May 2, 2006

Perfect 10 Emmys for ESPN networks

By Paul J. Gough

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - "Monday Night Football"
received a few awards for its swan-song season on ABC, but ESPN
Networks made the biggest score Monday night with 10 trophies
at the 27th annual Sports Emmy Awards.

ESPN's haul included four each for ESPN and ESPN2, as well
as one each for ESPN Classic and ESPN sibling ABC
Sports received three awards during the ceremony at the
Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center.

HBO received six awards, the most for a single network,
including outstanding sports journalism for a "Real Sports With
Bryant Gumbel" story about racism in soccer. Fox Sports won
five awards, TNT got two, and CBS, NBC (shared with HBO) and
USA Network each took one.

John Madden won for outstanding studio analyst in his last
season on "MNF" before he and Al Michaels move on to NBC's
"Sunday Night Football" this year. Michaels lost the
play-by-play award to Fox's Joe Buck, who does baseball and
football. And "MNF" lost live sports series to NASCAR on Fox.

HBO/NBC's Bob Costas won for studio host. It was his 18th
career Emmy.

TNT won the live sports special category for its British
Open coverage that featured an appearance by Jack Nicklaus. It
beat out NBC's Preakness Stakes, ABC/ESPN's Little League World
Series, Fox's World Series and CBS' Masters coverage. The live
daily studio show award went to "Inside the NBA -- Playoffs" on
TNT. HBO's "Inside the NFL" won for weekly studio show. HBO's
Cris Collinsworth -- who took ribbing from other sports
personalities for his well-traveled media career -- won for
studio analyst.

The first broadband Sports Emmy went to "Off Mikes," an
animated webcast on produced by Animax Entertainment.
ESPN had been nominated three times in the category.

The Dick Schaap Writing Award went to Schaap's son, Jeremy
Schaap, for a feature on ESPN's "SportsCenter" for "Finding
Bobby Fischer." Schaap thanked his late father for teaching him

"Just in case you are listening tonight, Bobby Fischer is
nuts, you were right," Schaap said.

The night's highlight was provided by Edvin Marton, who
composed the theme for ESPN's "World Figure Skating
Championships." Marton, who flew in from Budapest, Hungary, for
the ceremony, brought along a Stradivarius violin and played
the medley.

The lifetime achievement award was given to Olympics
producer/filmmaker Bud Greenspan.

"He is the master of ceremonies," said Mark Shapiro,
formerly a top programming executive at ESPN, in presenting the
lifetime achievement award to Greenspan.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter