Piper Perabo: Usually I see these guys and it's all gowns and diamonds, so it's nice to see them in a more low-key setting so we can all hang out. Okay, so it's comparatively low-key -- there's still a red carpet.
When it comes to the bottomless thirst for televised sports, here's who is tending the bar:
1. James L. Dolan (MSG)
2. Stephen Espinoza (Showtime Sports)
3. Randy Freer (Fox Sports)
4. Eric Shanks (Fox Sports)
5. Ken Hershman (HBO Sports)
6. Mark Lazarus (NBC Sports Group)
7. David Levy (Turner)
8 Sean McManus (CBS)
9. David Rone (Time Warner Cable)
10. John Skipper (ESPN)
As deals proliferate in the sports entertainment universe, you'll find these folks in the thick of it.
1. Dan Beckerman (AEG)
2. Rick Dudley (Octagon)
3. Michael Levine (CAA Sports)
4. Howard Nuchow (CAA Sports)
5. Jill Smoller (WME)
6. Josh Swartz (Relativity)
7. Casey Wasserman (Wasserman Media Group)
Big dealings in tech and entertainment led to big wheelings in sports ownership.
1. Paul Allen (Seattle Seahawks/Portland Trailblazers)
2. Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks)
3. Peter Guber (Golden State Warriors/Los Angeles Dodgers)
More than just broadcasters, they entertain with the most meaningful stories in the game.
1. Joe Buck (Fox)
2. Bob Costas (NBC)
3. Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
4. Rich Eisen (NFL Network)
5. Ernie Johnson (Turner)
6. Bob Ley (ESPN)
7. Jim Rome (Showtime, CBS Sports)
Nothing happens on the field anymore without an eye toward the TV screen.
1. Brian France (NASCAR)
2. Roger Goodell (NFL)
3. Adam Silver (NBA)
4. Bud Selig (MLB)
5. Dana White (UFC)
A landmark court case over college athlete rights could have a huge effect on sports entertainment.
Ed O'Bannon (O'Bannon v. NCAA)
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Emmy history: Nommed last year
The case: Gunn's Skyler White was a storm of emotional turmoil this season. A nervous breakdown, suicide attempt and complete switch of attitude toward her meth-dealing husband (Bryan Cranston) made her a standout.
Trivia: She was nominated in 1997 for a Joseph Jefferson Award, given to Chicago legiters, for her role in tuner “Assassins.”
— Alex Stedman
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Emmy history: Two wins, plus one win and three other noms outside this category
The case: Smith has dominated this category for the past two years with her role as Violet Crawley, the dowager countess of Grantham. She hardly slowed down in third season as the always disapproving grandmother.
Trivia: When she played Diana Barrie in 1978's “California Suite,” she became the only person to win an Oscar for playing an Oscar loser.
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Emmy history: First nom
The case: Clarke plays fan favorite Daenerys Targaryen, who started out as a much quieter character but by the end of the season evolved to a fierce queen of armies. Fans rooted for the “Mother of Dragons” throughout the intense season.
Trivia: Clarke's not only a skilled actress, but she can sing and play the piano, flute and guitar.
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
Emmy history: Three noms, plus seven noms outside this category, including one win.
The case: Baranski's character, Diane Lockhart, went through some major changes last season. When she's faced with the possibility of leaving the Lockhart/Gardner law firm for a spot on the Supreme Court, her decisions became critical.
Trivia: Baranski raised her children without television because she couldn't monitor what they were watching all the time.
— Alex Stedman
Emmy history: First nom
The case: Though the relationship of Baccarin's Jessica Brody with her daughter (Morgan Saylor) improved this season, the one with her husband (Damian Lewis) got seriously messy. A highlight was her impassioned speech at a wounded veterans benefit.
Trivia: At the age of 12, she was junior high classmates with co-star Claire Danes.
“Mad Men” (AMC)
Emmy history: Fourth nom
The case: This past season saw a little less of Hendricks, but in the episodes where Joan Harris was involved, she made an impact. From navigating her new partnership to hospital visits, Hendricks had plenty to work.
Trivia: Hendricks was able to put her accordion skills to use in a season three episode.