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  • Calling the shots

    The image of Packers quarterback Bart Starr sneaking over the goal line at Lambeau Field to win the 1967 Ice Bowl is part of NFL lore. It’s the same in the NBA with Knicks center Willis Reed limping out of the Madison Square Garden locker room to help his team win the 1970 NBA championship.

    That history — now more than four decades old — has proved to be both a blessing and a curse to TV producers. While the history and mystique of these places allows for great television pictures, the older stadiums were not built with television in mind and the older infrastructure creates hiccups that TV producers don’t have to deal with at newer arenas.

    SportsBusiness Journal asked five network producers to talk about their likes and dislikes around producing sports events today. And we asked them to share what’s on their “bucket list” of events to produce.

    Bill Bell
    Executive producer for live events
    Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic

    Photo by: Comcast SportsNet

    For nearly three decades, Bell has produced games for the regional sports network in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., markets. Bell now handles the RSN’s productions for the Washington Capitals, a team whose games he has produced since 1987.

    First event in the truck:
    An Orioles game in 1986. “I was the stage manager for all the visiting baseball teams for the old Home Team Sports RSN.”

    Favorite TV enhancement:
    Super slo-mo. “These applications help us see things so much clearer.”

    ■ Favorite place to produce an event:
    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia. “This is easy for me because I’m from Philadelphia and grew up watching the Flyers at the Spectrum. Going back to Philly to do a game is a special treat for me. It makes me feel like a kid again.”

    Most challenging place to produce an event:
    Madison Square Garden. “They’ve done some renovations recently to improve things. But it’s always been a challenge. The building is very old and things don’t always work.”

    Career highlight:
    2000 Olympics. “I produced baseball at the Olympics where the U.S. team, led by Tommy Lasorda, won the gold.”

    ■ Bucket list:
    Stanley Cup Final. “Having the ability to direct an Olympic hockey game would be an awesome accomplishment for me, too.”



    Rob Hyland
    Producer, horse racing and Notre Dame football
    NBC Sports Group

    Hyland directs singer Faith Hill while taping a previous opening for “Sunday Night Football.”
    Photo by: NBC

    A 16-year veteran with NBC Sports, Hyland is gearing up for the network’s Triple Crown races this spring. The owner of 13 Sports Emmy awards, Hyland has played a big part in NBC’s Olympic telecasts, producing the track and field events from London. He will produce the figure skating and short-track events from Sochi.

    ■ First event in the truck: Bull riding in 2000. “I was 25 years old and Tommy Roy gave me a shot to produce a bull riding event from Santa Anita, Calif. My analyst was Ty Murray, who was dating Jewel at the time. Jewel liked to watch Ty from the control room. So I had to produce my first event with Jewel sitting directly to my right.”

    ■ Favorite TV enhancement:
    First-down line. “I don’t think anyone can watch an NFL game without the first-down line anymore.”

    ■ Favorite place to produce an event:
    Churchill Downs. “The energy associated with the TV compound at Churchill Downs is unmatched. There’s a huge buzz to the day. As Derby day progresses, you hear this roar get louder and louder.”

    ■ Most challenging place to produce an event:
    Churchill Downs. “With racing, in particular, there are so many variables you have to be prepared for. Each race has 20 horses, 20 jockeys, 20 trainers and 20 owners, and you have to keep track of them all.”

    Career highlight:
    Belmont Stakes, 2012. “I’ll Have Another was running for the Triple Crown. The day before the race, he scratched. We had built up this show around this horse being the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. We ended up re-doing the entire format for a three-hour telecast.”

    Bucket list:
    Opening ceremony for the Olympics. “I’d also love to produce prime-time NFL games.”



    Mark Wolff
    Coordinating producer
    CBS Sports

    Photo by: CBS

    A TV veteran with 30 years of experience at CBS, Wolff worked his first Final Four this year. He worked with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg during the tournament and is paired with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on CBS’s NFL games.

    First event in the truck: 1985 Buccaneers-Packers game at Lambeau Field. “Lynn Dickey led the Packers to a win over Steve Young and the Buccaneers in a snowstorm.”

    Favorite TV enhancement: Super slo-mo replays. “In an HD world, it’s changed the way we see things and changed the ways officials call the games.”

