ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, presented for the 32nd year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences tonight in New York. The honorees represent a wide range of disciplines, including event coverage, studio programming, enterprise reporting and technical excellence.
ESPN’s unprecedented commitment of resources to an event, for the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, was rewarded with three Sports Emmy Awards, highlighted by honors in the Live Special category for the championship match, Spain vs. the Netherlands on ABC. The month-long presentation was also cited for outstanding Music and Writing.
College GameDay was named the best among Weekly Studio Shows for the second straight year and the third time in four years for the Saturday morning college football pregame program. The show’s Kirk Herbstreit was honored as top Studio Analyst, also for a second consecutive year.
The prime-time news magazine show, E:60, was cited in the Long Feature category for a “Survival 1,” a profile of the Liberian Amputee Soccer Team. Everyone on the roster was injured in their nation’s civil war. It was the 10th consecutive year ESPN received a Sports Emmy in one of the two categories for Features.
Sports Science received the Sports Emmy for Graphic Design. ESPN took the category a year ago for SportsNation.
ESPN has now won 142 Sports Emmy Awards in 24 years of eligibility.
ESPN’s Sports Emmy Awards (all are ESPN, except as noted):
Live Special 2010 FIFA World Cup (ABC)
Studio Show/weekly College GameDay
Long Feature E:60 – “Survival 1” (ESPN2)
Studio Analyst Kirk Herbstreit
Writing 2010 FIFA World Cup (ESPN/ABC)
Music 2010 FIFA World Cup: U2 & Soweto Gospel Choir (ESPN/ESPN2/ABC)
Graphic Design Sports Science