Sports Emmys: CBS Leads Nets & ESPN Tops Network Groups

CBS got the game ball tonight at the 39th annual Sports Emmys, taking home a network-leading eight trophies at the Lincoln Center ceremony in Manhattan. Its coverage of the New England Patriots’ comback win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 AFC Championship Game was the most-honored program with five statuettes.

Last year’s champion, Fox, was the runner-up with six awards, followed by ESPN with five. The Worldwide Leader led all network groups with 10 Sports Emmys, followed by CBS with eight and Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group with six apiece. Check out the complete list of winners from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences here.

Three programs tied for the second-most hardware tonight, with CBS’ 118th Army-Navy Game — which also took the marquee Outstanding Live Sporst Event category — ESPN’s College Game Day and NASCAR on Fox all grabbing three apiece. ESPN2’s E:60 was the only other multiple winner.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football won for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards for Sports went to Barry Frank, the influential sports program content creator, TV rights negotiator and the talent rep for some of the biggest names in sportscasting including Bob Costas, John Madden, Mike Tirico and Jim Nantz. He created such memorable series as The Superstars and its many spinoffs, golf’s Skins Game, Battle of the Network Stars and American Gladiators. 

“Tonight we celebrate the sports broadcasting industry — some of the most exciting, skillful, and entertaining television anywhere,” NATAS CHairman Chuck Dages said. “In addition to celebrating the outstanding work by this evening’s nominees, we are pleased to honor Barry Frank for his long and prolific career and present him with the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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