    Favorite place to produce an event: Allen Fieldhouse, University of Kansas. “There’s a mystique about these old stadiums, like Allen Fieldhouse, Cameron Indoor Stadium and Lambeau Field, that make them special. They have such great history and tradition.”

    ■ Most challenging place to produce an event: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University. “Some of the older buildings can be difficult. Our announcers at Cameron don’t sit on the floor. They’re up in the catbird seat, like Johnny Most when he did Celtics games.”

    Career highlight: Lillehammer Olympics, 1994. “From a storytelling perspective, Dan Jansen winning the gold medal at Lillehammer was a highlight. My list includes the 2000 Super Bowl, which was CBS’s first since it got the NFL rights back; the Elite Eight game this year when Kevin Ware broke his leg; and the Raiders-Patriots ‘Tuck Rule’ playoff game in 2001.”

    Bucket list: Horse racing’s Triple Crown. “There’s a beauty and elegance to horse racing.”



    Mike Muriano
    Senior coordinating producer
    NFL Networ
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    Photo by: NFL

    Muriano has been with NFL Network since the network launched in 2003. His main responsibility is to oversee all remote studio production for the network, which means he oversees the pregame and postgame shows for NFL Network’s Thursday night schedule.

    ■ First event in the truck: A combination boxing match/horse race in New Jersey in 1994. “I was hired to be a production runner for CBS Sports in the summer of 1994. “The Flushing Flash” Kevin Kelley knocked out Georgie “Go Go” Navarro at the Atlantic City Race Course.

    ■ Favorite TV enhancement: Cable-cam. “The various incarnations of Cable-cam show a part of the game that had never before been seen.”

    ■ Favorite place to produce an event: Lambeau Field, Green Bay. “Any time we go to Green Bay, it’s such a cool thing that never gets lost on me. It is a unique place with such a feel of Americana. It’s an old stadium, but it’s been updated enough to make it easier to produce shows from there.”

    ■ Most challenging place to produce an event: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio. “We love the event. But the stadium, which usually hosts high school games, presents some challenges when we bring an entire show on the road.”

    Career highlight: Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. “Every year we get a little more aggressive with what we do around the Super Bowl. In New Orleans, we had sets at around 10 locations that were in use from the time the players arrived to well after the final whistle.”

    ■ Bucket list: Super Bowl halftime. “I’m fascinated by the timing, logistics and creative aspects of the event.”



    Miguel Angel Garcia
    Coordinating producer
    Univision Deportes

    Photo by: Univision

    With more than 15 years of experience in TV production, Garcia oversees all live productions for Univision Deportes. Garcia’s résumé includes producing Mexican national soccer team games, in addition to NFL games and Summer Olympic events in 2008 and 2012.

    ■ First event in the truck: 2001 World Series. “I was helping out in the truck. I remember everyone was getting ready to celebrate when the Yankees were going to win. Those plans were scrapped when the Diamondbacks completed their comeback.”

    ■ Favorite TV enhancement: The 360-degree view. “It’s particularly helpful in soccer to see if a player was offsides. The 360-degree view helps us to see the details of a play and bring it back to the viewer.”

    ■ Favorite place to produce an event: Estadio Azteca. “This stadium … holds 105,000 people, screaming and yelling throughout the game. It’s a great atmosphere.”

    ■ Most challenging place to produce an event: Candlestick Park. “Any stadium can be challenging. Nobody expected the lights to go out at the Super Bowl, but they did. Of course, Cowboys Stadium is state-of-the-art compared to Candlestick Park, which has a few more challenges. At the end of the day, anything can happen anywhere.”

    ■ Career highlight: USA vs. Mexico matches. “The history and rivalry between these two is unmatched in this area. We spend weeks in advance interviewing coaches and players. We look forward to producing these games because of the expectations around them.”

    ■ Bucket list: Super Bowl. “So many different elements are part of this broadcast, it’s something I’d like to produce.”

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  • Snow put ESPN production team to the test

    The March 22 U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in Colorado probably is known more for the blinding snowstorm in which it was played than the actual result.

    For ESPN, which produced the game, the amazing on-screen visuals stood in stark contrast to the chaos associated with producing a game in the snow. ESPN producers had to deal with foggy and wet lenses, gale-force winds, a lack of replays and a makeshift studio set.

    “This was, by far, the largest amount of snowfall buildup that we’ve ever had to deal with,” said ESPN producer Chris Alexopoulos. “We’ve had MLS events that have been in the cold, and we’ve done some in the snow — but none that have built up that heavily.”

