Network nabs eight kudos

NBC won a network-best eight awards at Monday’s Sports Emmys, including the live-series nod for its “Sunday Night Football” package.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual event was held at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in Gotham.

The Peacock’s bounty doubled the haul of its two nearest competitors: Fox and TNT each won four Emmys.

NBC also won the top playoff coverage category for its NFL wildcard Saturday. For individual accomplishments, Bob Costas (studio host, shared with MLB Network), Cris Collinsworth (event analyst) and Michele Tafoya (sports reporter) were all triumphant.

Fox won for its World Series coverage in the live sports special category while Joe Buck was voted best play-by-play announcer.

“Inside the NBA on TNT” was deemed top weekly studio show and “MLB Tonight” best daily studio show.

Showtime and CBS took the documentary kudo for “A Game of Honor,” about the Army and Navy football teams. The pay cabler also shared a Sports Emmy with MLB Prods. for “The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants” in the category for best edited anthology series.

The outstanding journalism award went to HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” for its piece “The College Bowl Game Money Trail.”

ESPN took home the long and short feature categories. “Outside the Lines” (“Time Out of Mind”) and “E: 60″ (“Together”) won the short competition and “Outside the Lines” (“The Man Behind the Red Bandana”) was best in the long category.

Longtime sports commentator and essayist Jack Whitaker received the lifetime achievement award, presented to him by CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz.

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