ESPN Gains More Than 50 Sports Emmy Nominations For 2020


National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced Sports Emmy Award nominations for 2020.

Sports Emmy Nominations

ESPN has more than 50 nominations, this is the eighth straight year ESPN led all network groups and the 20th time in the last 21 years.

ESPN’s 54 nominations come from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS and ESPN’s nominations by category are:

Edited Coverage Hey Rookie: Welcome To The NFL – 2020 NFL Draft
Edited Sports Special SC Presents: 2020 – Heroes, History and Hope
The Undefeated Presents: The Stop – Living, Driving and Dying While Black
Short Sports Documentary Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible (ESPN+, ESPN)
E60: Twice the Fight: A Family’s Battle and Love of Football
The Undefeated Presents: Why I Play
Studio Show Weekly College GameDay
Studio Show Daily SportsCenter
Pardon the Interruption
Studio Show Limited Run College GameDay: NFL Draft
Post-Season NFL Countdown
News Anthology E60
SC Featured (ESPN2, ESPNEWS)
Journalism E60: The Hero of Goodall Park
E60: Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story
Short Feature E60: Teddy Bear Toss
SC Featured: Tears
SC Featured: Together (
Sunday NFL Countdown: The Big Mo Show
Long Feature SC Featured: Fighting for Aniah
Open/Tease E60: Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story
E60: Project 11: Alex Smith
Digital Innovation SportsNation: Football Visualization Platform (ESPN, ESPN+,, Twitter)
Studio Host Rachel Nichols
Scott Van Pelt
Play-by-Play Mike Breen (ABC)
Studio Analyst Jay Bilas (ESPN, ESPN2)
Kirk Herbstreit
Event Analyst Doris Burke
Kirk Herbstreit
Jeff Van Gundy (ABC)
Reporter Lisa Salters (ESPN, ABC)
Emerging On-Air Talent Malika Andrews
Tech Team Event College Football Playoff National Championship
Tech Team Studio NFL Draft (ESPN, ABC, NFL Network)
College GameDay
Camerawork Longform Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible (ESPN+, ESPN)
Editing – Shortform Sunday NFL Countdown: The Big Mo Show
The Undefeated Presents: The Stop – Living, Driving and Dying While Black Open
Writing Shortform PGA News Conference Show: Distance
SC Presents: 2020 – Heroes, History and Hope: Enough
Live Event Audio/Sound US Open Tennis
Live Graphic Design College Football (ESPN, ABC)
Post-Produced Graphic Design NFL (ESPN, ABC)
Promotional Announcement The Last Dance: Predictions
Studio Show in Spanish ESPN Fútbol Center (ESPN Deportes)
SportsCenter Deportes (ESPN Deportes)
Feature Story in Spanish Greenland: Colombia (ESPN Deportes)
SC Reportajes: 21 – Roberto Clemente (ESPN Deportes)
SC Reportajes: El Paso Strong (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in Spanish Ernesto Jerez (ESPN Deportes)
Mauricio Pedroza (ESPN Deportes)
Pilar Pérez (ESPN Deportes)

The 42nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards will be live-streamed at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and The Emmy apps on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN’s leading nominations:

  • ESPN’s enterprise journalism is always highly recognized, and E60 received seven nominations while SC Featured garnered four.
  • ESPN Deportes earned a record eight nominations, including three for feature stories, two for studio shows plus commentators Ernesto Jerez, Mauricio Pedroza and Pilar Perez.
  • The NBA on ESPN and ABC was honored with seven nominations, including commentators Mike Breen, Doris Burke, Rachel Nichols, Lisa Salters (also works NFL), Jeff Van Gundy and Malika Andrews in a new category, Emerging Talent.
  • College football brought six nominations to ESPN, including two for College GameDay, and two for Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN’s most-honored individual with five Sports Emmys, including Event Analyst a year ago.
  • Six NFL submissions were cited, including two for Sunday NFL Countdown and one for Post-Season NFL Countdown.
  • The Undefeated, ESPN’s – multi-platform content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture – earned its first three nominations, including two for The Undefeated Presents: The Stop – Living, Driving and Dying While Black.
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