42nd Sports Emmy Nominations: ESPN Tops Among the Networks, Super Bowl LV Leads All Programs

In a year of sports production unlike any other, ESPN led all network groups with 54 nominations, and CBS Sports’ presentation of Super Bowl LV topped all individual programs with 11 nods in the 42nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards nominations. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) unveiled the nominees today, and the ceremony will be live-streamed at Watch.TheEmmys.TV on June 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s 54 nods were the most of any network group, followed by Fox Sports (with 31), NFL Media (28), NBC Sports Group (25), CBS Sports (24), Turner Sports (20), HBO (13), MLB Network (10), Netflix (9), RBTV and Univision (5 each), and YouTube, Apple TV+, and Showtime (3 each).

CBS’s Super Bowl LV earned the most nominations of any program, while NFL Network’s NFL 360 had a breakout year with nine nods and ESPN’s E:60 had seven. Four nominations apiece went to Fos NASCAR, Fox NFL Sunday, NFL Network’s NFL Total Access, HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Netflix’s Rising Phoenix, and ESPN’s SC Featured. Turner’s 2020 NBA All-Star Game on TNT, Fox NFL, Apple TV+’s Greatness Code, Turner’s Inside the NBA, MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, RBTV’s The Old World — A Mindtrip Through Europe, and ESPN’s The Undefeated Presents each earned three nominations.

“Today, we honor the talented professionals who, during this unprecedented time of a worldwide pandemic, still found ways to inform, entertain, and excite the passionate fan base that makes up the sports universe,” said NATAS President/CEO Adam Sharp in the announcement. “The challenges they have overcome and this inspiring and diverse set of nominees are nothing short of remarkable.”

“In a year when sports production literally ground to a halt,” added Justine Gubar, executive director, Sports Emmy Awards, NATAS, “we received a record number of submissions. From innovative solutions to the constraints of production during the pandemic to the superb storytelling that confronted the social-justice issues of our times, we are so proud of what our nominees were able to achieve. I’m particularly excited about the debut of our Outstanding Sports Personality – Emerging On-Air Talent category, which welcomes five new sports personalities into the Emmy-nominee family.”

On the technology side, the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award will go to one of the five nominees: Fox NASCAR’s Racing Drone, Fox NFL’s Megalodon, MLB Network Showcase’s Statcast 3D, MLB Postseason on TBS’s Base Cam, or NBC’s HDR LUTs on Notre Dame Football.

In the Outstanding Technical Team Event category, CBS earned nominations for its Masters and Super Bowl LV coverage, ESPN was nominated for its College Football Playoff National Championship, Fox for its NASCAR coverage, and ESPN/TNT/NBA for the NBA Bubble operation.

On the Outstanding Technical Team Studio side, nods went to the 2020 NFL Draft by ESPN/ABC/NFL Network, ESPN’s College GameDay, Fox’s NASCAR coverage, MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, and The Super Bowl Today on CBS.

Also of note in the live-event categories, Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound nominations went to NBC’s NASCAR coverage and Sunday Night Football, Fox MLB, The NFL on CBS, and ESPN’s US Open tennis coverage. In addition, the award for Outstanding Live Graphic Design will g to one of the following: ESPN’s College Football, Fox NFL, MLB Networks’ MLB Tonight (Welcome Home), Nickelodeon/CBS’s NFC Wild Card Game, or CBS’s Super Bowl LV.

Here is a full list of the nominees:

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL

  • 2020 NBA All-Star Game on TNT – TNT
  • The 116th World Series (Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers) – FOX
  • The 146th Kentucky Derby – NBC
  • The Match on TNT, Champions for Charity – TNT
  • Super Bowl LV (Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – CBS

OUTSTANDING LIVE SPORTS SERIES

  • FOX NASCAR – FOX/FS1
  • FOX NFL – FOX/NFL Network
  • NFL on CBS – CBS
  • PGA Tour on CBS – CBS
  • Sunday Night Football – NBC

OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE

  • 2020 NBA Playoffs on TNT – TNT
  • AFC Playoffs – CBS
  • NASCAR Playoffs on NBC – NBC/NBCSN
  • NFC Wild Card Game (Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints) – Nickelodeon/CBS Sports
  • Sunday Night Football: Playoffs – NBC/Peacock

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM EVENT

  • College Football Playoff National Championship (Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Alabama Crimson Tide) – ESPN
  • FOX NASCAR – FOX/FS1
  • The Masters – CBS
  • NBA Bubble – ESPN/TNT/NBA
  • Super Bowl LV (Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – CBS

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO

  • 2020 NFL Draft – ESPN/ABC/NFL Network
  • College GameDay – ESPN
  • FOX NASCAR – FOX/FS1
  • MLB Tonight – MLB Network
  • The Super Bowl Today – CBS

THE GEORGE WENSEL TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • FOX NASCAR, The Racing Drone – FOX/FS1
  • FOX NFL, Megalodon – FOX
  • MLB Network Showcase, Statcast 3D – MLB Network
  • MLB Postseason on TBS, Base Cam – TBS
  • Notre Dame Football, NBC HDR LUTs – NBC

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS EVENT COVERAGE

  • America’s Game: The 2019 Kansas City Chiefs – NFL Network/NFL Films
  • Hey Rookie: Welcome To The NFL: 2020 NFL Draft – ESPN/NFL Films
  • NFL Game Day All-Access, Super Bowl LV – NFL Network/NFL Films
  • NHL on NBC, WIRED: Stadium Series – Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche – NBCSN
  • UFC The Walk, McGregor vs. Cowboy – UFC Fight Pass/UFC

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL

  • Inside the NBA, Kobe Bryant Memorial – TNT
  • NFL 360, Black History Month – NFL Network
  • NFL 360, Women in Football – NFL Network
  • SC Presents: 2020 – Heroes, History and Hope – ESPN
  • The Undefeated Presents, The Stop – Living, Driving and Dying While Black – ESPN

OUTSTANDING EDITED SPORTS SERIES

  • Defying Gravity: The Untold Story of Women’s Gymnastics – YouTube/YouTube Originals
  • Greatness Code – Apple TV+/Religion of Sports/UNINTERRUPTED
  • The Playbook – Netflix/SpringHill Company/Delirio Films/Boardwalk Pictures
  • The Shop: UNINTERRUPTED – HBO/UNINTERRUPTED/Frēhand
  • We Are the Champions – Netflix/Dirty Robber

OUTSTANDING ESPORTS COVERAGE

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Challengers Finals (DAL Empire vs. ATL FaZe) – YouTube
  • IEM Katowice 2020 (Grand Final: NaVi vs. G2) – Twitch/ESL Gaming
  • iRacing (Pro Invitational: Homestead-Miami) – FOX/FS1
  • League of Legends World Final (DAMWON vs. Suning) – YouTube/Riot Games
  • Overwatch League 2020 Grand Finals (San Francisco Shock vs. Seoul Dynasty) – YouTube

OUTSTANDING SHORT SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

  • Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible – ESPN+/ESPN/ESPN Films
  • E:60, Twice the Fight: A Family’s Battle and Love of Football – ESPN
  • NFL Films Presents, The Camden Comeback – FS1/NFL Films
  • UFC Chronicles, Love, Death and Prizefighting – UFC/UFC Fight Pass
  • The Undefeated Presents, Why I Play – ESPN

OUTSTANDING LONG SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

  • Ringside – Showtime/Motto Pictures/Sutor Kolonko
  • Rising Phoenix – Netflix/HTYT Films/Passion Pictures/Misfits Entertainment/Ventureland
  • The Scheme  – HBO/Bat Bridge Entertainment/Mastry
  • The Weight of Gold – HBO/Podium Pictures/Octagon
  • Yellow Brick Road – Golf Channel/May Fifth Productions

