SBJ/May 7 - 13, 2007/This Weeks News

Sports Emmys crowd hails Johnson, Ohlmeyer

Turner Broadcasting’s Ernie Johnson left the stage of the 28th annual Sports Emmys last week to a standing ovation after taking home the night’s final award for outstanding studio host. The honor signified the most poignant moment of the evening, since Johnson was diagnosed with cancer last year and went through a round of chemotherapy before the start of the season.

“It’s been kind of a bizarre year,” an emotional Johnson told the crowd. “A year ago, I didn’t want to be on TV.”

Overall, NBC Sports and ABC/ESPN emerged as the big winners at the Sports Emmys, which were held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

NBC claimed nine awards, the most for any single network, with its coverage of the Torino Olympic Games and “Sunday Night Football” winning three Emmys each. ABC/ESPN grabbed 10, the biggest haul for any network group. ABC and ESPN each were responsible for four of those, and ESPN2 and for one each.

TNT took home four awards, including Johnson’s honor.

Cris Collinsworth took two awards, winning for outstanding studio analyst with HBO and NBC, as well as for sports event analyst for NFL Network. Bob Costas, Collinsworth’s colleague at HBO and NBC, congratulated Collinsworth for his unprecedented win of two Emmys in the studio and game analyst categories. Costas drew laughs when he pointed out that it also is unprecedented that Collinsworth is “a former Cincinnati Bengal who hasn’t done time.”

Speed scored the evening’s biggest upset by winning the outstanding live event turnaround for “Beyond the Wheel” over NBC’s Olympics coverage. HBO also was a multiple winner, grabbing three honors. CBS and NFL Network took home one award each.

 Fox took home five honors, including three for the broadcast network and one each for Speed and FSN. Fox took home the outstanding live sports special with its “MLB on Fox: Postseason.”

Don Ohlmeyer received two standing ovations as he picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was introduced by longtime friend and colleague Dick Ebersol, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chair, who left a pack of Marlboros, a lighter and an ashtray on stage for the chain-smoking Ohlmeyer, noting that the former ABC/NBC/ESPN exec took five cigarette breaks at dinner the night before. In accepting the award, Ohlmeyer spoke of his mentor Roone Arledge, and called on the crowd to continue to take risks.

Brady Quinn’s drop to the 22nd spot in the NFL draft became the punch line for several presenters. Before announcing the first winner, CBS’s Jim Nantz drew laughter when he approached the lectern and said, “This just in. With the 22nd pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Brady Quinn.”

Sports Emmy awards broken down by broadcast and cable entities

From left: Old friends and colleagues Dick Ebersol (left) and Don Ohlmeyer, Turner’s
Ernie Johnson, and Ohlmeyer accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award

No. of Emmys
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