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.
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.
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
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
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‑ INSTITUTIONAL: NBA on TNT, Shaq ‘Get Ready’
Outstanding SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT – EPISODIC: 2011 Stanley Cup Final, No Words, NBC and A Game of Honor, Showtime, CBS Sports