MLB Network has earned eight Sports Emmy Award nominations, as announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. MLB Tonight, last year’s Sports Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Studio Show – Daily, was once again nominated in the category, in addition to Outstanding Technical Team Studio.
Bob Costas, winner of 22 Sports Emmy Awards, earned a nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host for his work with both MLB Network and NBC. Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds each earned a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst category, marking Reynolds’ second consecutive nomination in the category. Jim Kaat received a nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst. Both Leiter and Kaat were nominees in their respective categories for 2009.
All in One Place, a promotional campaign that is an extension of the MLB Network tagline, “Our National Pastime, All the Time,” received a nomination for Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional. The first spot, called All in One Place, featured some of the biggest names from baseball’s past and present inside MLB Network’s Studio 42. The second spot, called Timeline, starts in the early 1900’s and moves through to the present, intertwining memorable moments in the history of baseball with the history of the United States.
The DIAMOND Platform for media management received a nomination for the prestigious The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. A collaborative effort among MLB Network, MLB.com and Major League Baseball Productions, DIAMOND is utilized daily to research and produce broadcast quality programming for both MLB Network and MLB Productions, and to archive, search and retrieve video content for use by Major League Baseball. The Baseball Archives, managed by the DIAMOND Platform, contains over 300,000 hours of content, which is easily retrievable within minutes from the data tape robotic library.
“It is an honor to be recognized by our peers with eight Sports Emmy Award nominations,” said Tony Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO. “We appreciate the variety of recognition across our on-air talent, daily programming, technical operations and on-air promotion as we continue to cover the game of baseball every day, all year long.”
Since its launch in January 2009, MLB Network has received 28 Sports Emmy Award nominations and six Sports Emmy Awards. The 33rd annual Sports Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, April 30 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Below is a list of the MLB Network Sports Emmy Award Nominations:
Outstanding Studio Show – Daily: MLB Tonight
Outstanding Technical Team Studio: MLB Tonight
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host: Bob Costas (MLB Network/NBC)
Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst: Jim Kaat
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst: Al Leiter
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst: Harold Reynolds
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional: All in One Place
The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award: The DIAMOND Platform (MLB Network/MLB.com/MLB Productions)
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 68 million cable, telco TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.