ESPN, NBC Sports Dominate 40th Annual Sports Emmys; HBO’s Real Sports Wins Outstanding Sports Journalism Category

By A.J. Katz 

ESPN and NBC Sports dominated the 2019 40th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, scoring six trophies a piece.

Turner snagged five wins, while FS1 and HBO earned four apiece.

This year’s awards took place on Monday at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang came in as the top program overall with three Sports Emmys.

Showtime’s All AccessESPN2’s E:60HBO’s Hard Knocks, TNT’s uber-popular NBA pregame studio show Inside the NBA and Netflix’s Zion were other programs to score multiple awards on Tuesday evening.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel won in the Outstanding Sports Journalism category.

On the sports newser front – Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson won Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio host; NBC Sports’ Mike “Doc” Emrick won Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play; ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit won Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst; Bill Raftery (CBS/TBS/Turner/FS1) won Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst; and NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya won Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter.

Fox’s coverage of the 114th World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers won for Outstanding Live Sports Special, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football received the Outstanding Live Sports Series trophy, and CBS Sports earned Outstanding Playoff Coverage for the epic AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Longtime basketball announcer Dick Vitale was presented with Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports (“yeah baby!)

“Every day, the sports broadcasting industry brings the American public some of the most exciting, skillful, and entertaining television anywhere,” NATAS Chairman Terry O’Reilly said in a statement.

Click here to check out the list of winners from each of the 41 categories: