ESPN, ABC Take Home 13 Sports Emmys
May 5, 2006
ESPN and ABC Sports took home a combined total of 13 Sports Emmy Awards on May 1 in New York City, including a win in the first-ever new media category. The companies said this brings the overall total for ABC Sports to 155 Sports Emmys since they were first given in 1980, and 110 for ESPN during its 19 years of eligibility.
This year, ESPN had three of the four nominees in the new media category, "Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery," and ESPN.com's "Off Mikes" featuring ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic won it.
Two of ESPN's networks were honored with Sports Emmys for signature shows: ESPN's "SportsCenter" took home the "Dick Schaap Writing Award" for a piece written by Schaap's son, Jeremy, entitled "Finding Bobby Fischer." While ESPN Classic's daily "SportsCentury" was named "Outstanding Edited Series," its fourth win in the category since the show's 1999 debut. ESPN Original Entertainment was recognized with five awards, including two for "Cinderella Man: The James J. Braddock Story."
ABC Sports received three Sports Emmys, including the 15th victory for Monday Night Football's John Madden in the "Event Analyst" category and honors for the Best of Winter X Games Nine and the Indianapolis 500: "Speed City" tease.
ESPN took home two other technical achievement honors, both for the World Figure Skating Championships.