ESPN Earns Industry-Leading 59 Sports Emmy Nominations

ESPN earned an industry-leading 59 nominations for the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, as announced Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). This is the 10th straight year that ESPN has led the industry. ESPN’s 59 nominations include work presented on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, SEC Network and the ESPN App.

The 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards will be held live and in-person on Monday, May 22, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Leading ESPN nominations include:

  • ESPN storytelling: including three forE60, plus three features via SC Featured, one College GameDay and one Sunday NFL Countdown
  • Studio showsCollege GameDay, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live, Pardon the Interruption, SportsCenter and Postseason NFL Countdown
  • NFL programming: nine in numerous categories, including four for studio shows, plus Monday Night Football in Live Series and multiple individual commentators
  • College programming: seven, highlighted by Saturday Night College Football in Live Series plus multiple individual commentators
  • ESPN Deportes: Six, including three for feature stories, one for studio show and two commentators
  • Technical, Interactive and Innovation – a wide range of innovative achievements across multiple categories, including:
  • CFP National Championship MegaCast (outstanding interactive experience-event coverage)
  • NHL on ESPN Ovechkin 800 (outstanding interactive experience-original programming)
  • Monday Night Football (outstanding technical team event)
  • College GameDay and NFL Draft (outstanding technical team studio)
  • McEnroe vs. McEnroe (digital innovation)
  • NHL Broadcasts – Digitally Enhanced Dasher Boards (George Wensel technical achievement award)

On-air Personality nominations include:

  • Hosts: SportsCenter’s Scott Van Pelt and College GameDay’s Rece Davis
  • Play-by-Play: NBA on ESPN and ABC’s Mike BreenMNF’s Joe Buck and Tennis/College Football’s Chris Fowler
  • Analysts: Jay Bilas (Studio), Ryan Clark (Studio) and Peyton Manning (Event)
  • Reporters: Holly RoweLisa Salters and Molly McGrath
  • Emerging On-Air Talent: Andraya Carter, Robert Griffin III, Eli Manning and JJ Redick.
  • On-Air Personality in Spanish: ESPN Deportes’ Carolina Guillén and Pilar Pérez

ESPN’s nominees for the 44th Annual Sports Emmy Awards, by Category:

Live SeriesMonday Night Football (ESPN)
Saturday Night College Football (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Edited Event CoverageHey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL – The 2022 NFL Draft (ESPN)*
Welcome to the NHL: 2022 NHL Draft (ESPN+, NHL Network)*
Edited SpecialSC Featured: White Men Can’t Jump – 30th Anniversary Special (ESPN+)
Hosted Edited SeriesE60 (ESPN)
Eli’s Places (ESPN+)*
Studio Show – Weekly College GameDay (ESPN)
Monday Night Countdown (ESPN)
Studio Show – DailyNFL Live (ESPN)
Pardon the Interruption (ESPN)
SportsCenter (ESPN)
Studio Show – Limited RunPostseason NFL Countdown (ESPN)
Outstanding JournalismE60 Qatar’s World Cup (ESPN)
E60 Remember the Blue and Yellow (ESPN, ESPN+)
E60 The Survivor: The Remarkable Life of Shaul Ladany (ESPN)
Short FeatureCollege Game Day (ESPN)
Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN)
Long FeatureBetsy & Irv (ESPN+)
SC Featured: Mind Over Matter (ESPN)
SC Featured: Seams to Heal (ESPN)
Open/Tease2022 College Football Playoff National Championship – Of Grit and Glory (ESPN)
US Open – I was Here (ESPN
Interactive Experience – Event CoverageCollege Football Playoff National Championship MegaCast (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, SEC Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App, ABC)
Interactive Experience – Original ProgrammingNHL on ESPN – Ovechkin 800 (
Digital InnovationMcEnroe vs. McEnroe (ABC, ESPN, ESPN+)*
Personality/Studio Host Rece Davis (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Scott Van Pelt (ESPN)
Personality/Play-by-PlayMike Breen (ABC)
Joe Buck (ESPN)
Chris Fowler (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Personality/Studio Analyst Jay Bilas (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Ryan Clark (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Personality/Event AnalystPeyton Manning (ESPN2, ESPN+)
Personality/Reporter Molly McGrath (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Holly Rowe (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Lisa Salters (ESPN, ABC)
Personality/Emerging On-Air TalentAndraya Carter (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, SEC Network)
Robert Griffin III (ESPN)
Eli Manning (ESPN2, ESPN+)
JJ Redick (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC)
Technical Team EventMonday Night Football (ESPN)
Technical Team StudioCollege GameDay (ESPN)
Editing Short – FormMonday Night Football Teases (ESPN, ABC)
Outside The Lines – Without You (ESPN)
Writing – Short FormOutside The Lines – Without You (ESPN)
Writing – Long FormE60 – The Survivor: The Remarkable Life of Shaul Ladany (ESPN)
Yankees-Dodgers: An Uncivil War (ESPN)*
Music Direction2022 College Football Playoff National Championship – Of Grit and Glory (ESPN)
Audio/Sound – Live EventUS Open (ESPN)
Graphic Design – Event/ShowNBA on ESPN (ESPN, ABC)
George Wensel Technical Achievement AwardNHL Broadcasts – Digitally Enhanced Dasher Boards (ESPN, ABC, TNT, tbs, NHL Network)*
Studio Show in SpanishSportsCenter (ESPN Deportes)
Feature Story in Spanish SC Reportajes: Arraigado (ESPN Deportes)
SC Reportajes: The Real Deal (ESPN Deportes)
Un Tren A Qatar (ESPN Deportes)
On-Air Personality in SpanishCarolina Guillén (ESPN Deportes)
Pilar Pérez (ESPN Deportes)

*External entry airing on an ESPN network.