2023 Sports Emmys
Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: ESPN's Phil Dean, Jimmy Platt on Enhancing MNF With Joe Buck, Troy AikmanAfter numerous years together at Fox Sports, the broadcast duo of play-by-play commentator Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman made the jump to ESPN to join the team with Monday Night Football. Their remarkable debut season led them to winning the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Live Series. At the ceremony, the front bench of ESPN's 2022-23 Monday Night Football slate — Director Jimmy Platt and Producer Phil Dean — took some time to explain the positive impact of their new team in the booth and the individuals behind the scenes that make each week's show a stunning success.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Pete Macheska on Bottling the Playoff Excitement of the 2022 NCLSThe 2023 National League Championship Series had everything that you'd possibly want in a playoff matchup: the young San Diego Padres, looking to appear in their first World Series in nearly two and a half decades, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies, who were trying to turn a final Wild Card spot into a shot at winning the Fall Classic. After a go-ahead, two-run homer by NLCS MVP Bryce Harper in the eighth inning of Game 5, this series became one for the history books and helped Fox Sports bring home the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Playoff Coverage. At the ceremony, Producer Pete Macheska highlights the meaning of this win and his colleagues at the front bench that made this a special production.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Olympics' Molly Solomon on Overcoming Hurdles to Win Outstanding Live SpecialFrom a production perspective, the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Live Special is the biggest honor of the night. Many noteworthy productions were nominated, but NBC Sports' presentation of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics came out on top. At the ceremony, NBC Olympics Executive Producer Molly Solomon explains the logistical and operational hurdles that needed to be navigated in order to produce a successful event and how the network continues to come up with fresh ideas every two to four years.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Amazon Prime's Marie Donoghue on Supplying TNF Fans With Multiple Viewing OptionsIn its inaugural season, Amazon Prime's Thursday Night Football bucked the trend of linear viewing and offered a new way of watching the sport. With numerous alternative broadcasts, including one focused on the brands of Dude Perfect and The Shop, another that highlighted NFL Next Gent stats, a dedicated feed in Spanish, and more, there was something to watch for everyone. For this digital-only production, the company was given the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Experience - Event Coverage. At the ceremony, Amazon Prime's Vice President, Global Sports Video, Marie Donoghue, stresses the importance of providing an experience that caters to each kind of football fan and highlights the talented professionals that work behind the scenes.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: ESPN's Maria Soares on How SportsCenter Continues to Evolve, Improve Over TimeSince 1979, ESPN has entertained and informed sports fans around the nation with more than 60,000 episodes of SportsCenter. Talent have come and gone, but this flagship show has withstood the test of time. Seen as the origin of all other sports shows, the four-letter network added another feather to its cap with the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Daily. At the ceremony, ESPN's Senior Vice President, Production and Content Strategy, Maria Soares, breaks down how the network is able to adapt and mold this legacy show to the current era of sports and the operations team that helps make every production go as smoothly as possible.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Sports' Karl Malone on Corraling the Sounds of the 2022 Beijing Winter GamesEvery Olympic sport requires its own arsenal of microphones and equipment to capture the necessary sound. Whether it was the slicing of skis coming down the slope or the cutting of a bobsled barreling its way along the track, NBC Sports' showing at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games was a symphonic array of sound. The audio production was given the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Audio/Sound - Live Event. At the ceremony, NBC Sports' Senior Director, Audio Engineering, Karl Malone, describes the difficulties of mixing a gargantuan show like the Olympics.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Joel Santos on Entertaining the Masses With Fox NFL SundayWhen sports fans plop on their respective couches to kickoff their binge watching of football, they're most likely turning on Fox NFL Sunday. The preeminent NFL pregame show in the business, Fox Sports' electric cast of host Curt Menefee and analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and Michael Strahan bring something new to the table every week. The network was awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly. At the ceremony, Fox Sports' Vice President, Production, Joel Santos, discusses the reasons why the show works extremely well and the crew that puts the product in position to succeed every week.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Gary Hartley on Piecing Together Elements for the World Cup StudioIt was impossible to miss Fox Sports' studio set on the Doha Corniche at the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup in Qatar. While the structure itself was impressive, the intricate details that went into each physical and digital element stood out to the viewers watching from miles away in the United States. The team's approach and execution earned them the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio or Production Design/Art Direction. At the ceremony, Fox Sports' Executive Vice President and Creative Director Gary Hartley recalls the brainstorming that went into developing these design concepts and the support of his colleagues that made this endeavor possible.