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ESPN Leads All Networks With 52 Sports Emmy Awards Nominations

ESPN leads all networks with 52 nominations for the Sports Emmy Awards, followed by NBC with 25 and HBO with 22 (THE DAILY). DAILY VARIETY's Stuart Levine noted ESPN/ABC's coverage of the '10 FIFA World Cup was the "most honored event with 12 noms, slightly above the 11 earned by NBC for its coverage of the Vancouver Olympics." This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to NBC's Al Michaels during the May 2 ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall in N.Y. (, 3/22). See nominees in select categories below.

Outstanding Sports Personality --
Outstanding Sports Personality --
Sports Event Analyst
Fox' Joe Buck NBC's Cris Collinsworth
MLB Network's Bob Costas ESPN's Jon Gruden
NBC's Mike Emrick ESPN's Orel Hershiser
CBS' Verne Lundquist CBS' Phil Simms
NBC's Al Michaels ABC's Jeff Van Gundy
CBS' Jim Nantz  
Outstanding Sports Personality --
Studio Host
Outstanding Sports Personality --
Studio Analyst
ESPN's Chris Berman ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit
CBS/Showtime's James Brown TNT's Charles Barkley
NBC/MLB Network's Bob Costas ESPN's Tom Jackson
TNT's Ernie Johnson Fox' Howie Long
NBC/DirecTV's Dan Patrick MLB Network's Harold Reynolds
ESPN's Scott Van Pelt  
Outstanding Weekly Studio Show Outstanding Sports Documentary
ESPN's "College GameDay" ESPN's "June 17th, 1994"
NBC's "Football Night in America" HBO's "Lombardi"
TNT's "Inside the NBA" HBO's "Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals"
NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" ESPN2's "Robben Island: A Greater Goal"
MLB Network's "Studio 42 with Bob Costas" ESPN Deportes' "The Two Escobars"

INSTANT CLASSIC: In Pittsburgh, Rob Rossi reports HBO's "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic" earned seven total nominations. Penguins VP/Communications Tom McMillan "wasn't surprised by the Sports Emmy nominations." McMillan: "The series was phenomenal, due in large part to the talent and creativity of the HBO crew. They presented hockey in a way that people hadn't seen it before -- even those of us who work in the game. We'll be rooting for them to win" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/23).