By Jason Schott - @JESchott19
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 35th Sports Emmy Awards in a ceremony recently held at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Manhattan.
The "Network Group" that took home the most Emmys was the NBC [Sports Group with 11 wins, followed by ESPN with 7, and the FOX Sports Media Group, HBO Sports, MLB Network, and Turner Sports with 5 each.
Erving was on hand as a presenter and I asked him, since he is a Nets ABA-era legend, if he has been to the Barclays Center yet. He said, "No, I'm still waiting for my invite." On Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd, Erving said, "Jason is already ahead of any other coach in his position, no other first year coach won a seven-game series."
The honorees for Outstanding Sports Personality were: Bob Costas of NBC and the MLB Network won for Studio Host. Mike Emrick, the NHL announcer for NBC, won the Emmy for Play-by-Play. The Studio Analysts honored were Harold Reynolds (MLB Network and FOX) and Tom Verducci (MLB Network and TBS). Cris Collinsworth of NBC's Sunday Night Football won for Sports Event Analyst. Michele Tafoya, also of "SNF," won the Sports Reporter Emmy.
Reynolds and Verducci are now in the booth with Joe Buck for FOX's weekly Saturday game, taking over for Tim McCarver. On replacing McCarver, Reynolds said, "You can't replace Tim...It took two of us."
MLB on FOX earned three honors. FOX's broadcast of the 109th World Series between the Red Sox and the Cardinals won the Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special. This was the last World Series that veteran announcer Tim McCarver called along with Joe Buck. The Executive Producers were John Entz, Randy Freer, and Eric Shanks, and the Directors were Jonathan Evans and Bill Webb.
FOX's coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Tigers won for Outstanding Playoff Coverage. The Executive Producers were John Entz, Randy Freer, Mark Loomis, Tony Petitti, and Eric Shanks, and the Directors were Mike Martin and Bill Webb. The distinctive feature of FOX's baseball coverage is their use of close-ups of the pitcher and batter. Their third award was for Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound, and one of the clips used in their presentation was of an umpire wearing a microphone talking to the Cardinals' Yadier Molina.
Sunday Night Football on NBC, the highest-rated primetime program, won for Outstanding Live Sports Series. The Coordinating Producer is Fred Gaudelli and the Executive Producers are Sam Flood and Mark Lazarus.
Sports documentaries have always been popular, and 2013 was a great year for that field. NBA TV won the Outstanding Sports Documentary award for The Doctor, their film on Dr. J, Julius Erving. The Executive Producers were Dion Cocoros, Danny Meiseles, and Christina Miller, and the Director was Zak Levitt.
ESPN's 30 for 30 has proven to be the leader in sports films, and it won for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series. The Executive Producers were John Dahl, Howard Katz, Pat Kelleher, Ross Ketover, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, amd Derek Whittenberg. The Directors were Kevin Connelly, Eric Drath, Daniel H. Forer, Sam George, Jason Hehir, Jonathan Hock, Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Ken Rodgers. Connelly starred on HBO's Entourage and did a documentary examining John Spano, who bought the New York Islanders in 1997 and went to jail for issues with financing the purchase of the team.