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ESPN Takes the Lead With 42 Sports Emmy Nominations

Apr 2, 2009  •  Post A Comment

ESPN led the nominees for the 30th annual Sports Emmy Awards with 42 nominations, followed by NBC with 28. Fox and HBO were tied for third with 18.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will announce the winners of the Sports Emmys at a ceremony April 27 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.
The Emmys recognize achievement in live sports coverage, live series, studio show, promotional announcements, on-air personalities and sports documentaries in 32 categories.
Additionally, NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol will receive NATAS’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Ebersol has been the head of NBC Sports for 20 years and recently led the network during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing (the most-watched Olympiad) and Super Bowl XLIII (which had the franchise’s largest single audience). Mr. Ebersol is credited on seven of the top 10 most-watched TV events of all time.
The Games of the XXIX Olympiad led all sports programming with the most nominations, collecting 12. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” followed with nine nods. NASCAR coverage on ESPN and Fox, along with “Sport Science” on FSN, tied for third with five nominations each.
A full list of nominees is available here.
Nomination were announced today at the IMG World Congress of Sports in Miami.

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