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ESPN Leads This Year's Sports Emmy Nominations With 55 Total

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for this year’s Sports Emmy Awards to be given on April 30 at the Time Warner Center in N.Y. The ESPN family of networks lead the way with 55 total nominations, while the NBC Sports Group garnered 32, CBS entries received 26 nominations and Turner Sports networks have 22. ESPN garnered 36 nominations to lead all individual networks, with NBC gaining 22 nominations and HBO receiving 19. The NATAS will give its Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports to commentator/essayist Jack Whitaker (NATAS). The following are the nominees for best studio host and analysts, best game play-by-play announcer and analyst, and best weekly and daily studio show.
BEST STUDIO HOST
James Brown CBS/Showtime
Bob Costas NBC/MLB Network
Bryant Gumbel HBO
Ernie Johnson TNT/NBA TV
Dan Patrick NBC/DirecTV
BEST PLAY-BY-PLAY
Marv Albert CBS/TBS/TNT
Joe Buck Fox
Mike Emrick NBC/Versus
Al Michaels NBC
Jim Nantz CBS
BEST STUDIO ANALYST
Charles Barkley CBS/NBA TV/TNT
Skip Bayless ESPN2
Cris Collinsworth Showtime
Trent Dilfer ESPN
Kirk Herbstreit ESPN
Al Leiter MLB Network
Harold Reynolds MLB Network
BEST SPORTS EVENT ANALYST
Cris Collinsworth NBC
Gary Danielson CBS
Jon Gruden ESPN
Jim Kaat MLB Network
Mike Maycock NFL Network
BEST WEEKLY STUDIO SHOW
"College GameDay" ESPN
"Football Night in America" NBC
"Inside the NBA on TNT" TNT
"Inside the NFL" Showtime (CBS Sports)
"Sunday NFL Countdown" ESPN
BEST DAILY STUDIO SHOW
"Inside the NBA on TNT" (Playoffs) TNT
"MLB Tonight" MLB Network
"NASCAR Now" ESPN
"Pardon the Interruption" ESPN (Rydholm Projects)
"SportsCenter" ESPN
"SportsNation" ESPN2

TWITTER REAX: The nominees were being discussed on Twitter this morning. CBS' Tim Brando wrote, "Proud of my colleagues at Raycom Sports. For the 3rd time in 4yrs. Football Saturdays in the South captured an Emmy Award. Happy to Host it!" ESPN's Ryan McGee wrote, "Congrats to all my friends across the biz for their Sports Emmy noms. And how about that #NASCAR Now?!" Blogger John Daly wrote, "So, @dpshow not nominated for outstanding daily studio show Sports Emmy..but Sports Nation is! #cutefactor."
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