Jon Gruden nominated for Sports Emmy
Turns out, Jon Gruden is a pretty good football announcer. And on Tuesday, he was recognized as one of the best in all of sports broadcasting.
The former Bucs coach was among the nominees for a Sports Emmy when nominations were announced Tuesday. Gruden, who is in the booth for ESPN's Monday Night Football, was nominated in the category of "Best Event Analyst.'' Also nominated in that category: NBC NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth, ESPN baseball analyst Orel Hershiser, CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms and ABC NBA color man Jeff Van Gundy (ABC). This is Gruden's second Emmy nomination. He also was nominated after his first season in the booth in 2009.
Here are some of other major nominations:
Best play-by-play personality: Jim Nantz (CBS), Al Michaels (NBC), Joe Buck (Fox), Bob Costas (MLB Network), Mike Emrick (NBC), Verne Lundquist (CBS).
Best studio analyst: Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Charles Barkley (TNT), Tom Jackson (ESPN), Howie Long (Fox), Harold Reynolds (MLB Network).
Outstanding studio host: Chris Berman (ESPN), James Brown (CBS/Showtime), Bob Costas (NBC/MLB Network), Ernie Johnson (TNT), Dan Patrick (NBC/DirecTV), Scott Van Pelt (ESPN).
Outstanding live sports series: ESPN College Football, ESPN Monday Night Football, NASCAR on Fox and Speed, NBC Sunday Night Football, NFL on Fox.
Outstanding sports documentary: June 17th, 1994 (ESPN), Lombardi (HBO), Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (ESPN2), Robben Island: A Greater Goal (ESPN2), The Two Escobars (ESPN Deportes).
Outstanding weekly studio show: College GameDay (ESPN), Football Night in America (NBC), Inside the NBA (TNT), Studio 42 With Bob Costas (MLB Network), NFL GameDay Morning (NFL Network).
Outstanding daily studio show: Inside the NBA (TNT), MLB Postseason (TBS), MLB Tonight (MLB Network), Pardon the Interruption (ESPN/Rydholm Projects), SportsCenter (ESPN).
Outstanding live sports special: 2010 FIFA World Cup final (ABC), 2010 Tour de France (Versus), The Masters (CBS), NBA Finals (ABC), The Breeders' Cup (ESPN), The Ryder Cup (NBC/USA).
ESPN led all networks with 36 nominations, followed by HBO (22) and NBC (20). The winners will be announced in a ceremony on May 2 in New York.