OUTSTANDING SERIALIZED SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

  • All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur – Amazon/72 Films Limited/Amazon Studios
  • The Cost of Winning – HBO/The Story Lab US/SMAC Entertainment/ Gillette Productions/Valleyview Media
  • Formula 1: Drive to Survive – Netflix/Box to Box Films
  • Outcry – Showtime/Bat Bridge Entertainment
  • Texas 6 – CBS All Access

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW — WEEKLY

  • College GameDay – ESPN
  • Football Night in America – NBC
  • FOX NFL Sunday – FOX
  • Inside the NBA – TNT
  • The NFL Today – CBS

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW — DAILY

  • The Dan Patrick Show – Peacock/DIRECTV/Dan Patrick Productions
  • Good Morning Football – NFL Network/Embassy Row
  • MLB Tonight – MLB Network
  • NFL Total Access – NFL Network
  • Pardon the Interruption – ESPN/Rydholm Projects
  • SportsCenter – ESPN

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW — LIMITED RUN

  • College GameDay: NFL Draft – ESPN
  • FOX MLB: The Postseason – FOX/FS1 FOX
  • NFL Sunday: The Playoffs – FOX
  • Inside the NBA: 2020 NBA Playoffs – TNT
  • Postseason NFL Countdown – ESPN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS/FEATURE ANTHOLOGY

  • Dispatches – Outside TV/Blueline/Dream Lens Media/ Backroads Pictures/Novus Select
  • E:60 – ESPN
  • NFL 360 – NFL Network
  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel – HBO
  • SC Featured – ESPN2/ESPNews

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM

  • E:60, Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story – ESPN
  • E:60, The Hero of Goodall Park  – ESPN
  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Dangerous Games: Playing on Amid the Pandemic – HBO
  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Fallout: Japan’s Olympic Secret – HBO
  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, The Fight Before the Fight: Weight Cutting in MMA – HBO

OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE

  • E:60, Teddy Bear Toss – ESPN
  • NFL 360, I Love Jags – NFL Network
  • NFL Total Access, Reality vs. Perception – NFL Network
  • SC Featured, Tears – ESPN
  • SC Featured, Together – ESPN
  • Sunday NFL Countdown, The Big Mo Show – ESPN

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

  • NFL 360, Darren Waller: The Other Side – NFL Network
  • NFL 360, The Gift of Gaba – NFL Network
  • NFL 360, Sincerely, Q – NFL Network
  • SC Featured, Fighting for Aniah – ESPN
  • Super Bowl LV, Before Jackie – CBS

OUTSTANDING OPEN/TEASE

  • 2020 NBA All-Star Game on TNT, Something Beautiful – TNT
  • E:60, Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story – ESPN
  • E:60, Project 11: Alex Smith – ESPN
  • The Masters, What Does the Masters Sound Like? – CBS
  • Super Bowl LV, Stand by Me – CBS

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE — EVENT COVERAGE

  • 2020 Youth Olympics AR – IOC Sports/Intel
  • FOX MLB: The Postseason – FOX/FS1/FOXSports.com/MLB Network
  • IRONMAN VR Pro Challenge, Virtual Racing Series – Facebook Watch
  • The Match: Champions for Change, BR Cart Cam Live – Bleacher Report
  • NBA App, Season Restart – NBA Digital

OUTSTANDING INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE – ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

  • 100K Cameras, The Return of NASCAR – FOX/FS1/NASCAR Productions
  • #NBATogether – TNT
  • #SandlotToTheShow – MLB Network
  • Inside the NBA – TNT
  • NBA on TNT Tuesday – TNT

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL INNOVATION

  • The Last Ascent – RBTV/Red Bull Media House
  • NBA on TNT, AT&T Holovision – TNT
  • NFL Media, Virtual Production – NFL Media Group/Tagboard/SoHi Media
  • SportsNation, Football Visualization Platform – ESPN/ESPN+/ESPN.com/Twitter
  • Super Bowl LV, As One: The Lombardi Comeback – CBS/72andSunny/Digital Domain

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK — SHORT FORM

  • The 146th Kentucky Derby, The Adjustment – NBC
  • FOX NFL Sunday, Social Justice: Oyate’ un Ito’wapi – Pictures of My People – FOX
  • Inside the NFL, Super Bowl LV – Showtime/CBS Sports/NFL Films
  • NFL GameDay Morning, Who Are We – NFL Network
  • One Shot – RBTV/Red Bull Media House

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK — LONG FORM

  • Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible – ESPN+/ESPN/ESPN Films
  • The Old World: A Mindtrip Through Europe – RBTV/Moment Pictures/Red Bull Media House
  • Return to Earth: The Series – Outside TV/Anthill Films
  • Rising Phoenix – Netflix/HTYT Films/Passion Pictures/Misfits Entertainment/Ventureland
  • Tua – Fox/Malka Media/GOAT Farm Media

OUTSTANDING EDITING — SHORT FORM

  • Greatness Code – AppleTV+/Religion of Sports/UNINTERRUPTED
  • NBA on TNT, Mamba – TNT
  • NFL GameDay Morning, Who Are We – NFL Network
  • NFL Total Access, Reality vs. Perception – NFL Network
  • Sunday NFL Countdown, The Big Mo Show – ESPN
  • Super Bowl LV, Stand by Me – CBS
  • The Undefeated Presents, The Stop: Living, Driving and Dying While Black Open – ESPN

OUTSTANDING EDITING — LONG FORM

  • NFL 360, The Gift of Gaba – NFL Network
  • The Old World – A Mindtrip Through Europe – RBTV/Moment Pictures/Red Bull Media House
  • Rising Phoenix – Netflix/HTYT Films/Passion Pictures/ Misfits Entertainment/Ventureland
  • The Scheme – HBO/Bat Bridge Entertainment/Mastry
  • We Are the Champions – Netflix/Dirty Robber

THE DICK SCHAAP OUTSTANDING WRITING AWARD — SHORT FORM

  • FOX NFL Sunday, And Justice for All – Fox
  • National League Division Series, Cutouts – MLB Network
  • NFL Total Access, Reality vs. Perception – NFL Network
  • PGA News Conference Show, Distance – ESPN
  • SC Presents: 2020 – Heroes, History and Hope, Enough – ESPN

OUTSTANDING WRITING AWARD — LONG FORM

  • The Arena on TNT, We Are Home – TNT
  • Hard Knocks, Los Angeles – HBO/NFL Films
  • NFL Films Presents, The Lumberman Quarterback – FS1/NFL Films
  • Super Bowl LV, Before Jackie – CBS
  • When New York Was One – FS1/Post Haste Creative/Patent Seven Production

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

  • FOX NFL Sunday – FOX.Dawn of Venus/Jose Gonzalez Teardrop
  • Rising Phoenix – Netflix
  • Super Bowl LV, Stand by Me – CBS
  • Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story – HBO/MLB
  • Yellow Brick Road – Golf Channel

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO/SOUND

  • FOX MLB– FOX/FS1
  • NASCAR on NBC, Playoffs – NBC
  • NFL on CBS – CBS
  • Sunday Night Football – NBC
  • US Open Tennis – ESPN

OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED AUDIO/SOUND

  • Hard Knocks, Los Angeles – HBO/NFL Films
  • NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure – MotorTrend/NASCAR Productions
  • NASCAR ALL IN: Battle for Daytona – MotorTrend/NASCAR Productions
  • The Old World – A Mindtrip Through Europe – RBTV
  • The Playbook – Netflix

OUTSTANDING LIVE GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • College Football – ESPN/ABC
  • FOX NFL – FOX/NFL Network
  • MLB Tonight, Welcome Home – MLB Network
  • NFC Wild Card Game (Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints) – Nickelodeon/CBS Sports
  • Super Bowl LV – CBS

