August 12, 2020
Disney-owned ESPN edged out Fox Sports, CBS Sports and HBO to lead the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 41st Sports Emmy Awards. The live-streamed ceremony honored nominees in more than 35 categories. Surprise winners included Netflix, which won a documentary award (“Last Chance U”) despite eschewing live sports programming.
“The global pandemic has created unparalleled challenges in bringing a ‘live’ awards show program to the sports community,” Adam Sharp, CEO, NATAS, said in a statement. “With two hosts, seven presenters, and more than 135 acceptors coming from either a studio or their homes across the country, the sheer size and demand for new and exciting ways to recognize the great talents creating sports television has been an enormous enterprise that the National Academy has happily embraced.”
The ceremony was streamed live on NATAS’s dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the Web at watch.theemmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at apps.theemmys.tv).
Categories included Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Sports Series and Playoff Coverage, three Documentary categories, Outstanding Play-by-Play Announcer and Studio Host, among others. This year’s competition marked the debut of a new category for Outstanding Esports Coverage.
The full list of honorees follows and is also available at TheEmmys.tv.
The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Network
|CBS Sports Network||1|
|Red Bull TV||1|
|UFC Fight Pass||1|
The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Network Group
|ESPN||(ESPN, ESPNews, ABC)||8|
|FOX Sports Media Group||(FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes)||7|
|CBS Sports||(CBS, CBS Sports Network)||5|
|Turner Sports||(tbs, TNT, truTV)||4|
|NBC Sports Group||(NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel)||3|
|Red Bull TV||1|
The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Multiple Winners
|Super Bowl LIV||4||FOX|
|NFL 100||2||NFL Network|
|NFL on ESPN||2||ESPN|
|2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup||2||FOX|