Ties Most Wins Ever for ESPN; ESPN Deportes, Monday Night Football and 2014 FIFA World Cup Capture Firsts
E:60, 30 for 30, SportsCenter and College GameDay Honored Once Again
Bodenheimer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
On a night that was both historic and poignant for ESPN, the network claimed 11 awards – tying its highest total ever – at the Sports Emmys in New York tonight, and saw some of its most familiar faces honored along the way. ESPN’s former president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Longtime SportsCenter anchor and studio host Stuart Scott was honored posthumously and cancer survivor Shelley Smith took the stage – to a standing ovation – fresh off her return to reporting duties.
The evening was capped off by an emotional moment when Outstanding Studio Host winner Ernie Johnson of TNT called Stuart Scott’s daughters Taelor and Sydni to the stage and gave them his Emmy.
ESPN’s triumphs at the Sports Emmys, presented for the 36th year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, were highlighted by a first-time win by ESPN Deportes in the on-air personality Spanish-language category, ESPN’s camerawork during its 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage and an Emmy for Monday Night Football’s post-produced graphics design. In addition, previous winners of multiple Sports Emmys took the stage again to accept awards – E:60, 30 for 30, SportsCenter and football’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot.
In accepting his honor, Bodenheimer said, “[Joining ESPN] was the opportunity of a lifetime, building something out of nothing,” adding, “For me and hundreds of others, it became more than a job; it was an extended family.”
Once again, ESPN’s commitment to outstanding storytelling was recognized with the network’s long-form news magazine E:60 capturing a trio of awards, and its celebrated documentaries lauded to claim five of the network’s 11 nods.
- E:60 won Sports Emmys for Open/Tease and Edited Special for Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest featuring a stirring open by Boston native and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler in a look at the survivors and aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The program also won its third Emmy for Long Feature with Owen and Haatchi about a little boy with a rare muscular disease and the three-legged dog who gives him comfort.
- The heralded film series 30 for 30 tied for the Documentary Series Sports Emmy, giving it two wins in two years of the category’s existence.
- ESPNEWS’ We Could Be King about two rival Philadelphia high schools that must combine after drastic budget cuts won the Emmy for Sports Documentary.
- ESPN Deportes claimed its first win in the Best On-Air Personality Spanish-language category with honors going to Ernesto Jerez.
- The football College GameDay was named the Best Weekly Studio Show for the fifth time (also in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014).
- SportsCenter received its 17th Sports Emmy, this time for Studio Design/Art Direction, thanks to the fall 2014 debut of its state-of-the-art set.
- The network garnered a fourth Emmy in the Promotional Announcement category for its FIFA World Cup ‘I Believe’ campaign.
ESPN has now won 171 Sports Emmy Awards in 28 years of eligibility.
ESPN’s Sports Emmy Awards:
|Edited Special||E:60 – Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest (ESPN2)|
|Sports Documentary||We Could be King (ESPNEWS)|
|Sports Documentary Series||30 for 30|
|Studio Show/weekly||College GameDay (football)|
|Long Feature||E:60 – Owen and Haatchi (ESPN2)|
|Open/Tease||E:60 – Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest (ESPN2)|
|Camerawork||FIFA World Cup (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)|
|Post-Produced Graphic Design||Monday Night Football|
|Studio Design/Art Direction||SportsCenter|
|Promotional announcement||FIFA World Cup – Big Event/Time Zone/I Believe (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2)|
|On-Air Personality in Spanish||Ernesto Jerez (ESPN Deportes)|