The NBC Sports Group won nine Sports Emmy Awards, the most of any sports media company for the second straight year; Sunday Night Football won its fourth consecutive award for Outstanding Live Sports Series; and Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya were all honored in their respective categories at the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented tonight by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
MARK LAZARUS, NBC SPORTS GROUP CHAIRMAN: “It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers. Tonight’s results speak to the quality of the work we were able to produce as a team in the very first year of the NBC Sports Group. We want to extend our congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and nominees.”
Formed in January, 2011, the NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network (rebranded from VERSUS in January 2012), Golf Channel, 11 Comcast Regional Sports Networks, and their respective digital assets.
NBC Sports’ NFL coverage was honored with a total of six Emmy Awards in the following categories:
· Outstanding Live Sports Series for Sunday Night Football;
· Outstanding Playoff Coverage for Wild Card Saturday;
· Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction for Sunday Night Football open with Faith Hill;
· Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host, Bob Costas;
· Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst, Cris Collinsworth;
· Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter, Michele Tafoya.
Other wins for the NBC Sports Group included:
· Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic for 2011 Stanley Cup Final on NBC;
· The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award for America’s Cup Highlight Show on VERSUS (now NBC Sports Network);
· Outstanding Camerawork for the 2011 Ironman World Championships on NBC.
For the fourth consecutive year, NBC Sports won Outstanding Live Sports Series for Sunday Night Football. NBC Sports has now won the award in five of the last six years, also winning in 2007 for its NASCAR coverage.
Bob Costas was awarded his 23rd career Emmy and fourth consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host. Costas hosts Football Night in America, NBC Sports’ acclaimed NFL studio show. He won the Emmy in the same category last year for his work on Football Night and at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
Cris Collinsworth was awarded his fourth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst. It was Collinsworth’s 13th career Emmy, which includes wins in 2007 and 2008 in the Studio Analyst category for work on Football Night in America.
Michele Tafoya, sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football, won the inaugural award in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter.
A complete list of winners will be made available at www.emmyonline.org !