Last night, the National Football League was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its remembrances of the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The league and its TV partners were recognized with The Chairman’s Award for “Excellence in Broadcasting and Outstanding Public Service.” It was the first sports league to be bestowed with the honor.
In addition, NFL Network and NFL Films received two Sports Emmy Awards, one to honor the great Ed Sabol, the founder of NFL Films and the other for NFL Network’s Sound FX program.
We have the press release for you from the National Football League.
NFL & TV PARTNERS HONORED BY NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES FOR SEPTEMBER 11 REMEMBRANCE AND SALUTE
COMMISSIONER GOODELL ACCEPTS PRESTIGIOUS “CHAIRMAN’S AWARD” FOR “EXCELLENCE IN BROADCASTING AND OUSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE” AT SPORTS EMMY CEREMONY
NFL MEDIA WINS TWO SPORTS EMMY AWARDS
Commissioner ROGER GOODELL accepted on behalf of the NFL and its television partners the “Chairman’s Award” presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at last night’s Sports Emmy ceremony in New York. The NFL is the first sports organization to win this prestigious award.
The league and its TV partners were honored for “working together to remember the heroes of September 11 and mark the 10th Anniversary of that day with dignity and honor.”
NFL Media also won a pair of Sports Emmy awards last night with NFL Network and NFL Films earning honors for Men of Mettle from Ed Sabol’s Last Football Movie (Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics), and Sound FX: All Access (Outstanding Post Produced Audio). NFL Films, the most-honored filmmaker in sports, increased its total to 107 Sports Emmys. NFL Network has won 10 Sports Emmys in its eight-year history.
The Chairman’s Award-winning September 11 remembrance featured special tributes originating from the three locations most affected by the terrorist attacks: Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, The Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and Ground Zero at the 9/11 Memorial in New York.
All games in each of the broadcast windows featured an NFL Films-produced introduction narrated by Academy Award-winner ROBERT DeNIRO and followed by performances of “Taps” by representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces from or near the sites of the attacks. The ceremonies were complimented by live shots of players and coaches from each of the 13 stadiums, followed by moments of silence and the playing of the National Anthem with American flags covering the entire field at each stadium.
The project was overseen and produced for the league by NFL vice president of production & operations Glenn Adamo. The theme for the presentation of “Taps” was developed by Scott Katz, who brought the concept to the league office and served as the lead director. NFL Films director of remote operations Dave Shaw led the operations and logistics for the project.
Previous recipients of the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals for “excellence in broadcasting and outstanding public service to the greater community,” include the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, CNN, and 60 Minutes.
That’s it. And one last Sports Emmy Award post is coming up and then we can move on.