NBC walked away with 11 Sports Emmy awards last night, including five for its coverage of the London Games. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" won Outstanding Live Sports Series for the fifth consecutive year. HBO came in second with six awards and NBC Sports Network took the third spot with four wins. ESPN, MLB Network, TBS and TNT all earned three nods. Linked here is a complete list of '13 Sports Emmy winners, and below are the winners in the Outstanding Sports Personality category (THE DAILY).
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TWITTER REAX: ESPN's Bill Simmons wrote on his Twitter account, "Anyone who hates ESPN should go to the Sports Emmys -- it's the one night that the industry can get us back by not voting for anything we do." SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote, "PTI & 30 for 30 have combined for just one Sports Emmy win (PTI in 2009). I applaud Bill Simmons for calling them out. ... And Skip Bayless was nominated for a Sports Emmy last year. I consider the North Korean government more legit." The Big Lead's Tyler Duffy: "Sports Emmys, while higher up the totem poll than ESPYs, are still in the 'you might have to update your wikipedia page yourself' realm."
Electronic Arts late yesterday said as part of its FY '13 and Q4 earnings report that it still plans to release a new edition of "NBA Live" in the next year despite a three-year lapse and continued rumors of development problems. Further details will be disclosed at the E3 industry conference in L.A. next month. EA's basketball video gaming business has undergone significant turbulence in the last several years including two shuttered game editions, multiple overhauls of key development personnel, and a shift of the game's production from Vancouver to Orlando. EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said, "We're very focused on getting into the NBA business in a significant way this year." He also promised a reveal at E3 of a "brand new (game) engine from EA Sports" as the company and rest of the industry prepare for the next console hardware generation. Meanwhile, EA said it sold 14.5 million units of "FIFA 13," up about 30% from the prior year's edition, and generated more than $200M in digital revenue from the game franchise, up 94% from "FIFA 12." EA ended the quarter with $323M in net income, down from $400M in Q4 a year ago. It also reported total revenue of $1.2B, down from $1.37B.
STAYING IN THE GAME: EA today announced it has extended its licensing agreement with FIFA through '22. The company retains the right to develop its "FIFA" game franchise, including World Cup editions, and retains its status as a presenting partner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
NBC yesterday announced Carrie Underwood this season will perform the "SNF" opening theme song. She will make her "SNF" debut on Sunday, Sept. 8 for the Giants-Cowboys game (NBC). "SNF" Exec Producer Fred Gaudelli said previous performer Faith Hill "called me in February and told me that she felt it was time, as she called it, to 'pass the torch and let somebody else rock the open.'" Gaudelli: "At that point, I only had one person in my sights, and that was Carrie. ... She's the only person I spoke to about this" (LATIMES.com, 5/7). SportsNet N.Y.’s Adam Schein asked, “How in the world is Faith Hill leaving that gig for ‘Sunday Night Football?’ It’s the best intro in all of sports” (“Loud Mouths,” SNY, 5/7).
NO HURRY: DirecTV Chair, President & CEO Mike White said of the company's NFL Sunday Ticket package, "I want to continue that relationship, we have two more seasons to go." In N.Y., Claire Atkinson notes DirecTV pays the NFL about $1B a year for Sunday Ticket, and has "about 2 million subscribers paying for the exclusive coverage." The company likely will be "asked to pay a sizable fee increase under a new contract" (N.Y. POST, 5/8).
OWNING UP: In Chicago, Samantha Bomkamp notes former Comcast SportsNet Chicago Blackhawks reporter Susannah Collins yesterday "apologized and acknowledged missteps" that led to the RSN firing her. Collins prior to the CSN Chicago gig co-hosted a YouTube series called "Sports Nutz," and the videos "were often raunchy, sexually explicit and employed potentially racist stereotypes." Collins in a statement said, "The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive. I understand why some may have been offended by it and for this I am truly sorry" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/8).
LOYAL TO THE END: SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass noted Fox made a "big decision Sunday that shows what it thinks of NASCAR" by sticking with coverage of the Sprint Cup Series Aaron's 499 into primetime. It could have given the race "to Speed or one of its networks after the rain delay of 3 hours, 36 minutes." But the net "opted to go to the end on network television, and it had to get the OK from its entertainment department to keep it on past" 7:00pm ET (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 5/7).