The format for the 41st Sports Emmys changed to a virtual environment, but ESPN’s leadership position – in the form of an industry-best eight Emmys – is the same as it ever was.
“At a time when we have been reminded of the important place sports has in the lives of fans, we are thrilled to have our efforts honored with eight Sports Emmy Awards,” said ESPN Executive Vice President, Content, Connor Schell.
One representative example of the different type of awards show the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) put forth comes from some of the team who worked on E60’s “The Squad: 44 Years, 41 Allegations.” Below: Senior editor Mike Drago, reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada and coordinating producer Tim Hays react to their team’s Sports Emmys recognition. (Photo courtesy of Vice President, Investigative Journalism, Chris Buckle/ESPN)
A sampling of some of the praise shared by colleagues and fans from ESPN’s big night:
— Steve Lappas (@stlappas) August 12, 2020
The standard. The bench mark. Congrats @KirkHerbstreit 👏👏
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) August 12, 2020
No one better. Congrats to Herbie!!!
— Dawn Davenport (@DawnDavenportTN) August 12, 2020
— Sports Emmys (@sportsemmys) August 12, 2020
— Jose Morales (@JoseLMorales23) August 12, 2020
Congratulations to Spike, Luke and the entire group.
Proud to have been a teammate of theirs for a few years.
They serve the fan with attention to every detail and smart and unique creativity. Well earned! 🏈
— Joe Tessitore (@JoeTessESPN) August 12, 2020
So proud of our team at @E60 and the ESPN Investigative team for winning the Outstanding Sports Journalism Award tonight for a story called The Squad. These are hard to win. Special thanks to @GregAmante @markfwespn Mike Kessler & @MikeDrago @chris_buckle & everyone at @E60. https://t.co/OYHqIflc00
— Dwayne Bray (@DwayneBrayESPN) August 12, 2020
— Alison Overholt (@alisonoverholt) August 12, 2020
— JIM WOLF ☆ (@Jim_Wolf) August 12, 2020
— Dan Arruda (@ArrudaESPN) August 12, 2020
To @RussDinallo, @JenLada, and the entire @E60 team – thank you for so mindfully telling the world about Tyler, sharing our story, and letting people know that #MentalHealthMatters. Ty, this one is for you.
— Hilinski’s Hope (@HilinskisHope) August 12, 2020