ESPN Leads 41st Sports Emmy Awards; Netflix Grabs Doc Win

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.”

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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.

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The full list of honorees follows and is also available at TheEmmys.tv.

The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Network

Network Winners
ESPN                                  7
FOX 7
CBS 5
HBO 5
TNT 4
MLB Network 3
FS1 2
NBC   2
NBCSN                              2
NFL Network 2
ABC 1
CBS Sports Network 1
ESPNews 1
FOX Deportes 1
FS2 1
Golf Channel 1
Netflix 1
Red Bull TV 1
tbs 1
truTV 1
UFC Fight Pass 1
YouTube 1

The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Network Group

Network Group Winners
ESPN (ESPN, ESPNews, ABC) 8
FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes) 7
CBS Sports (CBS, CBS Sports Network) 5
HBO Sports 5
Turner Sports (tbs, TNT, truTV) 4
MLB Network 3
NBC Sports Group  (NBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel) 3
NFL Network 2
Netflix   1
Red Bull TV   1
UFC   1
YouTube   1

The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Award by Multiple Winners

 Program Winners Network
Super Bowl LIV 4 FOX
24/7 3 HBO
E: 60 2 ESPN
NFL 100 2 NFL Network
NFL on ESPN 2 ESPN
SC Featured 2 ESPN
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup 2 FOX
The Masters 3 CBS

 

CBS Sports HQ Set Single-Day Streaming Record Super Bowl Sunday

CBS Sports HQ, the free ad-supported streaming sports news network, set new records for daily, weekend and week-long viewership from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

While TV ratings for the game — which saw the New England Patriots win their sixth Lombardi Trophy — were the lowest in 10 years, online viewership set records, with about 7.5 million unique devices streaming the game – up 20% from Super Bowl LII.

Streamers watched more than 560 million total minutes of live game coverage, which was up 19% from last year, according to BizJournals.com. About 2.6 million viewers streamed the game per minute, which was up 31% from last year.

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Just ahead of its one-year anniversary, CBS Sports HQ set single-day records for unique viewers, with more than one million viewers on Feb. 3, and streaming minutes, with nearly 14 million minutes streamed. The service also set new weekend viewership records for audience and streaming minutes, and a week-long record for streaming minutes.

“Big events drive big audience, and this weekend was no exception with our most viewers and most consumption yet,” Jeffrey Gerttula, EVP & GM, CBS Sports Digital, said in a statement. “We know the audience will continue to grow as we focus on delivering the coverage sports fans want, on any device, with no barriers to watch.”

Along with several live daily shows, CBS Sports HQ delivered additional on-site reports leading up to the Super Bowl, and on game day streamed 10 hours of original pre-game coverage, plus post-game analysis and highlights.