Emmys were awarded to several TV productions yesterday, but instead of presentations by lightweight starlets Eva Longoria or Ali Larter, attendees got an eyeful of heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko.
The Emmys handed out by sports personalities, such as Klitschko, last night weren't for standard television fare but rather for sports broadcasts. The 28th Annual Sports Emmy Awards were held last night in New York City's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at the Lincoln Center.
NBC was the top winner of the evening, bringing home nine awards, including three for its coverage of The XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino. The chilly global games didn't win the main category it was nominated in--Outstanding Live Event Turnaround--however, as NASCAR Images' Beyond the Wheel edged it out.
ABC, TNT, and ESPN all finished in second with four awards apiece, followed by HBO and FOX with three each.
ESPN was nominated 26 times but only took home one of the big prizes. The all-sports network grabbed Outstanding Studio Show - Weekly for Sunday NFL Countdown, but lost Outstanding Studio Show - Daily even though it had three of the five nominations (Baseball Tonight, Outside the Lines, and Pardon the Interruption).
Other winners included Fox's MLB on FOX: Post Season for Outstanding Live Sports Special, TNT and NBC's NASCAR on TNT & NBC for Outstanding Live Sports Series, TNT's Ernie Johnson for Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host, Al Michaels for play-by-play, and a pair for Cris Collinsworth for both studio analyst and sports event analyst.
For a complete list of the event's winners, head over to the Sports Emmy Awards Web site.