SBJ/May 8 - 14, 2006/This Weeks News

Statue-esque: HBO leads way at Sports Emmys

HBO led the way at last week’s annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony in New York, winning six trophies and sharing a seventh with NBC for top studio host Bob Costas. The cable network’s haul, more than any other individual network, marked the second such win in three years.

HBO’s key Emmy wins included top studio show for “Inside the NFL,” top studio analyst for Cris Collinsworth, and outstanding sports journalism for a “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” feature on racism in soccer.

The ESPN conglomerate of networks and sister operation ABC Sports combined for 13 trophies spread out over four channels and, mostly in technical categories. The big Walt Disney Co. win came for John Madden as top sports event analyst in ABC’s final season of “Monday Night Football.” Madden has now moved over to NBC and will lead that network’s coverage of the NFL on Sunday nights.

In a more poignant moment, ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap won an Emmy writing award named for his late father, Dick, for a “SportsCenter” feature on chess icon Bobby Fischer.

Fox led the broadcast networks with five wins, most notably Joe Buck’s fifth consecutive win for top play-by-play personality and an outstanding live sports series win for the network’s NASCAR coverage.

TNT won two Emmys, including outstanding live sports special for last summer’s coverage of the 134th British Open. CBS and USA each won one trophy.

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