ESPN leads all nets at Sports Emmys

Cabler receives 36 noms, NBC best of b'cast with 22

ESPN led all networks with 36 nominations for the Sports Emmy Awards announced Tuesday morning.

On the broadcast side, NBC was best with 22 noms. Among the top programs, HBO’s “24/7” docuseries garnered eight noms, more than any other show. ESPN2’s newsmagazine “E:60” drew seven noms while Showtime and CBSSports.com entry “A Game of Honor,” as well as “MLB on Fox” and “NASCAR on Fox” all tied with five.

For individual honors, noms for top play by play personality went to Al Michaels, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Marv Albert and Mike Emrick. In the top studio analyst category, Al Leiter, Charles Barkley, Cris Collinsworth, Harold Reynolds, Kirk Herbstreit, Skip Bayless and Trent Dilfer all were nominated.

Best live series nods were spread across the dial: ESPN for “Monday Night Football,” NBC for “Sunday Night Football,” HBO for “WCB/PPV Boxing,” “MLB on Fox” and “NBA on TNT.”

“E:60” was nominated for three sports journalism stories and HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” for two.

In the studio show (daily) category, ESPN has three nods: “Pardon the Interruption,” “NASCAR Now” and “SportsCenter.” TNT’s “Inside the NBA on TNT (playoff edition),” MLB’s “MLB Tonight” and ESPN2’s “Sports Nation” were also tabbed.

Weekly studio show nominations went to ESPN’s “College Game Day” and “Inside the NFL.” Others were “Inside the NBA on TNT,” “Football Night in America” on NBC, and “Inside the NFL” on Showtime and CBS.

For the best docus, ESPN had three noms: “Catching Hell,” “The Marinovich Project” and “Unguarded.” HBO took home two: “McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice” and “Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV.”