    Keeping cameras protected was no small task during last month’s Costa Rica vs. USA soccer match in Commerce City, Colo.
    Photo by: USA Today Sports
    ESPN’s cameramen were most affected by the snow. They were not able to shoot plays at a distance, meaning they could not cover action across the field. That caused problems when ESPN tried to come up with replays, Alexopoulos said.

    “There were times when a play would happen and I didn’t have a look of it at certain points,” he said. “That worried me a little bit because I thought there was a chance Costa Rica would score and replays might be a problem.”

    Cameramen ran into typical problems faced while shooting games in a snowstorm. Foggy lenses were not as much of a problem as snow buildup. For many of the replays in the second half, viewers could see the snow accumulate on and circle around the camera lens.

    “If a lens fogs up, it takes longer to fix,” Alexopoulos said. “If it’s snow, which was the major problem, the ball’s on one end of the field and you have to get that camera guy to wipe it off.”

    Because of the conditions, Alexopoulos adopted a minimalist approach to the game production, saying that he wanted to “get out of the way and let the pictures speak for themselves.”

    “It was our director’s show,” he said. “As a producer, you just make sure the announcers have the information they need and be ready for replays. But really, you just let the scene play out. I did have a little bit more time to reflect.”

    Alexopoulos, who spent the game in the production truck, said he was surprised officials even started the game. ESPN had a contingency plan to run a live “SportsCenter” in case the game was canceled.

    “We thought we had more than a 50 percent chance of that happening,” he said. “I know I was surprised that the game actually kicked off because we knew that it was going to build up relatively quickly.”

    ESPN producers had kept their eye on the weather forecast all week and figured the game would be played in bad weather. It wasn’t until earlier in the day that they realized it would be snow.

    “We were prepared for cold,” Alexopoulos said. “We were prepared for a little snow. The wind was really the dramatic
    Visibility during the game became so poor that ESPN camermen could not cover action across the field, which limited the network’s ability to show certain replays.
    Photo by: Getty Images
    thing in terms of putting on a television production, which affected some of the things we did. We knew the wind was going to be a problem in the early portion of the afternoon.”

    The wind presented the biggest problem for ESPN, Alexopoulos said. It forced ESPN to move its pregame and postgame set just 2 1/2 hours before kickoff.

    “This was a heavy-duty thing and something we didn’t expect would be a problem,” Alexopoulos said. “But the wind started to kick up to 30 or 40 mph, and it started to become a real danger to those guys.”

    ESPN decided to move the set, which had taken a full day to construct. It took about one hour for ESPN staff to move the set two sections over, to a covered area.

    “We moved it at 6 p.m., and it was ready to go at 7 p.m.,” he said. “It’s amazing that it took them one hour to move an entire set, the platform, the deck and all the audio equipment.”

    Perhaps the defining picture of the telecast came from the new set, where Bob Ley spoke as snow piled on his hair, and Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller provided analysis while wearing winter hunting hats that an ESPN production coordinator had bought earlier in the day from Bass Pro Shops in Denver.

    “We didn’t necessarily want to go for comedy, but for warmth,” Alexopoulos said. “We all decided that it would be fun and appropriate and not unprofessional. We knew it was going to be somewhat of a spectacle. We didn’t know that it was going to be that wonderful on television.”

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  • Bringing the fan closer

    Golf Channel’s Callaway Driving Grid

    Golf Channel first used the Driving Grid this year in Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The technology was used on the 18th hole, which features the course’s longest drives thanks to a downhill tee shot and wind blowing behind the player.

    Golf Channel’s lead producer, Tommy Roy, wanted to use on-screen graphics to show viewers how far the pros’ drives


    traveled as soon as the ball came to a stop.

    Using data from the Shot-Link scoring and statistical data system, producers could click on the ball when it stopped, and the yardage of the drive would pop up. SportsMedia Technology applied the technology.

    “My idea was just to use it on that one hole for that one tournament,” Roy said.

    Sponsors loved it, however, so Golf Channel’s ad sales team sold a sponsorship around it to Callaway. Roy’s plan to use the technology as a one-off was expanded to include most Golf Channel tournaments — including all PGA Tour tournaments on the network — this year.

    In each tournament, Golf Channel will use the technology on one hole. Roy said the hole typically will be a dog-leg that will allow the network to place a camera at least 100 feet above the hole.

