ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 50 Sports Emmy Nominations


ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 50 Sports Emmy Nominations

  • SC Featured Leads with 10 Nominations, College Football with Seven, E:60 with Five
  • Three Noms Each: Monday Night Football, Outside the Lines, ESPN Deportes & First-Ever Coverage of The Invictus Games

ESPN, Inc. once again led the industry in Sports Emmy Award nominations, earning 50 for 2016, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).  Leading the way:

  • SC Featured received 10 nominations (second only to 14 for the Summer Olympics on NBC), including many for various individual features and in the News Anthology category (along with E:60 and Outside the Lines)
  • College football totaled seven nominations – three for the College Football Playoff National Championship (Live Special, Technical Team Remote and Trans-Media Coverage for the “Megacast” which won last year), Live Series, two for Kirk Herbstreit (Studio and Event Analyst) and College GameDay for Weekly Studio Show. CGG has won the category six times, including the last three years.
  • E:60 garnered five nominations, two for Short Feature and two for Long Feature, in addition to Sports News Anthology.
  • Monday Night Football earned three nominations – Live Series, Live Graphics and Live Coverage in Spanish.
  • Outside the Lines was nominated twice in the Journalism category, in addition to News Anthology.
  • ESPN Deportes received three nominations – Futbol Picante in Spanish Studio Show and Andres Agulla for Spanish Talent, in addition to the MNF nomination above.
  • ESPN’s first-ever coverage of the Invictus Games received three nominations: Long Feature, Short Form Editing for the Opening Tease and in the Writing category.

Of note, ESPN’s “Storytelling Unit” – a group within production – contributed 19 of the nominations in 10 categories for SC Featured, E:60, Outside the Lines, College Gameday and Sport Science.

The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 9, in New York.  ESPN has won 180 Sports Emmy Awards in 29 years of eligibility.  ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.

As previously announced, sportscasting legend Brent Musburger, who in January stepped aside from his longtime role with ABC and ESPN, will be honored with the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

ESPN’s 50 nominations by category (all are ESPN, except as noted):

Live Special NBA Finals (ABC)
  College Football Playoff National Championship
Live Series College Football (ESPN/ABC)
  Monday Night Football
Short Sports Documentary SC Featured:  Gift from the Groves
  SC Featured:  Run Hopi
Long Sports Documentary 30 for 30:  The ’85 Bears
  Keepers of the Game (ABC)
  SC Featured:  Pin Kings (ESPN2)
Serialized Sports Documentary espnW Film Fellowship:  Run Mama Run (
Studio Show Weekly College GameDay (football)
Studio Show Daily Pardon the Interruption
News Anthology E:60 (ESPN2)
  Outside the Lines
  SC Featured
Sports Journalism Outside the Lines:  Hazing, The Hidden Horror
  Outside the Lines:  After the Fall
Short Feature                           E:60 – Minneflowta
  E:60 – The Last Round:  Muhammad Ali
  SC Featured:  Inky Johnson
Long Feature                            Invictus Games (WatchESPN)
  E:60 – Life as Matt (ESPN2)
  E:60 – The Number (ESPN2)
  SC Featured:  The Chicken Runs at Midnight
  SC Featured:  The Meaning of Miyah
Open/Tease Jimmy V Classic
Trans-Media Sports Coverage College Football Playoff National Championship (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPNEWS/ESPN Deportes/ESPN3/SEC Network)
Digital Innovation College GameDay / SC Featured:  Jacob Jarvis, Why It Matters
Studio Analyst Kirk Herbstreit
Event Analyst Jay Bilas
Kirk Herbstreit
Technical Team Remote           College Football Playoff National Championship
Camerawork                             SC Featured:  Arthur
Editing – Short Form Grand Slam Tennis:  Australian Open, US Open Features (ESPN/ESPN2)
  Invictus Games:  Opening Tease
  SC Featured:  Inky Johnson
Editing – Long Form 30 for 30:  The ’85 Bears
Writing Invictus Games
Music Direction Los Capitanes:  Olympic Suite (ESPN Deportes)
Live Event Audio/Sound 100th Indianapolis 500
Live Graphic Design UEFA Euro 2016
World Cup of Hockey (ESPN/ESPN2)
Post-Produced Graphic Design Monday Night Football
  Sport Science
Studio Design/Art Direction Mike & Mike:  Studio F (ESPN2)
  UEFA Euro 2016
Technical Achievement MLS on ESPN:  Goal Post Cam (ESPN/ESPN2)
Live Sports Coverage in Spanish Monday Night Football Desde Mexico:  Houston vs. Oakland (ESPN Deportes)
Studio Show in Spanish Futbol Picante (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in Spanish Andres Agulla





Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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