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Posted by Dave Nagle on March 20, 2013

ESPN, Inc. – 41 Sports Emmy Nominations

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Outside the Lines, E:60 Lead the Way; First Three Nominations for Grantland.com

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 Tuesday, May 7, 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):

Live Special                                   Indianapolis 500 (ABC)

Live Series                                     Monday Night Football

Edited Special                                Outside the Lines – Believe

Sports Documentary                      26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story (ESPN2)

                                                      The Announcement

Edited Series                                 30 for 30

Studio Show/weekly                       College GameDay

Studio Show/daily                          NFL Live (ESPN2)

Pardon the Interruption

Journalism                                     E:60 – Beitar Jerusalem (ESPN2)

                                                      E:60 – Busted Coverage (ESPN2)

Short Feature                                 College GameDay – Fist Bump: A Brotherly Bond

                                                      E:60 – Perfect (ESPN2)

                                                      SportsCenter – Kick of Hope

                                                      SportsCenter – Run with Me

Long Feature                                  E:60 – Mike Powell: In Relentless Pursuit (ESPN2)

New Approaches –                         UNITE (ESPNU)

 Sports Programming                    Royce White Battles Anxiety on Draft Day (Grantland.com)

The Arnold Palmer (Grantland.com)

New Approaches – Short Format    ESPNU Unite Social Highlight (ESPNU)

Story Time with Jalen Rose (Grantland.com)

Numbers Never Lie Whiteboard (ESPN2)

Play by Play                                   Mike Breen (ABC)

Event Analyst                                 Jon Gruden

Reporter                                         Lisa Salters

Technical Team Remote                 The Masters (ESPN 3D with CBS)

                                                      Winter X Games (ESPN 3D)      

Technical Team Studio                  UEFA Euro 2012

Camerawork                                   E:60 – Remember Bluffton (ESPN2)

Outside the Lines – Breaking the Silence

Editing                                           Grand Slam Tennis (ESPN2)

Outside the Lines – Breaking the Silence

Writing                                           The Open Championship – Old

The Open Championship – Essays

30 for 30 – Ghosts of Ole Miss

Graphic Design                              UEFA Euro 2012

                                                      Sport Science (ESPN-ESPN2-ESPNEWS)

Prod.Design/Art Direction              Outside the Lines – Defiance: The Story of FC Start

Promo – Institutional                     “It’s not crazy, it’s sports.”

“Nothing Beats First Place”

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Contact:  Dave Nagle (dave.nagle@espn.com) at 860-766-2241