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ESPN leads Sports Emmys

Network significantly ahead of second-place HBO, Fox

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For the third consecutive year, ESPN led the pack in nominations for the 27th annual Sports Emmys, netting a total of 26.

Although not quite reaching its previous score of 29, the network was still significantly ahead of second-place HBO (17) and Fox (16), with ABC shadowing with 14. ESPN2 (12) and CBS (11) followed.

The Peacock net languished behind with only seven mentions, but it had no support from its extensive Winter Olympics coverage, as voters were restricted to choosing shows from the 2005 calendar year.

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” tied with ESPN2’s “Timeless” for shows with the most noms, both racking up five. HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” took four.

ESPN.com dominated this year’s new category, which fetes shows created for “nontraditional” platforms. The Web net was nominated for three of the four spots.

Nominations were announced by National Television Academy prexy Peter Price at a breakfast Wednesday in New York. Awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at Gotham’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 1.

And the nominees are…

LIVE SPORTS SPECIAL
130th Preakness Stakes (NBC)
134th British Open (TNT)
Little League World Series (ABC/ESPN)
MLB: World Series (Fox)
The Masters (CBS)

LIVE SPORTS SERIES
Monday Night Football (ABC)
College Football (ESPN)
Sunday Night Football (ESPN)
NASCAR (Fox)
NFL (CBS)

LIVE EVENT TURNAROUND
Best of Winter X Games Nine (ABC) (ESPN Productions)
Beyond the Wheel – Brickyard 400 (Speed Channel) (NASCAR Images)
NBA Players Hurricane Relief Game (TNT)
NFL Network Game of the Week Special Edition (Lions vs Bucs) (NFL Network; NFL Films)
Tour de France on CBS (CBS)

EDITED SPORTS SPECIAL
57th USGA Girls Junior Amateur Championship (NBC)
Baseball Is… (ESPN2) (MLB Productions)
Chasing Lance: #7 (Discovery Channel) (Colorado Production Group)
CostasNOW – David Robinson: A Man in Full (HBO)
Ray Romano & Kevin James: Making the Cut (HBO) (441 Productions)

SPORTS DOCUMENTARY
Dare to Dream: The Story of the US Women’s Soccer Team (HBO)
Mantle (HBO) (Camaro Films)
Perfect Upset (HBO)
Rhythm in the Rope (ESPN2)
You Write Better Than You Play: The Frank Deford Story (ESPN Classic)

EDITED SPORTS SERIES/ANTHOLOGIES
Beyond the Glory (Fox Sports Net) (Asylum Entertainment)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
SportsCentury (ESPN Classic)
Timeless (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)
Top 5 Reason You Can’t Blame (ESPN Classic)

STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY
College GameDay (ESPN)
NFL Sunday (Fox)
Inside the NBA (TNT)
Inside the NFL (HBO)
NASCAR Pre Race Show (Fox)

STUDIO SHOW – DAILY
Baseball Tonight (ESPN)
Best Damn Sports Show Period (Fox Sports Net)
Inside the NBA – Playoffs (TNT)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
Sports Center (ESPN)

SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO HOST
Bob Costas (HBO/ NBC)
Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
James Brown (Fox)
John Saunders (ABC/ ESPN)
Rich Eisen (NFL Network/ CBS)

SPORTS PERSONALITY – PLAY-BY-PLAY
Al Michaels (ABC)
Jim Lampley (HBO)
Jim Nantz (CBS)
Joe Buck (Fox)
Keith Jackson (ABC)

SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST
Cris Collinsworth (HBO)
Harold Reynolds (ESPN)
Howie Long (Fox)
Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN)
Tom Jackson (ESPN)

SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS EVENT ANALYST
Joe Morgan (ESPN)
John Madden (ABC)
Johnny Miller (NBC)
Tim McCarver (Fox)
Troy Aikman (Fox)

TECHNICAL TEAM REMOTE
ESPN Sunday Night Football (ESPN)
NASCAR on FOX: Daytona 500 (FOX)
NASCAR on NBC/ TNT (NBC/ TNT)
Winter X Games Nine (ABC) (ESPN Productions)

