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Sports Emmys: NBC’s work in Beijing leads nominations

NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics has picked up more Sports Emmy award nominations than any other event. The nominations were announced Thursday morning at the IMG World Congress of Sports.

NBC’s Olympic productions garnered 12 nominations, including Live Sports Special.

The National Academy of Arts and Sciences also plans to honor NBC Universal Sports & Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol with a lifetime achievement award at the awards presentation, scheduled for April 27 in New York.

Overall, ESPN has the most nominations, with 42, followed by NBC (28), HBO (18) and Fox (18).

NASCAR coverage also was well-recognized, with ESPN and Fox earning five nominations each for their coverage. Turner’s NASCAR programming, “TNT Summer Series,” earned a nomination for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

Turner, now in its third year of televising postseason baseball, received nominations for its NBA and Major League Baseball studio shows on TBS and TNT, respectively. “I’m happy that both of our studio shows were nominated,” said Turner Sports President David Levy. “I like the balance there.”

Interesting categories include Outstanding Weekly Studio Show, which pits five NFL shows against one another, including two from ESPN, and one each from Fox, NBC and CBS/Showtime. CBS’s NFL pregame show was not given a nomination. ESPN’s “College Gameday” is the only non-NFL programming to be given a nomination in the category.

However, CBS’s James Brown was nominated as Outstanding Studio Host, along with Bob Costas (NBC/HBO), Bryant Gumbel (HBO), Chris Berman (ESPN) and Ernie Johnson (TNT/TBS).

One of the most visible awards, for Outstanding Sport Event Analyst, saw nominations for Cris Collinsworth (NFL Network/NBC), Doug Collins (TNT), John Madden (NBC), Johnny Miller (NBC), Ron Jaworski (ESPN) and Tim McCarver (Fox).

Stories by staff writers Tripp Mickle, Jon Show, Eric Fisher and John Ourand. Photos by Alex Gort Sr. / Gort Productions.

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