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Sports Emmys: Ted Turner to receive Lifetime Achievement honor; ESPN leads way with 30 nominations

The Sports Emmys just announced nominations for the big night in New York on May 6.

A highlight of the evening will be awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award to Ted Turner. Now there’s one speech  I won’t want to miss.

Remember people thought Turner was crazy when he decided to air Atlanta Braves games nationally on his WTBS Superstation? The move proved to be visionary, changing the entire path for sports on TV.

CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, who served on the committee, actually was surprised to hear Turner hadn’t won the honor previously.

“When his name was brought up, it was instantaneous,” McManus said. “Everyone went, ‘Of course.’ Look at what he’s done for the world of sports. It was a no brainer.”

As for the awards, here’s the link for the nominations. ESPN leads the way with 30, followed by Fox with 18 and HBO with 15. HBO’s 24/7 series had seven nominations.

As usual, there are flaws in the process. How can Ernie Johnson not be included among best studio analysts? Why is David Feherty in that category for Golf Channel? He’s an analyst, not a host.

No Al Michaels, Jim Nantz for outstanding play-by-play? No Charles Barkley for studio analyst?

And there’s more. Discuss.

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host

James Brown

CBS/Showtime

Bob Costas

NBC

David Feherty

Golf Channel

Greg  Gumbel

CBS

Dan Patrick

NBC/NBCSN/DIRECTV

 

Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play

Marv Albert

 TNT/tbs/TruTV/CBS

Mike Breen

 ABC/ESPN

Joe Buck

 FOX

Bob Costas

 MLB Network

Mike Emrick

 NBC/NBCSN

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst

Cris Collinsworth

 Showtime

Al Leiter

MLB Network

Rick Neuheisel

PAC-12 Network

Harold Reynolds

MLB Network/FOX

Michael Strahan

FOX

Tom Verducci

tbs/MLB Network

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Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst

Cris Collinsworth

NBC

Gary Danielson

CBS

Kirk Herbstreit

ESPN

Tim McCarver

FOX

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Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter

Pierre McGuire

NBC/NBCSN

Ken Rosenthal

FOX

Lisa Salters

ESPN

Michele Tafoya

NBC

Tom Verducci

MLB Network

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