On Tuesday, the National Academy of Television and Sciences quietly announced the nominations for sports television over the past year. The ESPN Family of networks led all sports groups with a combined 57 nominations. NBC Sports Group was second with 42. Fox Sports Media Group was third having 26 nominations while CBS and Turner Sports were tied with 18.

As far as networks were concerned, ESPN led the way with 37 nominations with NBC followed with 33. MLB Network was third with 16, ESPN2 had 15 nominations, Fox came in fifth with 14 and sister network Fox Sports 1 had 13.

The program that had the most nominations was the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with 15, E:60, Fox Sports Live and SportsCenter were next with seven each. The FIFA World Cup in Brazil had 6 nominations while the MLB on TBS Postseason and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel were tied with five.

Some of the usual suspects like Bob Costas, Sunday Night Football, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel and E:60 saw their regular nods. However, some new names like Ian Eagle, SEC Network, Rich Neuheisel and Dan Hicks received nominations this year.

Stuart Scott was also nominated as a studio host.

We won’t list every nomination, but we will list some of the major categories. If you wish to see every nomination, you can go to the Sports Emmys site.

Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play

Mike Breen — ESPN/ABC
Bob Costas — MLB Network
Ian Eagle — TBS/CBS/TNT/truTV
Mike Emrick — NBC/NBCSN
Dan Hicks — NBC/Golf Channel

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host

Bob Costas — NBC/MLB Network
Rich Eisen — NFL Network/DirecTV
Ernie Johnson — TNT
Keith Olbermann — ESPN2
Stuart Scott — ESPN
Matt Vasgersian — MLB Network

Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst

Charles Barkley — TNT
Rick Neuheisel — Pac-12 Network
Harold Reynolds — MLB Network
Tom Verducci — MLB Network

Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst

Cris Collinsworth — NBC
Jon Gruden — ESPN
Jeff Van Gundy — ABC/ESPN
Kirk Herbstreit — ABC/ESPN
Harold Reynolds — Fox/Fox Sports 1/MLB Network

Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter

Ken Rosenthal — Fox/Fox Sports 1/MLB Network
Holly Rowe — ESPN/espnW
Lisa Salters — ESPN
Michele Tafoya — NBC
Tom Verducci — MLB Network
Tracy Wolfson — TBS/CBS/TNT/truTV/NFL Network

Outstanding Live Sports Special

146th Belmont Stakes — NBC
2014 FIFA World Cup Final: Germany vs. Argentina — ABC
College Football Playoff National Championship: Oregon vs. Ohio State — ESPN
Daytona 500 — Fox
Super Bowl XLIX: Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots — NBC

Outstanding Live Sports Series

ESPN College Football — ABC/ESPN/SEC Network
ESPN Monday Night Football — ESPN
NASCAR on Fox — Fox/Fox Sports 1
Sunday Night Football — NBC

Outstanding Playoff Coverage

NASCAR Chase for the Cup — ESPN
National League Championship Series: San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals — Fox Sports 1
NCAA March Madness — TBS/CBS/TNT/truTV
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks — Fox
NFL Playoffs: AFC Wild Card & AFC Divisional Playoffs — NBC

Outstanding Sports Documentary

McConkey — Starz/Red Bull Media House
Payne — Golf Channel
SEC Storied: It’s Time — SEC Network/ESPN Films
We Could Be King — ESPNews/Tribeca Digital Studios

Outstanding Sports Documentary Series

24/7 — HBO
30 for 30 — ESPN/ESPN Films
A Football Life — NFL Network/NFL Films
All Access — Showtime
Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Atlanta Falcons — HBO/NFL Films
Undrafted — NFL Network

Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly

College GameDay: Football — ESPN
Football Night in America — NBC
Inside the NBA — TNT
Sunday NFL Countdown — ESPN

Outstanding Studio Show – Daily

Inside the NBA: Playoffs — TNT
MLB Tonight — MLB Network
NFL Live — ESPN2
Pardon the Interruption — ESPN/Rydholm Projects
SportsCenter — ESPN

Outstanding Sports News Anthology

E:60 — ESPN2
Outside the Lines — ESPN
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel — HBO
SC Featured — ESPN

Outstanding Sports Journalism

60 Minutes Sports: Phil Ivey — Showtime/CBS News
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Death at the Track — HBO
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Higher Education? — HBO
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Kids & Guns — HBO
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Sport in Qatar: The Price of Glory — HBO

Outstanding Short Feature

E:60: Loud and Proud — ESPN2
Fox Sports Live: Corked: The Albert Belle Bat Heist — FoxSports.com
Inside the NFL: The Final Stitch — Showtime/CBS Sports/NFL Films
Road to the Final Four: Buzz’s Bunch — CBS
Sunday NFL Countdown: Danny’s Day — ESPN
The NFL Today: Homes for Wounded Warriors: Jared Allen — CBS

Outstanding Long Feature

E:60: Catching Kayla — ESPN2
E:60: Owen and Haatchi — ESPN2
SportsCenter: SC Featured – Lauren Hill: One More Game — ESPN
SportsCenter: SC Featured – Pete’s Challenge — ESPN
The XXII Winter Olympic Games: Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story — NBC

Those are just some of the nominations. The list in full is at the Sports Emmy site. The Sports Emmy Awards will be handed out in New York on May 5, 2015.

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