Tuesday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), announced the winners of the 38th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards at a special ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
Turner Sports was well-represented as the trophies were being handed out, with Charles Barkley, Bill Rafferty and Craig Sager named Outstanding Sports Personality as Studio Analyist, Sports Event Analyst and Sports Reporter, respectively.
HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel was recognized with Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Journalism—for the 18th time—for its acclaimed 2016 exposé on the International Olympic Committee, which aired just days before the start of the Summer Games in Rio last July.
Titled “The Lords of the Rings,” the 80-minute piece featured an expansive global investigation of the International Olympic Committee, highlighted by an examination of the controversy surrounding the Rio Games as well as the enormous impact the Games have had on host cities in the past decade. Four correspondents traveled to nine countries to chronicle the largely unchecked power and influence wielded by the IOC.
The win marks the third significant journalism honor this year for Real Sports' comprehensive IOC coverage. Last month, Real Sports was named a winner of a 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for its reporting on the IOC and in March was named a recipient of the inaugural “Peter Jennings Award” from the Overseas Press Club, which honors the best TV, video or documentary on the topic of international affairs.
Real Sports also took home the Emmy for Outstanding Sports News Anthology, and HBO racked up wins for Outstanding Short Sports Documentary (State of Play); Outstanding Camera Work (Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams); and the Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award for HBO Boxing's Muhammad Ali: Only One.