    “We want to pick a hole where golfers are going to be ripping it with their driver,” Roy said. “If they are all using a 3-wood, it wouldn’t be nearly as effective.”

    Eventually, Roy believes the technology can be used on par 3s, showing how close tee shots are to the hole as soon as the ball stops moving. “Any time you can enhance the viewing experience for somebody, it’s helpful,” Roy said.



    Turner’s embedded cameras

    After Florida Gulf Coast University defeated San Diego State University to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 this year, TBS viewers got to see the jubilant team as it entered the locker room at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
    In one of the defining scenes from the tournament, players, coaches and managers from the upstart team broke out into impromptu dance moves — showing a mix of joy and bravado.


    The pictures were relayed nationally to TBS viewers from a small camera embedded in the locker room and demonstrated a philosophy Turner Sports brings to producing its sports telecasts.

    “It wasn’t a new technology, but it was an innovative mindset,” said Craig Barry, senior vice president of production for Turner Sports. “I believe in bringing the broadcast as close to the fan as possible. This is a way to get fans to places that they wouldn’t get to go.”

    It’s not just with cameras. Turner has worked extensively with the NBA to put microphones on players and embed small cameras in strategic places around the arena. Turner is talking with MLB about doing the same for its baseball telecasts.

    In coming years, Barry believes that leagues and teams will do more to embed cameras and microphones at games.

    “People are going to insist on being closer to the game and closer to the court in all sports,” he said. “Leagues are finding that there’s a value to being better connected to players, teams and leagues.”



    ESPN’s Orad MVP

    Several years ago, ESPN realized that it’s not enough to just show highlights on “SportsCenter,” particularly when fans can access them on the Internet.

    In 2011, “SportsCenter” producers started using a graphics platform from Orad to help it graphically show the stories

    behind the highlights. We know Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is fast, but now “SportsCenter” can say exactly how fast.

    ESPN uses Orad technology for its tennis and “Monday Night Football” coverage, too. It has used Orad technology since 2010 in its MLS telecasts, usually to better illustrate the offsides line.

    Essentially, Orad helps track plays and players and is able to follow the path of an object or person. How much does a curve ball break? Orad’s technology can demonstrate.

    “We obviously place a huge emphasis on our highlights,” said Michael Shiffman, senior coordinating producer for “SportsCenter.” “We can’t give the viewer just the plays as they’ve seen on the replay. We want to give the viewer a deeper and smarter experience.”

    “SportsCenter” also uses other systems, like ProTracer, to show how long home runs travel. “SportsCenter” executives use focus groups to help them decide which new technologies to use and which ones to shelve, Shiffman said.

    “We’re constantly looking for new techniques,” Shiffman said. “Right now looks different from a year ago.”



    MLB Network’s Cisco Ballpark Cam

    It was April 19, and the entire city of Boston was in lockdown as authorities searched for one of the men who set off bombs at the Boston Marathon.

    Photo by: MLB Network
    The Red Sox game scheduled for that night already had been canceled, but some players were locked down at Fenway Park, so they began throwing the ball on the field. MLB Network producers took it all in thanks to the network’s innovative Ballpark Cam, which the network has set up in every MLB ballpark.

    Each MLB ballpark is outfitted with two robotically controlled cameras — one in a dugout and one in center field. MLB Network producers control the cameras from their Secaucus, N.J., studios. The center-field cameras are equipped with wipers to clear the lens when it rains. The dugout cameras are in the home dugout for all but a handful of stadiums, where they are in the visitors dugout.

    “It’s almost like a video game,” said Susan Stone, MLB Network’s senior vice president of operations and engineering. “It’s how we get the majority of our content.”

    MLB Network President Tony Petitti and Ken Aagaard, CBS Sports executive vice president of engineering, operations and production services, hatched the idea of the Ballpark Cam alongside the launch of the network in 2009. MLB Network uses the cameras for its pregame show and postgame interviews. It also presents live look-ins using the cameras.

    “It helps us show a deeper, richer narrative of the game,” Stone said. “It helps us humanize what’s going on around the game.”



    Fox Sports’ pointers

    Fox Sports had been using “pointers” technology on its NASCAR coverage to help viewers identify cars during replays when, last year, it started using the technology during its NFL and postseason MLB telecasts.