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Telemundo Deportes' Eli Velazquez on Delivering Copa Mundial in Doha's Souq WaqifThe United States Men's National Team, as well as multiple Spanish-speaking countries, made a deep run for the trophy at the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup. From the first match to Argentina's claim for the ultimate prize, Telemundo Deportes kept their audiences engaged with daily programming, including Copa Mundial de la FIFA Qatar 2022, from their studio set at the popular Souq Waqif in Doha. On Monday night, the network took home the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish. At the ceremony, Telemundo Deportes Executive Vice President, Sports, Eli Velazquez, recounts the special meaning that the show had on not only his production and operations teams but the countless number of fans that tuned in throughout the tournament.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Sports' David Barton on Designing the Canvas for the Beijing Winter GamesWith various sports taking place at different venues across an expansive city, developing a cohesive graphics package for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics was critical. Coming off of the postponed 2020 Tokyo Summer Games six months prior, the turnaround time to come up with something that was aesthetically pleasing and functional was the biggest challenge. The herculean effort was recognized with the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design - Event/Show. At the ceremony, NBC Sports' Vice President, Creative, David Barton, dissects how winning this award validates the work of the entire graphics team and ran through the list of notable colleagues that contributed to the project.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Riot Games' Dave Stewart on Raising Esports' Popularity w/ LoL World ChampionshipOne of the biggest esports production of the year, the League of Legends World Championship, leveraged a full remote production for previous stages in Mexico City, New York City, and Atlanta. The finals, which featured T1 and DRX, culminated in Chase Center in November 2022. Despite the complex operation, Riot Games produced a stellar event, and it translated into winning the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Esports Championship Coverage. At the ceremony, Riot Games' Vice President, Esports Content Services, Dave Stewart, recounts the team's effort throughout North America and the recognition that the sport is receiving on a massive scale.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Zac Fields, Daryl Moore Put XR in the Spotlight With New L.A. StudioHeading into the 2022-23 NFL on Fox season, the production and operations crew came together to launch a brand-new studio at their headquarters in Los Angeles. The two-story studio not only boasts 5,130 sq. ft. of LED space, but is anchored by extended-realty (XR) multicam technology with the help of Unreal Engine, Vizrt, and Stype. The project caught the attention of the industry and was awarded with the prestigious George Wensel Technical Achievement Award at the 2023 Sports Emmys. At the ceremony, Fox Sports' SVP, Graphic Technology and Integration, Zac Fields, and VP, Systems Engineering, Daryl Moore, break down how this perfect blend of technologies has become the new home of the network's marquee studio shows and how this set is the latest addition of Fox Sports' long-standing history of innovation.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: WBD Sports' Craig Barry on Presenting Playoff Programming With Inside the NBAOver the years, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports has been able to capture lightning in a bottle every week during the NBA season with Inside the NBA. When the playoffs hit the calendar, the combination of host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith always find the delicate balance of covering the game while also having a ton of fun. The 2022 version was awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show - Limited Run. At the ceremony, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports' Executive Vice President/Chief Content Officer Craig Barry describes what it means to add another Emmy to the trophy case, ponders the legacy of the show, and how it's changed the way studio shows are produced.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: Fox Sports' Rod Conti, Kevin Callahan on the Effort of the FIFA World Cup StudioViewers watching the 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup in Qatar were treated to a spectacular studio set in between, at halftime, and after matches. Spread out across the expansive Doha Corniche, Fox Sports' activation along the 4.4-mile waterfront promenade featured multiple stages, an an all-LED floor that incorporated elements in augmented reality, subtle and obvious nods to the host nation, and a lot more. Their effort resulted in winning the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Technical Team - Studio. At the ceremony on Monday night, Fox Sports' VP, Remote Studio Operations, Rod Conti, and VP, Field Operations and Engineering, Kevin Callahan, detailed the work that went into turning this idea into a tangible reality and how this set transformed their coverage of the tournament.Tuesday, May 23, 20232023 Sports Emmys: NBC Sports' Chris Connolly on Pulling Off the Ops Feats of the 2022 Winter GamesAfter the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, NBC Sports were tasked with producing two separate Games in two countries in six months. Jumping from Japan to the Chinese capital of Beijing, the network's operations team dealt with numerous obstacles, but through thorough planning and steadfast determination, the 2022 Winter Games were completed within an organized and safe working environment. At the 2023 Sports Emmys, NBC Sports' VP, Olympic Venue Engineering, Chris Connolly, describes how his team's hard work translated into winning the title of Outstanding Technical Team - Event and what it means to be a part of a dedicated ops division at NBC Sports.