ESPN Wins Eight Sports Emmy Awards to Lead Industry


ESPN Wins Eight Sports Emmy Awards to Lead Industry

Two Wins Each for NFL, E60 and SC Featured

Kirk Herbstreit Becomes Most-Honored ESPN Commentator with his Fifth Award


On a night that recognized the best in sports media for 2019, ESPN won eight Sports Emmys – the most of any network group – presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the 41st year.  ESPN has now has won 212 Sports Emmy Awards in 33 years of eligibility.  The ceremony was held virtually this evening because of the pandemic.

“At a time when we have been reminded of the important place sports has in the lives of fans, we are thrilled to have our efforts honored with eight Sports Emmy Awards,” said Connor Schell, ESPN executive vice president, content.  “From storytelling and journalism to production excellence and individual achievement, the passion behind all we do was in full display.”

Storytelling Honored:  E60, SC Featured Each Win Two
E60 won for Short Sports Documentary and Journalism, for a total of 18 Sports Emmy Awards won by the show since 2010.  In addition, SC Featured also won a pair of trophies, in the categories Long Feature and News Feature/Anthology. 

Technical and Craft Efforts Recognized

The NFL on ESPN was cited for both Live Graphic Design and Post-Produced Graphic Design while the Jimmy V Classic won the Music Direction category for “Don’t Give Up on Me.”

Kirk Herbstreit Wins Fifth Sports Emmy, Most of any Commentator in ESPN History
Lead college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was honored with the Outstanding Event Analyst, his fifth award, having been awarded Outstanding Studio Analyst three times (2010, 11, 19) and event analyst (2018).  This award makes him the most honored ESPN commentator in history, breaking a tie with Dick Schaap.

Short Sports Documentary E60 – Hilinski’s Hope
Journalism E60 — The Squad: 44 Years, 41 Allegations
Long Feature SC Featured — Taquarius Wair: Unstoppable 17
News/Feature Anthology SC Featured (ESPNEWS)
Event Analyst Kirk Herbstreit
Live Graphic Design NFL on ESPN
Post-Produced Graphic Design NFL on ESPN
Music Direction Jimmy V Classic – “Don’t Give Up on Me”




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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