    For NFL games, when a game analyst discussed a wide receiver or a lineman, producers used the technology to identify

    the player with an on-screen bug that pointed to the player and provided statistics. For MLB games, the technology was used during overhead shots to identify who was on base and who is in the field.

    The pointers technology was a collaborative project between ChyronHego, Sportvision and Fox Sports Media Group. It primarily is used during replays. Eventually, Fox Sports executives hope to use it during live action.

    “We want to move into getting this into the soccer world,” said John Entz, executive vice president of production and executive producer at Fox Sports. “It’s something that applies to multiple sports and allows us to dive in as deep as we can.”

    The system works best when an announcer talks about a player, allowing a producer to call up the pointer on him, complete with statistics. Before it can be used widely on live action, Entz said, “We need to improve the accuracy and efficiency of it.”

    Fox Sports executives like the technology and believe it adds to the telecast. But they say they will not roll out new technology just to show off new bells and whistles.

    “We’ll keep experimenting with it to see how the live portion looks when compared to the replays,” Entz said. “For every three to four technological advances, probably one or less is actually successful. Even though you can do it doesn’t mean you should do it.”

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  • Nominees for the 34th annual Sports Emmy Awards

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominees for the 34th annual Sports Emmy Awards. Winners will be honored during a ceremony May 7 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

    More than 170 nominees are up for awards in 34 categories. The networks of NBC Sports Group led the nomination totals with 58, ESPN received 43 and Turner Sports garnered 27. Here are highlights of the nominees:




















    Outstanding Live Sports Special
    The 96th Indianapolis 500......... ABC
    The 108th World Series.............. Fox
    The Army-Navy Game................CBS
    The Masters.................................CBS
    Super Bowl XLVI....................... NBC

    Outstanding Live Sports Series
    ESPN Monday Night Football......ESPN
    NASCAR on Fox..........................Fox/Speed
    NBA on TNT.................................TNT
    NFL on Fox...................................Fox
    Sunday Night Football...................NBC

    Outstanding Live Event Turnaround
    Down the Stretch................................Golf Channel
         The Honda Classic; PGA Tour Entertainment
    Games of the XXX Olympiad............NBC
    Inside the Headsets.............................Speed
         28th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race; NASCAR Media Group
    Monster Energy Supercross................ CBS
          Salt Lake City; Feld Motor Sports
    USA Pro Challenge.............................NBC
          The Race of Truth; Blink Productions

    Outstanding Playoff Coverage
    National League Championship Series...........Fox
          Cardinals vs. Giants
    NBA Playoffs..................................................TNT
    NFC Divisional Playoff...................................Fox
          49ers vs. Saints
    NFL Wild Card Saturday.................................NBC
          Bengals vs. Texans; Lions vs. Saints
    The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament......CBS/TBS/TNT/truTV

    Outstanding Edited Sports Special
    Michael Waltrip Racing All Access......................Speed
         Inside Michael Waltrip Racing: A Championship Quest; NASCAR Media Group
    One Heartbeat.......................................................CBS Sports Network
          CBS Sports
    Outside the Lines..................................................ESPN
          Believe
    Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story...............NBC Sports Network
          NFL Films
    Tecmo Super Bowl................................................NFL Network
          NFL Films

    Outstanding Sports Documentary
    26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story.....................ESPN2
    Dream Team..........................................................NBA TV
          NBA Entertainment
    Klitschko...............................................................HBO
          Broadview Pictures
    Namath..................................................................HBO
    The Announcement...............................................ESPN

    Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology
    30 for 30....................................................................................ESPN
    A Football Life..........................................................................NFL Network
         NFL Films
    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins..........HBO
          NFL Films
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel...............................................HBO
    The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins....................Showtime
         MLB Productions

    Outstanding Studio Show: Weekly
    College GameDay.....................................ESPN
    Football Night in America........................NBC
    Inside the NBA.........................................TNT
    Inside the NFL..........................................Showtime
         CBS Sports; NFL Films

    Outstanding Studio Show: Daily
    Inside the NBA.........................................TNT
    MLB Tonight............................................MLB Network
    NFL Live..................................................ESPN2
    NFL Total Access.....................................NFL Network
    Pardon the Interruption............................ESPN
          Rydholm Projects