TECHNICAL TEAM STUDIO
NBA Draft (ESPN)
NFL Draft (ESPN)
This is SportsCenter (ESPN)

OUTSTANDING CAMERA WORK
Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)
ESPN Sunday Night Football (Teases) (ESPN)
Timeless (Ann Wolfe) (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)
X Games Eleven (Surfing) (ABC) (ESPN Productions)

OUTSTANDING EDITING
Chasing Lance: #7 (Discovery Channel) (Colorado Production Group)
NASCAR on TNT (Teases) (TNT)
NBA on TNT Thursday (Teases) (TNT)
NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Tease) (CBS)
PGA Tour Sunday (Kevin Hall) (USA) (PGA Tour Productions)
Timeless (Prison Chess) (ESPN2)
Wimbledon on NBC (Teases) (NBC)

OUTSTANDING WRITING
French Open (I Want My Kids to be Claycourters) (ESPN2)
NASCAR Championship Chase (The Chase for the 2005 Nextel Cup) (Speed Channel) (NASCAR Images)
SportsCenter (Finding Bobby Fischer) (ESPN)
The Final Four Show (Hoop Dreams) (CBS)
Tour de France on CBS (CBS)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION/DIRECTION/ LYRICS
Mantle (HBO)
Rhythm in the Rope (ESPN2)
The NFL Today (Rise to Glory – the NFL Today Tease) (CBS)
World Figure Skating Championships (Teases, Bumps and Rollout) (ESPN)
You Write Better Than You Play: The Frank Deford Story (ESPN Classic)

OUTSTANDING LIVE EVENT AUDIO/SOUND
ESPN Sunday Night Baseball (ESPN)
Great Outdoor Games (ESPN)
HBO World Championship Boxing (HBO)
NASCAR on FOX (FOX)

OUTSTANDING POST PRODUCED AUDIO/SOUND
Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)
Indianapolis 500 (Speed City Tease) (ABC)
Inside the NFL (Sounds of the NFL) (HBO) (NFL Films)
NBA on TNT Thursday (Teases) (TNT)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC DESIGN
ABC’s NFL Monday Night Football (Show Graphics) (ABC)
Howie Long’s Tough Guys (FOX)
Lincoln Financial Battle at the Bridges (ABC)
NFL on FOX: Super Bowl XXXIX (FOX)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION
ABC’s NFL Monday Night Football (Teases) (ABC)
Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)
NBA on TNT (New Studio Set) (TNT)
Super Bowl XXXIX Pre Game Show (Opens and Features) (FOX)

OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
FLW Outdoors (Speciality Miniature Cameras) (Fox Sports Net) (FLW Outdoors Productions)
Golf on CBS (SwingVision) (CBS)
MLB on FOX (FoxTrax) (FOX)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CONTEN
T FOR NON-TRADITIONAL DELIVERY PLATFORM

Baseball’s Best Moments (Webcast on MLB.com) (MLB.com)
E-Ticket: The Wizard at 95 (Webcast on ESPN.com) (ESPN.com)
Off Mikes (Webcast on ESPN.com) (ESPN.com) (Animax Entertainment)
The Sports Guy (Webcast on ESPN.com) (ESPN.com) (Funny Garbage Productions)

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Soccer Racism) (HBO)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (The Nanny) (HBO)
SportsCenter (Finding Bobby Fischer) (ESPN)

OUTSTANDING SHORT FEATURE
Kentucky Derby (Afleet Alex) (NBC)
SportsCenter (A Boy’s Wish) (ESPN)
Timeless (Lama Kunga) (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (The Hoyts) (HBO)
SportsCenter (Clay Dyer) (ESPN)
SportsCenter Presents: Stories of Inspiration (Choose Life: Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah & Jim MacLaren) (ESPN) (LOOKALIKE Production)
The Final Four Show (Hoop Dreams) (CBS)
Timeless (Ann Wolfe) (ESPN2) (Red Line Films)

OUTSTANDING OPEN/TEASE
Little League World Series (US Championship Tease) (ABC)
NFL on FOX: Super Bowl XXXIX (Game Open) (FOX)
Winter Gravity Games (Tease) (OLN) (Octagon)
World Figure Skating Championships (Show 1 Tease) (ESPN)