ESPN Networks, HBO’s 24/7 Top Sports Emmy Nominations

ESPN’s army of media outlets and HBO’s 24/7 reality series led the way when the 25th-annual Sports Emmy Awards nominations were revealed on Wednesday. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) bestowed ESPN’s networks with a total of 46 nods — including a network-best 30 for “The Mother Ship” — and HBO’s 24-7 with seven nominations, more than any other sports series.

In addition to determining the winners among 180 nominees in 39 categories, NATAS will honor Ted Turner with its Lifetime Achievement Award during the Sports Emmys ceremony on May 6 in New York City.

Breaking Down the Field
Close behind ESPN was NBC Sports Group, whose networks earned a combined 33 nods, followed by Fox Sports Media Group with 22, CBS with 18, HBO Sports with 15, NFL Media and Turner Sports with 14 each, and MLB Network with 13. DIRECTV and Univision also notched three nominations, while Pac-12 and earned two apiece.

HBO’s 24-7 once again turned in a solid showing, leading the individual-program field with seven, followed by ESPN’s E:60 newsmagazine with six. NASCAR on FOX, TNT’s NBA coverage, and the 34th America’s Cup (co-produced by the America’s Cup Event Authority and NBCSN) made for a three-way third-place tie with five apiece. ESPN’s SportsCenter took four nominations, and ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary series, CBS/Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports, ESPN Monday Night Football, HBO’s Hard Knocks, MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, NFL Films Presents, and ESPN’s Nine for IX documentary got in on the action with three nominations apiece.

Outstanding Live Event Coverage and Technical Awards
Fox Sports led with five nominations in the live-event–coverage categories (Outstanding Live Sports Special, Outstanding Live Sports Series, and Outstanding Playoff Coverage) with a nod apiece for its NASCAR Daytona 500, MLB World Series, MLB ALCS, NFL NFC Championship, and NFL NFC Wild Card Playoff coverage. ESPN/ABC garnered four nods (College Football, Monday Night Football, NBA Finals, and Wimbledon Championships), while NBC (Sunday Night Football and the America’s Cup) and Turner Sports (MLB Postseason on TBS and NBA Playoffs on TNT) were each awarded two nods. HBO and CBS Sports also secured nominations for their Boxing and SEC football coverage, respectively.

As for the technical awards — Outstanding Technical Remote, Outstanding Technical Studio Team, and the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award — NBC Sports Group came out on top with five nominations (two each for its America’s Cup and Premier League coverage and another for its Golf Channel coverage). Fox earned three tech-category nominations (two for its NASCAR coverage and another for its MLB coverage), while ESPN (Monday Night Football and College Gameday) and MLB Network (MLB Tonight and Division Series coverage) notched two apiece.

Network by Network
ESPN garnered nominations in 29 of the 39 categories — 46 in total — with the company’s journalism and storytelling sector leading the way (six nods for E:60, four for SportsCenter, and three for ESPN Films). ESPN Deportes gained four nominations. earned its first three nominations for the Nine for IX series.

NBC Sports Group garnered 33 nods, including nine talent nominations (tops among any sports group for 2013), and set records for both of its cable networks with 14 nominations for NBCSN and four for Golf Channel (record-high for both cable networks). Deportes Telemundo dominated the new Spanish-language categories, earning six nominations.

CBS Sports’ 18 entries were headlined by its coverage of College Football, the NCAA Tournament, and, especially, Super Bowl XLVII, which was nominated for Outstanding Short Feature (Chuck Pagano: A Season of Family), Outstanding Open/Tease (We Will Rock You Remix), and Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction (CBS/CBS Sports Network). The NFL Today earned a nomination for Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design, and ths studio show’s host James Brown also garnered a nod.

MLB Network’s 13 nominations mark the most ever for the network, giving it a total of 50 Sports Emmy Award nominations since its launch in 2009.

Hulu has been nominated for its first Emmy in the Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming category for its mascot docuseries Behind the Mask.

See below for the full list of awards broken out into categories. For the full list of NATAS nominations, CLICK HERE.


