NBC Sports, Whitaker Highlight 33rd Annual Emmy Awards for Sports

The NBC Sports Group led the way last night when it took home nine Sports Emmys at a ceremony held at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, including two for NBC Sunday Night Football, one for Outstanding Live Sports Series. And Versus snagged the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award for its America’s Cup Highlight Show.

Roger Goodell and Malachyg Wienges, winners of the Chairman's Award at The Sports Emmys

Major League Baseball was front and center for the night as Fox Sports MLB coverage captured awards for Outstanding Technical Team Remote (shared with ESPN 3D for Winter X Games 15), Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound, Outstanding Live Sports Special for The World Series. Meanwhile MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” nabbed honors for Outstanding Daily Studio Show.

PGA.com and Turner Sports won Outstanding New Approaches to Sports Event Coverage for the PGA Championship Live, and CBS Sports “A Game of Honor” won New Approaches for Sports Programming.

For the night ESPN captured six awards, Turner Sports and Fox Sports five each, CBS Sports four, HBO and MLB Network three each, NFL Network two, and PGA.com one.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack Whitaker, sports commentator and essayist, by  Jim Nantz, play-by-play announcer of “The NFL on CBS,” NCAA college basketball and golf on CBS.

CBS Sports lead play-by-play announcer presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to sportscasting legend Jack Whitaker.

In addition, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell was honored with the Chairman’s Award representing the networks and their patriotic coverage of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks last fall.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL: The World Series on Fox

Outstanding LIVE SPORTS SERIES: NBC Sunday Night Football

Outstanding LIVE EVENT TURNAROUND: Inside the Headsets, Speed

Outstanding PLAYOFF COVERAGE: NBC NFL Wildcard Saturday

Outstanding EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL: Outside the Lines on ESPN2

Outstanding SPORTS DOCUMENTARY: A Game of Honor on Showtime, CBS Sports

Outstanding EDITED SPORTS SERIES/Anthology:  The Franchise, Showtime

Outstanding STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY: Inside the NBA on TNT

Susan Stone of MLB Network with one of three Emmys the network won last night.

Outstanding STUDIO SHOW – DAILY: MLB Tonight on MLB Network

Outstanding SPORTS JOURNALISM: Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO

Outstanding SHORT FEATURE: E:60, Together on ESPN2 and Outside the Lines, Time Out of Mind on ESPN

Outstanding LONG FEATURE: Outside the Lines, The Man Behind the Red Bandanna, ESPN

Outstanding OPEN/TEASE: NBA on TNT, NBA Forever

Outstanding NEW APPROACHES SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE: PGA Championship Live on PGA.com

Outstanding NEW APPROACHES SPORTS PROGRAMMING: A Game of Honor, CBSSports.com

Outstanding Sports Personality ‑ STUDIO HOST: Bob Costas, NBC/MLB Network

Outstanding Sports Personality ‑ PLAY‑BY‑PLAY: Joe Buck, Fox

Outstanding Sports Personality ‑ STUDIO ANALYST: Charles Barkley, TNT/NBA

Outstanding Sports Personality ‑ SPORTS EVENT ANALYST: Cris Collinsworth, NBC

Outstanding Sports Personality ‑ SPORTS REPORTER: Michele Tafoya, NBC

Jerry Steinberg (left) and Fred Aldous of Fox Sports with the Emmy for Outstanding Live Audio

Outstanding TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE: MLB on FOX and Winter X Games 15, ESPN 3D

Outstanding TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO: MLB Tonight, MLB Network

Outstanding CAMERA WORK: The 2011 Ironman World Championship, NBC

Outstanding EDITING: 24/7 Pacquiao-Marquez, HBO

The Dick Schaap WRITING AWARD: 24/7 Flyers‑Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic, HBO

Outstanding MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS: Ed Sabol’s Last Football Movie, NFL Network, NFL Films

Outstanding Live Event AUDIO / SOUND: MLB on Fox

Outstanding Post Produced AUDIO / SOUND: Sound FX: All Access , NFL Network/NFL Films

Outstanding GRAPHIC DESIGN: Sport Science, ESPN, Base Productions

Outstanding PRODUCTION DESIGN / ART DIRECTION: NBC Sunday Night Football

The George Wensel TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: America’s Cup Highlight Show, Versus and Live Line


Outstanding SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT – EPISODIC: 2011 Stanley Cup Final, No Words, NBC and A Game of Honor, Showtime, CBS Sports

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