    Outstanding Sports Journalism
    E: 60.............................................................ESPN2
          Beitar Jerusalem
    E: 60.............................................................ESPN2
          Busted Coverage
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.................HBO
          Hockey’s Darkest Day
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.................HBO
          Your Brain on Football

    Outstanding Short Feature
    College GameDay............................................ESPN
          Fist Bump: A Brotherly Bond
    College GameDay............................................ESPN
          Kick of Hope
    E: 60.................................................................ESPN2
          Perfect
    Inside the NFL.................................................Showtime
          One Last Wish: The Danny Webber Story
    MLB on Fox....................................................Fox
          Negro Leagues
    NFL Films Presents.........................................NFL Network
          Slackliner; NFL Films
    NFL GameDay Morning.................................NFL Network
         Immaculate Remembrance
    SportsCenter....................................................ESPN
          Run With Me

    Outstanding Long Feature
    E: 60.............................................................ESPN2
         Mike Powell: In Relentless Pursuit
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.... .................NBC
          Olga Korbut
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.................HBO
          Chancellor Lee Adams: The Fighter
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.................HBO
          Steve Gleason: Tragic Hero
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbe................. HBO
          Two of a Kind

    Outstanding Open/Tease
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.....................NBC
         Measure & Motion
    MLB Network Division Series....................MLB Network
          The Scrapbook
    NBA on TNT...............................................TNT
          All-Star Game Tease
    NBA on TNT...............................................TNT
          Brooklyn Nets/New York Knicks; Spike Lee Tease
    NCAA March Madness...............................truTV
          Brackets Everywhere; CBS Sports/Turner Sports
    Red Bull Signature Series...........................NBC
         Show Open; Red Bull Media House
    Sunday Night Football................................NBC
          Waiting All Day for Sunday Night

    Outstanding New Approaches Sports Event Coverage
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.................NBCOlympics.com
          Live from London
    March Madness Live...............................NCAA.com
    NFL RedZone..........................................NFL Network
    Red Bull Stratos: Space Jump.................YouTube
          Red Bull Media House
    Super Bowl XLVI Extra..........................NBCSports.com

    Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming
    ESPNU Unite.......................................................ESPNU
    Everything to Prove.............................................NFL.com
          NFL Films
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.............................NBCOlympics.com
          Countdown to London
    Royce White Battles Anxiety on Draft Day........grantland.com
    The Arnold Palmer..............................................grantland.com
    The NFL Season: A Biography...........................NFL Media

    Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming Short Format
    ESPNU Unite Social Highlight..........................ESPNU
    Story Time with Jalen Rose................................grantland.com
          Jalen Rose Steals Patrick Ewing’s TV
    Numbers Never Lie Whiteboard........................ESPN2
    Speaking Out......................................................NFL Media
    Sport Science.....................................................ESPN
          Base Productions

    Outstanding Sports Personality: Studio Host
    James Brown.......................CBS/Showtime
    Bob Costas..........................NBC/NBC Sports Network
    Rich Eisen...........................NFL Network
    Ernie Johnson......................TNT/NBA TV
    Dan Patrick..........................NBC/NBC Sports Network/DirecTV

    Outstanding Sports Personality: Play by Play
    Mike Breen.......................ABC
    Mike Emrick.....................NBC/NBC Sports Network
    Al Michaels.......................NBC
    Jim Nantz..........................CBS

    Outstanding Sports Personality: Studio Analyst
    Charles Barkley...............TNT/NBA TV
    Tony Dungy.....................NBC
    Boomer Esiason...............CBS
    Harold Reynolds..............MLB Network
    Bill Ripken.......................MLB Network
    Kurt Warner......................NFL Network

    Outstanding Sports Personality: Sports Event Analyst
    Ato Boldon......................NBC
    Cris Collinsworth............NBC
    Jon Gruden......................ESPN
    Jim Kaat..........................MLB Network
    Mike Mayock..................NFL Network/NBC

    Outstanding Sports Personality: Sports Reporter
    Andrea Joyce.................NBC/NBC Sports Network
    Pierre McGuire..............NBC/NBC Sports Network
    Lisa Salters....................ESPN
    Michele Tafoya..............NBC
    Tom Verducci................MLB Network/TBS

    Outstanding Technical Team Remote
    America’s Cup World Series...............NBC
          America’s Cup Event Authority
    Games of the XXX..............................Olympiad NBC
    MLB on Fox........................................Fox
    The Masters.........................................ESPN3D/CBS
    Winter X Games 2012.........................ESPN3D

