ESPN, Inc. received 41 Sports Emmy Award nominations for 2012 across its platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN 3D, ABC, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and Grantland.com), it was announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The winners will be announced Monday, May 6, in New York.
The company’s initiatives in enterprise journalism and storytelling led the way – five nods for E:60, four for Outside the Lines, ESPN Films earned four nominations including two for 30 for 30 documentaries, and three for Grantland.com, the site’s first nominations. OTL has won 14 Sports Emmy Awards in history, including three last year. Grantland.com gained two nominations in New Approaches – Sports Programming with “The Arnold Palmer” and “Royce White Battles Anxiety on Draft Day” as well as one in New Approaches – Short Format for “Story Time with Jalen Rose.”
Monday Night Football, the most-watched series in cable television, was nominated in Live Series and its analyst Jon Gruden was nominated for the fourth consecutive year and reporter Lisa Salters received her first-ever nod. In technical categories, ESPN 3D garnered a pair of nominations, including in Technical Team Remote for the Winter X Games for which the network won in 2012. Also, last summer’s UEFA Euro 2012 month-long tournament received nominations in Technical Team Studio and in Graphic Design.
Overall, ESPN has won 148 Sports Emmy Awards in 25 years of eligibility. ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.
ESPN’s nominations by category (all are ESPN, except as noted):
Sports Documentary 26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story (ESPN2)
Studio Show/weekly College GameDay
Studio Show/daily NFL Live (ESPN2)
New Approaches – Unite (ESPNU)
New Approaches – Short Format ESPNU Unite Social Highlight (ESPNU)
Play by Play
Technical Team Remote The Masters (ESPN 3D with CBS)
Technical Team Studio UEFA Euro 2012
Graphic Design UEFA Euro 2012
Prod.Design/Art Direction Outside the Lines – Defiance: The Story of FC Start
Promo – Institutional “It’s not crazy, it’s sports.”