ESPN Leads Nominees of 33rd Annual EMMY Sports Awards

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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

More than 170 nominees were announced in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on April 30th, 2012 in New York City.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports will go to the Sports Commentator and Essayist, Jack Whitaker.

“This is an outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmys resulted in a record 175 nominees, illustrating the quality of these entries. We are also honoring Jack Whitaker with our Lifetime Achievement Award. I had the pleasure of working with Jack for eighteen years at CBS, and Jack is a sports icon and a class act.”

In addition to Jack Whitaker, many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals will be in attendance as presenters at the event.

The networks of ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D & espn.com) lead the nomination totals with 55, the NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel & nbcsports.com) garnered 32, CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com) entries received 26 nominations, while Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com & truTV) have 22.

American Airlines is the official sponsor of the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards and 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations by Network Group Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal is the exclusive magazine partner.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS also presents the Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology.

Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.

33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations By Network Group

Network Nominations

ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D, espn.com) 55

NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel, nbcsports.com) 32

CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com) 26

Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com, truTV) 22

HBO Sports 19

FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, SPEED) 16

NFL Network 12

MLB Network 8

DIRECTV 2

MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com, MLBAM) 2

NFL.com 2

NCAA.com 1

PGA.com 1

33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations By Network

Network Nominations

ESPN 36
NBC 22
HBO Sports 19
CBS 15
FOX 15
TNT 15
ESPN2 14
NFL NETWORK 12
SHOWTIME 10
MLB NETWORK 8
VERSUS 7
TBS 3
ABC 2
DIRECTV 2
ESPN 3D 2
GOLF CHANNEL 2
NBA TV 2
NFL.COM 2
CBSSPORTS.COM 1
ESPN.COM 1
MLB.COM 1
MLBAM 1
NBA.COM 1
NBCSPORTS.COM 1
NCAA.COM 1
PGA.COM 1
SPEED 1
truTV 1