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HBO leads Sports Emmy pack with 31 nominations
Published March 17, 2008
HBO has spent years dominating the prime-time Emmy Awards, and now it has its sights set on doing the same in the sports world.
The network earned 31 nominations this year, nearly doubling its 2007 Sports Emmy nomination total and topping the list for the first time. ESPN received 27 nominations, followed by NBC with 23, Fox with 18, CBS with 17 and TNT with 12. ABC trailed all broadcast networks with four nominations. ESPN2 tallied five nominations.
“Inside the NFL,” which ended its 31-year run on HBO in early February, received five nominations, its highest total ever. It tied with another HBO program, “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” for the most nominations this year.
“Real Sports” is guaranteed to win at least one Emmy after it received four of its five nominations in the sports journalism category. The show also swept that category in 2005.
The nominations were announced last Thursday in California during the IMG World Congress of Sports by Peter Price, president and CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg; Fox Sports President Ed Goren; and Turner Sports President David Levy.
NFL Network fared the best among league-owned or sport-specific networks with eight nominations, followed by one each for Golf Channel and NBA TV. NASCAR Images and PGA Tour Productions led league-owned production arms with three nominations, followed by MLB Productions with two.
Football coverage dominated the nominations. Among programs receiving multiple nods, NFL and college football-focused shows were selected almost three times as often as their closest competitor, NASCAR.
Frank Chirkinian, who focused his entire career with CBS on producing the Masters, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be honored during the award presentation on April 28 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.