NBC, ESPN lead 34th annual Sports Emmy nominations

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Networks and entities as diverse as Telemundo, Bravo and Grantland received nominations.

Did you know that they have Emmys for sports broadcasting? They do! The nominations were announced Wednesday for the 34th-annual Sports Emmys, and many of the names you'd expect were up for the awards.

NBC Sports Group led all the major sports conglomerates, with 58 nominations between NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBCOlympics.com, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSports.com and Telemundo. ESPN came in second, with 43 between ESPN, ESPN2, Grantland (yes, really), ABC, ESPN 3D, ESPNU and ESPNews. Turner (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, TruTV and NCAA.com) came in third with 27, while Fox (FOX, Speed, Fox Soccer) and HBO tied with 17. NFL Network (16), CBS (15 between CBS, Showtime and CBS Sports Network) and MLB Network (9) followed.

The most nominated single sports program? The London Olympics, with 14 nominations. The NBA on TNT and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel followed with six apiece. E:60 followed with five, while 24/7, Hard Knocks, MLB on Fox, Outside the Lines and Sunday Night Football all tied with four.

The following is a look at the nominations for many of the major categories.

Outstanding Live Sports Series

Monday Night Football (ESPN)


The NBA on TNT

The NFL on Fox

Sunday Night Football (NBC)

Outstanding Playoff Coverage

NLCS: St. Louis vs. San Francisco (Fox)

NBA Playoffs (TNT)

NFC Divisional Playoffs: New Orleans vs. San Francisco (Fox)

NFL Wild Card Saturday: Cincinnati vs. Houston; Detroit vs. New Orleans (NBC)

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament (CBS/TBS/TNT/TruTV)

Outstanding Weekly Studio Show

College Gameday (ESPN)

Football Night in America (NBC)

Inside the NBA (TNT)

Inside the NFL (Showtime)

Outstanding Daily Studio Show

Inside the NBA (TNT)

MLB Tonight (MLB Network)


NFL Total Access (NFL Network)

Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)

Outstanding Studio Host

James Brown (CBS/Showtime)

Bob Costas (NBC/NBC Sports Network)

Rich Eisen (NFL Network)

Ernie Johnson (TNT/NBATV)

Dan Patrick (NBC/NBC Sports Network/DirecTV)

Outstanding Play-by-play

Mike Breen (ABC)

Mike Emrick (NBC/NBC Sports Network)

Al Michaels (NBC)

Jim Nantz (CBS)

Outstanding Studio Analyst

Charles Barkley (TNT/NBATV)

Tony Dungy (NBC)

Boomer Esiason (CBS)

Harold Reynolds (MLB Network)

Bill Ripken (MLB Network)

Kurt Warner (NFL Network)

Outstanding Event Analyst

Ato Bolden (NBC)

Cris Collinsworth (NBC)

Jon Gruden (ESPN)

Jim Kaat (MLB Network)

Mike Mayock (NFL Network/NBC)

Outstanding Sports Reporter

Andrea Joyce (NBC/NBC Sports Network)

Pierre McGuire (NBC/NBC Sports Network)

Lisa Salters (ESPN)

Michelle Tafoya (NBC)

Tom Verducci (MLB Network/TBS)

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