The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hands out a staggeringly-long list of Sports Emmy nominations each year, and this year’s has 268 by outlet, including everyone from FS1’s Katie Nolan to MLB Network/Fox analyst Harold Reynolds. Now, that’s not necessarily 268 individual nominations, as some nominations are split amongst multiple networks or network groups and counted for both, but it’s still an awful lot. By channel, ESPN leads with 40 while FS1 is second with 27, while by network group, ESPN leads Fox 58 to 37. ESPN’s E:60 took the most nominations by program (8), while FS1’s Fox Sports Live (presumably the since-abandoned second version, as the third one’s only been on TV for a couple of months?) tied CBS’s Super Bowl coverage for second with seven. Here are some of the more surprising nominees and categories:

OUTSTANDING PLAYOFF COVERAGE

American League Championship Series             FS1
          Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

American League Division Series                        FS1
          Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Apparently, the Emmy committee loves technical difficulties and Harold Reynolds’ commentary on Canadians’ inability to catch foul balls.

OUTSTANDING SHORT SPORTS DOCUMENTARY:

Never Say Die: Jason Day                                      YouTube
                                                                                    [zero11zero]

Yes, the 10-minute documentary on Jason Day is very good, but is it not worth mentioning that it was produced by one of his key sponsors, RBC?

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – WEEKLY:

College GameDay  (Football)                               ESPN

Football Night in America                                     NBC

FOX NFL Sunday                                                      FOX

Garbage Time with Katie Nolan                               FS1/FOXSports.com

Inside the NBA on TNT                                             TNT

Did they not have another category more appropriate for Nolan’s show, instead of putting it with all the sport-specific pre-game shows?

OUTSTANDING STUDIO SHOW – DAILY

Inside the NBA on TNT                                             TNT

Is it weekly or daily? I’m so confused. And if only someone (on TNT) could tell me (on TNT) where (on TNT) to find this magical show (on TNT)…

OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS ANTHOLOGY

E: 60                                                                             ESPN2

NFL Films Presents                                                    FOX Sports 1
                                                                                       [NFL Films]

Outside The Lines                                                       ESPN/ESPN2

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel                               HBO

SC Featured                                                                 ESPN

“NFL Films Presents” seems like an odd inclusion in a category filled with serious sports news reporting not produced by a league.

OUTSTANDING LONG FEATURE

FOX Sports Live                                                             FS1
          Mr. 900: The Bill Fong Story

No snark this time; it’s nice to see this get a nod, seeing as it was one of the weirdest, most unusual and most interesting features I’ve ever seen on a highlights show. (It’s also nominated for Outstanding Editing – Long Form, Outstanding Music Interpretation, and The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award.)

OUTSTANDING TRANS-MEDIA SPORTS COVERAGE

2015 NCAA March Madness                                           tbs/TNT/truTV
          Final Four TeamStream

First, that is a really weird name for this category. Why not “multiplatform”? And putting the TeamStream here seems odd considering how many people still don’t like (or understand) it…

OUTSTANDING SOCIAL TV EXPERIENCE

This is a category. That’s all that needs to be said.

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – STUDIO ANALYST

Jay Bilas                                                                            ESPN

Al Leiter                                                                             MLB Network

Brandon Marshall                                                             Showtime

Harold Reynolds                                                               MLB Network

Bill Ripken                                                                         MLB Network

How did MLB Network get three of five nominations here? And how did Harold Reynolds get one?

OUTSTANDING SPORTS PERSONALITY – SPORTS EVENT ANALYST

Jon Gruden                                                                        ESPN

THIS GUY approves of THIS NOMINATION. THIS GUY is just a chunk of CONCRETE CYANIDE ready to run SPIDER 2Y BANANA. At least THIS GUY is worth his highest-at-ESPN salary.

So, yeah, there are plenty of weird picks here. But with the sheer tonnage of awards being handed out, at least some deserving people will get one?

[EmmyOnline.com]

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