2008 Sports Emmy nominations are announced
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced its nominations for the 2008 Sports Emmy awards and ESPN was the big winner with 42 overall nominations, followed by NBC (28), HBO (18) and Fox (18). NBC's coverage of the Beijing Olympics picked up 12 nominations, the most for one sports event. The winners will be announced April 27 in New York. Here are some of the major categories and nominations, with my Two Cents.
Outstanding Live Sports Special
108th U.S. Open (golf) Championship (NBC)
Daytona 500 (Fox)
Super Bowl XLII (Fox)
Wimbledon men's final (NBC)
X Games 14 (ESPN)
Comment: The men's final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was a classic, but NBC's coverage of Tiger Woods' stunning victory at the U.S. Open was the broadcast highlight of the year.
Outstanding Live Sports Series
ESPN College Football (ABC)
ESPN Monday Night Football (ESPN)
NASCAR on TNT (TNT)
NASCAR on Fox (Fox)
NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)
Comment: Where's HBO Boxing? Anyway, I'm not even a NASCAR fan (far from it), yet Fox's NASCAR coverage is must-see TV.
Outstanding Sports Documentary
Big Ten Short Stories (Big Ten Network)
Breaking the Huddle: The Intergration of College Football (HBO)
Joe Louis: America's Hero Betrayed (HBO)
Jose Canseco: Last Shot (A&E)
The Streak (ESPN2)
Comment: The Streak is about the Brandon High wrestling team, but the Joe Louis special was the best of 2008.
Outstanding Studio Show/Weekly
College Gameday, football (ESPN)
Football Night in America (NBC)
Fox NFL Sunday (Fox)
Inside the NFL (Showtime/NFL Network/NFL Films)
Monday Night Countdown (ESPN)
Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN)
Comment: Surprising that either of the Countdown shows made the list, and methinks Football Night in America is a tad overrated. College GameDay is the best weekly sports show on television.
Outstanding Studio Show/Daily
Baseball Tonight (ESPN)
Inside the NBA -- playoffs (TNT)
MLB Postseason Studio (TBS)
Outside the Lines First Report (ESPN)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Comment: What is the TBS postseason show doing on this list? My pick: PTI, which never gets old as long as Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon are the hosts.
Outstanding Studio Host
Bob Costas (NBC/HBO)
Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Chris Berman (ESPN)
Ernie Johnson (TNT/TBS)
James Brown (CBS/Showtime)
Comment: Gumbel and Berman are on the list for what I can only imagine is reputation. Johnson's NBA work is mint, but Costas remains the gold standard.
Al Michaels (NBC)
Dan Hicks (NBC)
Jim Nantz (CBS)
Joe Buck (Fox)
Mike Emrick (NBC)
Comment: When you really think about it, is Nantz really that good? HBO Boxing's Jim Lampley should be on this list at the expense of Nantz. How cool to see Mike "Doc'' Emrick get recognized for his hockey work. Michaels is a master, but I love that Doc is on the list and would love to see him win. And he would be a good choice, too.
Outstanding Studio Analyst
Cris Collinsworth (NBC/CBS/HBO/Showtime)
John Kruk (ESPN)
Steve Mariucci (NFL Network)
Terry Bradshaw (Fox)
Tom Jackson (ESPN)
Comment: How can the nominations get it so right with Mariucci and so wrong with Kruk? And the other three are there because they're always there. Who's missing? I'd take Kirk Herbstreit, Bob Knight and Jay Bilas ahead of all these guys.
Sports Event Analyst
Cris Collinsworth (NBC/NFL Network)
Doug Collins (TNT)
John Madden (NBC)
Johnny Miller (NBC)
Ron Jaworski (ESPN)
Tim McCarver (Fox)
Comment: I would've loved if the Academy had found room on this list for NBC golf analyst Dottie Pepper and tennis' John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. Nice nod to McCarver, who had a comeback season with Fox after a couple of years of losing a few miles off his fastball. Miller would be my pick.