Outstanding Live Sports Special
2013 NBA Finals ABC/ESPN
The Championships, Wimbledon ABC/ESPN
The 55th Annual Daytona 500 FOX
The 109th World Series Red Sox vs. Tigers FOX
The 34th America’s Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Live Sports Series
ESPN College Football ABC/ESPN
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
HBO Boxing HBO
Sunday Night Football NBC
Outstanding Playoff Coverage
ALCS Red Sox vs. Tigers FOX
MLB Postseason on tbs TBS
NBA Playoffs on TNT TNT
NFC Championship Falcons vs. 49ers FOX
NFC Wild Card Seahawks vs. Redskins FOX


Outstanding Technical Team Remote
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
Golf Channel on NBC NBC/Golf Channel
The 34th America’s Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Technical Team Studio
College Gameday ESPN
MLB Tonight MLB Network
Road to the Final Four CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV
The Premier League NBCSN
George Wensel Technical Achievement Award
Pac‐12 Networks – Multicam MI/O Pac-12 Network
The 34th America’s Cup – AC LIVELINE ‐ “WINGWASH” NBCSN
The Division Series On MLB Network – A Field of Dreamers MLB Network
The Premier League – Goal Line Technology NBCSN


Outstanding Sports Documentary
First: The Official Film of the London Olympic Games NBC
LT: The Life and Times Showtime/CBS Sports/NFL Films
The Doctor NBATV
UFC Presents Ronda Rousey: Breaking Ground FS1/A. Smith & Co.
Outstanding Sports Documentary Series
24/7: Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
30 for 30 ESPN
A Football Life NFL Network/NFL Films
Casualties of the Gridiron Nast Entertainment
The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013 Big Ten Network
Nine for IX ESPN
Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage
2013 Ironman World Championship NBC/Texas Crew Productions
All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue Showtime
Keep Climbing: The 2013 Elite 11 ESPNU/First Row Films
NFL Turning Point NBCSN/NFL Films
Sound FX: Super Bowl XLVII NFL Network/NFL Films


Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly
College Gameday – Football ESPN
Inside the NBA on TNT TNT
Monday Night Countdown ESPN
NFL GameDay Morning NFL Network
Outstanding Studio Show – Daily
Inside The NBA on TNT: Playoffs TNT
MLB Tonight MLB Network
Olbermann ESPN
Pardon the Interruption ESPN/Rydholm Projects
SportsCenter ESPN


Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound
The 34th America’s Cup NBCSN
Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound
24/7 Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
ESPN Sport Science ESPN/BASE Productions
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals HBO/NFL Films
Sound FX: Super Bowl XLVII NFL Network/NFL Films
Outstanding Camera Work
24/7: Red Wings ‐ Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
E:60: Children of the Ring ESPN
FOX Sports Live: West, TX FS1
NFL Films Presents NFL Network/NFL Films
Tour de France NBCSN
Outstanding Editing
2013 PGA Tour Teases Golf Channel
24/7: Pacquiao‐Rios HBO
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals HBO
Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti‐Ward HBO
NBA on TNT Teases TNT
Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics
Against The Tide Showtime/Ross Greenburg Productions
College Football on CBS – Army-Navy Game CBS
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals HBO/NFL Films
Nine for IX: The Diplomat ESPN
Road To The Super Bowl NFL Network/NFL Films


Outstanding Live Event Graphic Design
ESPN Monday Night Football ESPN
Intentional Talk MLB Network
NBA on TNT – NBA All‐Star Weekend TNT
X Games ESPN
Outstanding Post-Produced Graphic Design
2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation ESPN
E: 60 ESPN2
ESPN Sport Science ESPN/BASE Productions
MLB Tonight MLB Network
The NFL Today CBS
Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction
MLB Postseason on tbs TBS
NBA Playoffs on TNT TNT
Super Bowl XLVII CBS/CBS Sports Network
Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction
NASCAR on FOX – Hangar Shoot FOX
Sunday Night Football NBC
The Division Series On MLB Network – A Field of Dreamers MLB Network


Outstanding Sports News Anthology
60 Minutes Sports Showtime/CBS News
E: 60 ESPN2
NFL Films Presents NFL Network/NFL Films
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO
Outstanding Sports Journalism
60 Minutes Sports: The Fall of Lance Armstrong Showtime/CBS News
E:60: Children of the Ring ESPN2
In Play With Jimmy Roberts: Valentino Dixon Golf Channel
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Putin’s Olympics: Cronyism and Corruption in Russia HBO
Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award
24/7: Red Wings – Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
E:60: The Ballad of Bushwacker ESPN2
ESPN Grand Slam Tennis: Wimbledon & US Open ABC/ESPN
Football Night in America: Redskins Name Commentary NBC
NFL Films Presents: Yours Truly, Dr. Z NFL Network/NFL Films


