CBS’ ’94 Winter Olympic Games coverage was the gold-medal event as the Eye web led a crowded field at the 16th National Sports Emmy Awards, presented April 25 at a black-tie ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
CBS, which has no pro sports franchises, pulled in eight Emmys, all for its broadcasts of the Winter Games from Lillehammer, Norway. Five wins were in tech categories, and one nod (to Charles Kuralt for individual achievement) was uncontested.
Cabler ESPN landed five Emmys, and the fledgling Fox Sports division, which kicked off with National Football League coverage last season, earned four awards, matching the totals won by the long-established NBC and ABC sports departments.
ESPN’s coverage of hockey’s Stanley Cup finals took the nod for top live sports special. ABC’s “NFL Monday Night Football” copped the prize for best live sports series, and ABC’s Keith Jackson won the first Emmy of his 30-plus-year career, beating a tough field for best play-by-play announcer.
Fox’s John Madden won as best commentator, his 10th. HBO’s lone win came in the program achievement, for “Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World.”
Other winners were Disney/Cappy Prods, (three awards, for an Olympic special) and TNT/NFL Films (two) and MTV (one).
ABC sportscasting legend Howard Cosell, who died April 23 at age 77, was awarded the Emmy for lifetime achievement.