ESPN, CBS lead the way at Emmys
ESPN’s network group took home 10 awards from last week’s 39th annual Sports Emmys, including trophies for weekly studio show (“College GameDay”) and studio host (Bob Ley).
CBS, which won a network-leading eight awards, was honored in five categories for its coverage of the New England Patriots’ comeback victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game and won for live sports special with the 118th Army-Navy Game.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award went to IMG Media’s Barry Frank. As a rights negotiator, event creator and talent agent, Frank negotiated rights fees for multiple Olympic Games, created popular programming ranging from “The Superstars” to “The Skins Game,” and helped nurture the careers of such television talent as John Madden, Jim Nantz and Mike Tirico.
A coalition of networks, led by Univision, was honored with the Chairman’s Award for their response to natural disasters last year in Texas, Florida, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Winners from the 39th Sports Emmy Awards, announced May 8 in New York City
Outstanding Live Sports Special: The 118th Army-Navy Game, CBS
Outstanding Live Sports Series: “Sunday Night Football,” NBC
Outstanding Studio Show, Weekly: “College GameDay,” ESPN
Outstanding Studio Show, Daily: “MLB Tonight,” MLB Network
Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Host: Bob Ley, ESPN
Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst: Harold Reynolds, MLB Network
Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Event Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN/ABC
Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Reporter: Tom Verducci, MLB Network/Fox
Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play: Mike “Doc” Emrick, NBC/NBCSN
The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award: AFC Championship, “Teasing John Malkovich,” CBS
Outstanding Studio Show, Limited Run: “MLB on Fox, The Postseason” Fox / FS1