OUTSTANDING POST-PRODUCED GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Greatness Code – AppleTV+/Religion of Sports/UNINTERRUPTED
  • NFL 360, Sincerely, Q – NFL Network
  • NFL on ESPN– ESPN/ABC
  • Super Bowl LV, Before Jackie – CBS
  • Women in Sports Vignette Series – CBS Sports Network

OUTSTANDING STUDIO OR PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION

  • 2020 NBA All-Star Game on TNT, Something Beautiful – TNT
  • NASCAR Race Hub – FS1
  • National League Division Series, Cutouts – MLB Network
  • The Shop: UNINTERRUPTED – HBO
  • Super Bowl LV, Before Jackie – CBS

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT

  • FOX MLB, Play Ball – FOX/FS1/FS2/FOX News
  • Hulu Doesn’t Just Have Live Sports, Tom Brady’s Big Announcement – Hulu
  • Hulu Has Live Sports, The Deepfake – Hulu
  • The Last Dance, Predictions – ESPN
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, #StrongerTogether – Olympic Channel/NBCSN
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games “Summer”, “Light of Mine”, “Even More” – NBC

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW IN SPANISH

  • ESPN Fútbol Center – ESPN Deportes
  • Fútbol Central – Univision/TUDN
  • La Liga Premier Extra – Telemundo
  • La Liga Premier Tercer Tiempo – Telemundo
  • República Deportiva – Univision/TUDN
  • SportsCenter Deportes – ESPN Deportes

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN SPANISH

  • Greenland, Colombia – ESPN Deportes
  • República Deportiva,  Gracias al Deporte – Univision/TUDN
  • SC Reportajes,  21 – Roberto Clemente – ESPN Deportes
  • SC Reportajes, El Paso Strong – ESPN Deportes

OUTSTANDING ON-AIR PERSONALITY IN SPANISH

  • Andrés Cantor– Telemundo
  • Ernesto Jerez –  ESPN Deportes
  • Ana Jurka – Telemundo
  • Adriana Monsalve – Univision/TUDN
  • Mauricio Pedroz –  ESPN Deportes
  • Pilar Pérez – ESPN Deportes
  • Luis Omar Tapia – Univision/TUDN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/STUDIO HOST

  • Rich Eisen – NFL Network/Peacock/NBCSN/DIRECTV
  • Ernie Johnson – TNT
  • Rachel Nichols – ESPN
  • Mike Tirico – NBC/NBCSN/Golf Channel
  • Scott Van Pelt – ESPN

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/PLAY-BY-PLAY

  • Mike Breen – ABC
  • Joe Buck – FOX/FS1/NFL Network
  • Mike Emrick – NBC/NBCSN
  • Al Michaels – NBC
  • Jim Nantz – CBS

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/STUDIO ANALYST

  • Jay Bilas – ESPN/ESPN2
  • Nate Burleson – CBS/CBS Sports Network/NFL Network
  • Kirk Herbstreit – ESPN
  • Harold Reynolds – MLB Network
  • Kenny Smith – TNT

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

  • Doris Burke – ESPN
  • Cris Collinsworth – NBC
  • Kirk Herbstreit– ESPN
  • John Smoltz – FOX/FS1/MLB Network
  • Jeff Van Gundy – ESPN/ABC

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/SPORTS REPORTER

  • Erin Andrews – FOX/NFL Network
  • Ken Rosenthal – FOX/FS1
  • Lisa Salters – ESPN/ABC
  • Michele Tafoya – NBC
  • Tracy Wolfson – CBS/CBS Sports Network

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY/EMERGING ON-AIR TALENT

  • Emmanuel Acho – FOX/FS1
  • Malika Andrews – ESPN
  • Joe Davis – FOX/FS1/NFL Network
  • Andrew Hawkins – NFL Network
  • Joshua Perry – Big Ten Network

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