ESPN Wins Company-Record 13 Sports Emmy Awards
ESPN captured 13 Sports Emmy Awards, a company record, as the National Academy of Television and Sciences honored the best in sports media during the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony on Monday night.
ESPN has now won 246 Sports Emmy Awards in 36 years of eligibility, surpassing its own record for most wins this year. ESPN’s record of 11 was set in 2002, 2015 and 2022.
ESPN received nods in a wide range of categories, reflecting its commitment to diverse storytelling, quality programming and innovative excellence. Wins were received across a variety of properties, including the NFL, college football, NHL and the NBA. A full gallery of ESPN winners can be found here.
ESPN’s on-air commentators received four trophies Monday night, including Lisa Salters for Reporter, Peyton Manning for Event Analyst and Ryan Clark for Studio Analyst. In addition, Mike Breen was recognized as Outstanding Personality/Play-by-Play for the second consecutive year. ESPN’s four personality Sports Emmy Awards are the most in a single year in ESPN history. Clark’s first Sports Emmy Award was ESPN’s fifth in the studio analyst category.
For the second consecutive year, ESPN won in the Outstanding Live Series category for its Monday Night Football productions. Following ESPN’s win for MNF with Peyton & Eli in 2022, 2023 saw its signature NFL presentation earn the nod for live series, featuring Emmy winners Joe Buck and Lisa Salters alongside Troy Aikman and John Parry. This marks ESPN’s seventh win in the category.
For the second time in three years, SportsCenter won the Outstanding Daily Studio Show category, its 19th Sports Emmy all time, including two for Outstanding Studio Show before the category was split into daily and weekly. Overall, ESPN has won 25 times in the studio show category.
E60: Remember the Blue and Yellow was recognized for Outstanding Journalism. This is ESPN’s 15th Sports Emmy in this category and E60’s 20th Emmy since its 2010 launch. Reporter Wright Thompson and the E60 team crossed several countries while telling the inspiring story of the Ukraine Men’s National Soccer Team and its journey to try and play while its nation is at war.
ESPN took home a pair of Emmys in the Short and Long Feature categories. ESPN Films’ Betsy & Irv and “Jump Around” from College GameDay & ESPN’s Features Unit each reigned supreme in their respective categories, helping ESPN hit its 30th Emmy win overall in the feature categories. College GameDay earned its 13th Sports Emmy with Monday night’s victory.
ESPN also captured another pair of Emmy wins in the editing categories, including Edited Event Coverage for Welcome to the NHL: 2022 NHL Draft, the third Sports Emmy recognition for ESPN’s NHL production since its return to ESPN platforms in 2021, and Editing – Short Form for Outside The Lines – Without You. Outside The Lines “Without You” also won The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award – Short Form. The feature is OTL’s look at Jackie Robinson, who gave the possibility of equality a name and a face.
The world’s first-ever real vs. virtual tennis match emerged victorious in the Outstanding Digital Innovation category, as McEnroe vs. McEnroe captured ESPN’s first win in the category for its presentation of John McEnroe taking on his virtual self.
ESPN’s Winners at the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards
Personality/Event Analyst Peyton Manning (ESPN2, ESPN+) Digital Innovation McEnroe vs. McEnroe (ABC, ESPN, ESPN+) Long Feature Betsy & Irv (ESPN+) Short Feature College GameDay: Jump Around (ESPN) Personality/Reporter Lisa Salters (ESPN, ABC) Edited Event Coverage Welcome to the NHL: 2022 NHL Draft (ESPN+, NHL Network) Editing – Short Form Outside The Lines – Without You (ESPN) Journalism E60 Remember the Blue and Yellow (ESPN, ESPN+) Personality/Studio Analyst Ryan Clark (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) Personality/Play-by-Play Mike Breen (ABC) The Dick Schaap Writing Award – Short Form Outside The Lines – Without You (ESPN) Live Series Monday Night Football (ESPN) Studio Show – Daily SportsCenter (ESPN)