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40th Annual Sports Emmy Nominations Announced

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Dick Vitale to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominees to be Honored During the May 20th Ceremony
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New York, NY – April 3rd, 2019 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 40th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.

“The multiplicity of opportunities for the enthusiast to become passionately involved with the teams and superstars of the sports universe boggles the mind,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS. “With this being the 40th anniversary of the Academy’s commitment to honoring the absolute best in sports coverage, we are anticipating a very exciting show celebrating these outstanding nominees.”

“We’ve never seen such high-quality nominees from such a diverse group of entrants,” said Steve Ulrich, Senior Vice President, Sports Emmy Awards and Events. “I’m especially looking forward to the presentation of the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award to Dick Vitale. He has truly changed the lexicon of college basketball coverage with his iconic lingo, topped off by his boundless energy. Laughter and tears are virtually guaranteed when he steps to the podium to accept.”

Nominations were announced in 41 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Sports Series and Playoff Coverage, three Documentary categories, Outstanding New Media, Outstanding Play-by-Play Announcer and Studio Host, among others.

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Carr, LLP.


About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational, and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime and Daytime Creative Arts programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering.

NATAS membership consists of more than 17,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including regional student television and its Student Award for Excellence and the National Student Production Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.


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