ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 56 Sports Emmy Nominations


ESPN, Inc. – Industry-Leading 56 Sports Emmy Nominations

  • College Football, E: 60, SC Featured, NFL, Grand Slam Tennis and MLB Lead the Way
  • Two Nominations for ESPN+ in Debut Year: Quest for the Stanley Cup, Always Late with Katie Nolan

ESPN, Inc. once again led the industry in Sports Emmy Award nominations, earning 56 for 2018, as announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).  Multiple nominations:

  • ESPN’s college football coverage totaled 10 nominations, including the College Football Playoff National Championship in Live Special and Tech Team Remote, Kirk Herbsteit in both the Event and Studio Analyst categories (both of which he has won previously), Holly Rowe in the Reporter category and five for College GameDay – Host Rece Davis, Studio Show Weekly where it has won eight times including the last five years, two nominated features and Tech Team Studio.
  • ESPN’s enterprise journalism is always highly recognized, and E:60 received eight nominations while SC Featured garnered five.
  • NFL programming brought six nominations: Studio Show-Limited Run (Postseason NFL Countdown), Reporter (Monday Night Football’s Lisa Salters), Live Graphics (NFL Draft), Post-Produced Graphics (MNF) and two in Short Feature (Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown).
  • ESPN’s coverage of Tennis’ Majors collected four nominations: Technical Achievement (ESPN ACES System), Tech Team Remote (US Open), Editing-Shortform and Studio Show-Limited Run (US Open Preview).
  • Coverage of Major League Baseball earned four nominations: Live Series, Live Audio, Technical Achievement (K Zone 3D) and Digital Innovation (Home Run Derby Virtual Reality).
  • In its debut year, ESPN+ was nominated twice: Serialized Sports Documentary (Quest for the Stanley Cup) and Social TV Experience (Always Late with Katie Nolan).
  • Outside the Lines (Studio Show Daily) and host Bob Ley – a winner a year ago – were nominated.
  • The NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four was nominated in Playoff Coverage and Studio Design/Art Direction.

In addition to those mentioned above, other individuals receiving nods include SportsCenter’s Scott Van Pelt (Host), NBA lead voice Mike Breen (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Studio Host) plus ESPN Deportes’ Martin Ainstein and Jose Ramon Fernandez.

The winners will be announced Monday, May 20, in New York.  In addition, as previously announced, ESPN’s Dick Vitale will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

ESPN has won 196 Sports Emmy Awards in 31 years of eligibility.  ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.

ESPN’s 56 nominations come from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN3, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and WatchESPN.  By category (all are ESPN, except as noted):

Live Special College Football Playoff National Championship
Live Series Major League Baseball on ESPN
Playoff Coverage NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four (ESPN2)
Edited Coverage Tiger Woods – Return of the Roar
Short Sports Documentary E: 60 – Identity: Deland McCullough’s Journey (ESPN2)
  E: 60 – P9008:  The Story of Charleston Hartfield (ESPN2)
  SC Featured – Respect (ESPNEWS)
  SC Featured – Who Says I Can’t (ESPNEWS)
Long Sports Documentary Crossroads
Serialized Documentary Quest for the Stanley Cup (ESPN+)
Studio Show Weekly College GameDay
Studio Show Daily The Jump
  Outside the Lines
  Pardon the Interruption
Studio Show Limited Run Postseason NFL Countdown
  US Open Preview
News Anthology E: 60 (ESPN2)
  SC Featured (ESPNEWS)
Journalism E: 60 – Crisis at Michigan State (ESPN2)
  E: 60 – The Florida Shuffle (ESPN2)
Short Feature College GameDay – Up Syndrome
  Monday Night Countdown – Paradise Football
  Sunday NFL Countdown – The Art of Inspiration
Long Feature College GameDay – Tyler Strong
  E: 60 – Bonds of Earth (ESPN2)
  SC Featured – Shaquem Griffin
Digital Innovation Home Run Derby Virtual Reality
Social TV Experience Always Late with Katie Nolan (ESPN+)
  SportsCenter on Snapchat
Studio Host Rece Davis
  Bob Ley
  Scott Van Pelt
Play-by-Play Mike Breen (ESPN / ABC)
Studio Analyst Kirk Herbstreit
Event Analyst Jay Bilas
  Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN / ABC)
Reporter Holly Rowe (ESPN / ABC)
  Lisa Salters (ESPN / ABC)
Tech Team Remote College Football Playoff National Championship
  US Open Tennis Championship
Tech Team Studio College GameDay
Editing – Shortform Grand Slam Tennis
Writing SC Featured – Cleveland 22
Live Event Audio/Sound Indianapolis 500 (ABC)
  Sunday Night Baseball
Live Graphic Design Major League Baseball
  NFL Draft (ESPN / ABC)
Post-Produced Graphic Design Monday Night Football
Studio Design/Art Direction NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four Tease (ESPN2)
Technical Achievement College Football Line-to-Gain Pylon Cam (ESPN / ABC / SEC Network)
  MLB K Zone 3D (ESPN / WatchESPN)
  US Open Tennis ACES System (ESPN / ESPN2 / ESPN3)
Promotional Announcement This is SportsCenter
Live Coverage in Spanish NBA Finals (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in Spanish Martin Ainstein
  Jose Ramon Fernandez




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 upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be 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, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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