The National Academy Television Arts and Sciences released the Sports Emmy Award nominations today. Here’s the press release from the Academy on the announcement which also tells us this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year it went to John Madden. This year, it will go to his Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football partner, Al Michaels.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR THE 32ND ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS
Winners to be Honored During the May 2nd Ceremony At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Al Michaels to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
New York, NY – March 22, 2010 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.
More than 150 nominees from a record number of entries were announced in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on May 2nd, 2011 in New York City.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports will go to the Legendary Sports Broadcaster, Al Michaels.
“Do you believe in miracles?” “It’s amazing how his call of the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ resonates to this day,” said Steve Ulrich, Executive Director of the Sports Emmy Awards. “Al’s legacy in sports television goes far beyond that moment, having called some of the greatest games in the history of the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL.”
One of television’s most respected journalists, Michaels, the voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” since its inception in 2006, has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster, including 20 years as the play-by-play voice of “Monday Night Football.” He is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Final for network television. Among his many accolades, Michaels has captured six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-play (1986, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2007 and 2008) and has three times (1980, 1983 and 1986) received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; he was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998. Michaels was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association, and, in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.
Regarded as one of the best baseball announcers of all time, Michaels was ABC’s lead baseball play-by-play announcer during the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball. He has also earned praise as a journalist and became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series.
In addition to his iconic call of the 1980 Olympic hockey game in Lake Placid, Michaels called the figure skating and hockey at the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, and all track and field, in addition to road cycling, at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. He also covered hockey during the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games and last February served as the daytime host of NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Olympics.
In addition to Al Michaels, many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals will be in attendance as presenters at the event.