    Outstanding Technical Team Studio
    Games of the XXX Olympiad............NBC/Bravo/MSNBC/NBC Sports Network/Telemundo
    MLB Tonight......................................MLB Network
    UEFA Euro 2012................................ESPN

    Outstanding Camera Work
    24/7...............................................HBO
          Pacquiao Marquez 4
    E: 60.............................................ESPN2
          Remember Bluffton
    Games of the XXX Olympiad......NBC
          Measure & Motion
    Ironman World Championship.....NBC
          Ironman Productions
    NFL Films Presents......................NFL Network
          NFL Films
    Outside the Lines..........................ESPN
          Breaking the Silence

    Outstanding Editing
    24/7........................................................................................HBO
          Pacquiao Marquez 4
    Being: Liverpool....................................................................Fox Soccer Channel
    Games of the XXX Olympiad...............................................NBC
          Profiles of the London Games
    Grand Slam Tennis................................................................ESPN2
          Australian Open, Wimbledon & U.S. Open
    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins......HBO
          NFL Films
    NBA on TNT.........................................................................TNT
    Outside the Lines...................................................................ESPN
          Breaking the Silence

    Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound
    MLB Network Spring Training Game..................MLB Network
          Indians vs. Diamondbacks; All Audio
    MLB on Fox..........................................................Fox
    NASCAR on Fox...................................................Fox

    Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound
    24/7..........................................................................................HBO
          Pacquiao Marquez 4
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.................................................NBC
         Measure & Motion
    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins........HBO
          NFL Films
    NBA on TNT...........................................................................TNT

    Outstanding Graphic Design
    Games of the XXX Olympiad....................NBC/NBC Sports Network
    MLB Network Division Series...................MLB Network
           The Scrapbook
    Sport Science..............................................ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews
           Base Productions
    Sunday Night Football................................NBC
    UEFA Euro 2012........................................ESPN

    Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction
    MLB Postseason on TBS..........................TBS
          Studio Orad
    NCAA March Madness.............................truTV
          Brackets Everywhere
    Outside the Lines.......................................ESPN
          Defiance: The Story of FC Start
    Sunday Night Football...............................NBC
          Open

    The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.........NBC/Bravo/CNBC
    The Multi Screen Olympics............MSNBC/NBC Sports Network/NBCOlympics.com/Telemundo
    Games of the XXX Olympiad/NBC Golf Tour.............NBC
          360 Cam
    MLB on Fox....................................Fox
          Phantom Camera
    NASCAR on Fox............................Fox
          3D Cutaway Car
    NFL on Fox.....................................Fox
          Super Zoom

    The Dick Schaap Writing Award
    24/7.................................................HBO
          Pacquiao Marquez 4
    30 for 30.........................................ESPN
          Ghosts of Ole Miss
    Games of the XXX Olympiad........NBC
          Measure & Motion
    NFL Films Presents........................NFL Network
          Like a Rose; NFL Films
    The Open Championship................ESPN
          Old
    The Open Championship................ESPN
          Essays

    Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics
    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins...........HBO
          NFL Films
    Namath........................................................................................HBO
         NFL Films
    Road to the Super Bowl..............................................................NFL Network
         NFL Films

    Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement: Institutional
    It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports....................................................ESPN
          Shake On It, The Name, Born Into It; Wieden & Kennedy
    MLB Postseason on TBS.....................................................TBS
          Bruce Springsteen, Land of Dreams
    NASCAR on ESPN: Nothing Beats First Place...................ESPN
          Worse, Painful, Scary; Wieden & Kennedy
    NBA on TNT: John Turturro “Claude X: Street Artist”.......TNT
         Intro, Prolific, Struggle
    NCAA March Madness........................................................TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV
          Brackets Everywhere
    The Voice of Golf.................................................................CBS
          Confessions, Navigation, Costumes; Concentrate Films

    Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement: Episodic
    A Football Life................................................NFL Network
          Life Story; NFL Films
    Feherty Live from Ryder Cup.........................Golf Channel
          Pro America, Pro Europe, Split Decision; NBC Sports Agency
    Games of the XXX Olympiad.........................NBC
          Britain Just Got Great
    The Dream Team.............................................NBA TV
          Trailer; NBA Entertainment
    The Triple Crown............................................NBC
          Trailer


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