ESPN Networks Win Five Sports Emmys

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN proved once again Tuesday night why it is “The Sports Leader.”  The ESPN family of networks took home five Sports Emmy Awards Tuesday night at the 34th annual Sports Emmy Awards.  The annual awards program is put on by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Among its awards were top honors for journalism, technical and creative excellence and marketing.

ESPN2’s E:60 took home the award for Journalism for its feature, “Beitar Jerusalem.”  The feature focused on the Beitar Jerusalem Soccer team and its infamous fan base.  Audiences saw firsthand the behavior of the team’s overly devoted fans and its sometimes overtly racist tendencies.  ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap and a filming crew went to Israel to film the feature.  The award for this feature was the fifth Sports Emmy in four years for E:60.

ESPN’s Outside The Lines brought home Sports Emmy for its feature, “Breaking The Silence.”  This feature focuses on the story of Monika Korra. Korra, a native of Norway, was a member of SMU’s cross country team.  While a member of the team, she was raped by three men.  But through her personal strength, she went on to help find the men and convict her assailants.  She now speaks publicly about such acts of violence.  “Breaking The Silence” won the Sports Emmy for Short Format Camerawork.  It Outside The Lines host Bob Ley worked with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi for the feature.  The award is the fifteenth Sports Emmy for the show.

Full features weren’t the only things for which ESPN received awards.  It also brought home a Sports Emmy for its “It’s not crazy, it’s sports” promotional campaign.  The campaign brought home the award for Best Promo-Institutional.  One of the more memorable spots in the campaign told the story of a man named Michael Jordan who lived in Chicago.  The man in question was not the famed basketball legend.  Audiences can check out the promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxBBN3ZnYeU

ESPN’s recent upstart network, ESPN 3D brought home its own award yesterday.  It defended its 2012 award in the Technical Team Remote category, winning this year for its coverage of the Winter X Games.  ESPN 3D is the only all-sports 3D network on television today.

In the category of New Approaches – Short Form, ESPN’s Sports Science won its third Sports Emmy in as many years.

Yesterday’s wins bring the total number of Sports Emmys for the ESPN family of networks to one hundred and fifty three in its twenty-six years of eligibility. 

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ESPN Releases 2013 MLS Broadcast Schedule, Details

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Courtesy: ESPN

Major League Soccer and ESPN are set to “kick” off their 18th season together.  The league’s 18th season on the ESPN family of networks is set to begin Sunday, March 3rd.  The new season’s premiere matchup pits the Portland Timbers against the New York Red Bulls from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.  It will air live on ESPN2, ESPN 3D, and ESPN Deportes at 7:30pm EST.  The inter-conference competition will be the first of 20 regular season matches to be broadcast.  18 of those matches will be Sunday games, making it MLS’ most consistent broadcasting schedule on ESPN.  All 19 regular season matches will be broadcast in HD.  Twelve of those matches will air on ESPN2.  Seven will run on ESPN.  One extra match that is currently TBD will also run on ESPN2. 

 All matches broadcast on the ESPN family of networks will also be simulcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio.  Eight of the season’s matches will be broadcast on ESPN 3D, the world’s very first 24/7 all-sports 3D network.  Seven of those eight will be broadcast live.  It marks the first time that MLS soccer matches will be shown in 3D.  All regular season matches will also be available to fans online courtesy of WatchESPN.

Adrian Healey will offer play-by-play commentary.  Healey will be joined by analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas in studio.  Reporter Monica Gonzales will handle English-language commentaries.  Richard Mendez and former New York/New Jersey (New York Red Bulls) striker Giovanni Savarese both return to call the matches in Spanish for ESPN Deportes.  Kenneth Garay, Elmer Polanco, and Diego Cora will be in the booth for ESPN Deportes Radio. 

MLS fans have a lot to look forward to this season.  Along with expanded coverage on television and online, ESPN will broadcast the only regular-season meeting of the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy.  That matchup is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th.  It will broadcast live from the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  It’s just one of many big matches expected for this season.  To get a full schedule of games, just go online to http://espnfc.com/fixtures/_/league/usa.1/major-league-soccer?cc=5901.

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