Outstanding Short Feature
E:60: Shear Will ESPN2
Ironman World Championship: Peace, Love, Grace NBC/Texas Crew Productions
SportsCenter: Richie Parker: Drive ESPN2
Sunday NFL Countdown: O.J. Brigance: Heart of the Ravens ESPN2
The Super Bowl Today: Chuck Pagano: A Season of Family CBS
Outstanding Long Feature
30 for 30 Shorts: The Irrelevant Giant Films
30 for 30 Shorts: Cutthroat Films
60 Minutes Sports: Great Falls Showtime/CBS News
SportsCenter: The Lady Jags: Losing to Win ESPN
SportsCenter: Carry On ESPN
Outstanding Open/Tease
2013 Open Championship: Fish on Tartan ESPN
24/7: Red Wings – Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
MLB Network Divisional Playoffs: A Field of Dreamers MLB Network
Super Bowl XLVII: We Will Rock You Remix CBS


Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Event Coverage
2013 NCAA March Madness Live Sports
The 34th America’s Cup Official App America’s Cup Event Authority
NFL Sunday Ticket Experience on DIRECTV Mobile/Web Applications DirecTV
The PGA TOUR Experience on DIRECTV DirecTV/PGA Tour Entertainment
Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming
Behind the Mask Hulu/Occupant Entertainment
FOX Sports Live – Social Highlight FS1
Nine for IX – Coach Films
Sports Illustrated – A Boy Helps a Town Heal
Together We Make Football: The Contest Films
Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming Short Format All‐Access – Anatomy of a Game Winner ‐ The 2013 CIT Final Media
JFK: The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas Digital Media
NFL Films Drawn – Between Takes with Wynton Marsalis Films
NFL UP! Digital Media
Numbers Never Lie Whiteboard: LeBron James Can Surpass Michael Jordan ESPN 2


Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host
James Brown CBS/Showtime
Bob Costas NBC
David Feherty Golf Channel
Greg Gumbel CBS/Showtime
Dan Patrick NBC/NBCSN/DirecTV
Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play
Marv Albert TNT/TBS/TruTV/CBS
Mike Breen ABC/ESPN
Joe Buck FOX
Bob Costas MLB Network
Mike Emrick NBC/NBCSN
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst
Cris Collinsworth Showtime
Al Leiter MLB Network
Rick Neuheisel Pac-12 Network
Harold Reynolds MLB Network/Fox
Michael Strahan Fox
Tom Verducci TBS/MLB Network
Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst
Cris Collinsworth NBC
Gary Danielson CBS
Kirk Herbstreit ESPN
Tim McCarver FOX
Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter
Pierre McGuire NBC/NBCSN
Ken Rosenthal FOX
Lisa Salters ESPN
Michele Tafoya NBC/NBCSN
Tom Verducci MLB Network


Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional
Formula 1 – Rockstar/Shaken and Stirred vs. Drivers/Austin NBC/NBCSN
HBO Boxing – Fall Boxing Image HBO
MLB Network Prime Time Line Up – Here’s To Us MLB Network
NBA Playoffs – Playoff Promo ESPN
NFL Draft – Leon Sandcastle NFL Network/Grey, NY
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic
24/7: Red Wings – Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic HBO
A Football Life: Life Story NFL Network/NFL Films
NHL on NBCSN: Wednesday Night Rivalry NBCSN


Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish
Futbol Estelar – La Gran Final: Leon vs. America Telemundo
Futbol Estelar – Super Clasico: Guadalajara vs. America Telemundo
Liga MX Clausura 2013 season – Final – 2nd Leg America vs Cruz Azul Univision
Rumbo Al Mundial – Costa Rica vs. Mexico Telemundo
Outstanding Studio Show in Spanish
Futbol Picante ESPN Deportes
Lakers en Vivo Time Warner Cable Deportes
Nacion ESPN Deportes
SportsCenter ESPN Deportes
Titulares Telemundo Telemundo
Outstanding On-Air Sports Personality in Spanish
Lindsay Casinelli Univision
Andres Cantor Telemundo
Jose Ramon Fernandez ESPN Deportes
Ivan Kasanzew Univision
Sammy Sadovnik Telemundo

The Awards will be given out at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, located in the Time Warner Center, on Tuesday May 6.

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