ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 54 Sports Emmy Nominations


ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 54 Sports Emmy Nominations

  • College Football, SC Featured, E:60, NFL and ESPN Deportes Lead the Way


ESPN, Inc. once again led the industry in Sports Emmy Award nominations, earning 54 for 2017, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).  Notable nominations:

  • ESPN’s college football coverage totaled 10 nominations, including the College Football Playoff National Championship in Live Special and its Megacast in Trans-Media Sports Coverage, two-time Studio Analyst winner Kirk Herbsteit in the Event Analyst category, the 2018 Rose Bowl for Playoff coverage and six for College GameDay – Studio Show Weekly where it has won seven times including the last four years, two nominated features, Tech Team Studio, Tech Team Remote and host Rece Davis with his first-ever nomination.
  • SC Featured and E:60 each received eight nominations, the most of any single entry (along with the Army-Navy game on CBS).
  • ESPN’s NFL programming collected eight nominations, including Monday Night Countdown (Studio Show Weekly), Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden (Event Analyst) and Lisa Salters (Reporter) and MNF in Tech Team Remote.
  • ESPN Deportes garnered eight nominations, including three in the studio show category (Beisbol Esta Noche, Futbol Picante and SportsCenter Deportes) and three in the on-air category (Jose Ramon Fernandez, 2015 winner Ernesto Jerez and Jorge Ramos).
  • Other notable nominations: Pardon the Interruption will defend its win in Studio Show Daily, the new SportsCenter on Snapchat was nominated in Social TV Experience, Bob Ley (Studio Host) and Mike Breen (Play-by-Play for NBA) received nods and ESPN’s presentation of the Special Olympics World Games was cited in the Writing category.
  • ESPN’s storytelling groups within production contributed 20 of the nominations across nine categories for SC Featured, E:60, College GameDay and 30 for 30.

The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 8, in New York.  ESPN has won 186 Sports Emmy Awards in 30 years of eligibility.  ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.

ESPN’s 54 nominations come from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Goal Line, SEC Network and WatchESPN.  By category (all are ESPN, except as noted):


Live Special 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
Playoff Coverage 2018 Rose Bowl:  College Football Playoff Semifinal
Short Sports Documentary SC Featured:  A Mountain to Climb (ESPNEWS)
  SC Featured:  Arthur
  SC Featured:  Restart (ESPNEWS)
Long Sports Documentary 30 for 30:  Celtics/Lakers:  Best of Enemies
Studio Show Weekly College GameDay
  Monday Night Countdown
Studio Show Daily Pardon the Interruption
Studio Show Limited Run Gruden’s QB Camp (ESPN / ESPN2)
News Anthology E:60 (ESPN2)
  SC Featured
Journalism E:60 – Respectfully Submitted, Ricky Dixon (ESPN2)
  E:60 – Setenta e Sete (ESPN2)
  E:60 – The Dictator’s Team (ESPN2)
Short Feature College GameDay:  A Different Wave
  College GameDay:  Melvin Keihn (WatchESPN)
  SC Featured:  Thank You Pittsburgh
Long Feature E:60 – Fight On (ESPN2)
  E:60 – Lionheart (ESPN2)
  E:60 – Searching for Schuye (ESPN2)
  E:60 – Underdog (ESPN2)
  SC Featured:  For Those Who Can’t (ESPN2)
Open/Tease NFL Draft
Trans-Media Sports Coverage 2018 College Football National Championship Megacast


Social TV Experience SportsCenter on Snapchat (ESPN/Snapchat)
Studio Host Rece Davis
  Bob Ley
Play-by-Play Mike Breen (ABC)
Event Analyst Jon Gruden
  Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN/ABC)
Reporter Lisa Salters (ESPN/ABC)
Tech Team Remote 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship
  Monday Night Football
  US Open Tennis
Tech Team Studio College GameDay
Camerawork SC Featured:  A Mountain to Climb (ESPNEWS)
Long-Form Editing SC Featured:  The Rob Young Story (ESPNEWS)
Writing Special Olympics World Games (ESPN2)
Music Direction 30 for 30:  Nature Boy
Live Event Audio/Sound Indianapolis 500 (ABC)
Live Graphic Design 2017 NBA Finals (ABC)
  College Basketball (ESPN/ESPN2)
Post-Produced Graphic Design Fantasy Football Marathon (ESPN2)
  Monday Night Football
Studio Design/Art Direction El Clasico Coming to America
Technical Achievement Sunday Night Baseball:  Front Row Cam
Live Coverage in Spanish La Finales de la NBA (ESPN Deportes)
Studio Show in Spanish Beisbol Esta Noche (ESPN Deportes)
  Futbol Picante (ESPN Deportes)
  SportsCenter Deportes (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in Spanish Jose Ramon Fernandez (ESPN Deportes)
  Ernesto Jerez (ESPN Deportes)
  Jorge Ramos (ESPN Deportes)





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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