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HOW THE SPORTS EMMY ® AWARDS WORK

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a 501(c)6 non-profit 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® Award.

The Sports Emmy® honors outstanding achievement in sports programming by conferring annual awards of merit in various categories. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence.

In December 2020, a call for entries is sent to a wide cross section of the television sports community. Entries are solicited from broadcast and cable networks, “over the top” providers, syndicators and independent producers.

Entry limits per network, time buy producers or syndicators have been waived for all categories.

Individual crafts persons may submit in the craft categories.

The final deadline for entries in the Outstanding Short Sports Documentary, Outstanding Long Sports Documentary and Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary categories is the close of business (5:00 PM EST) on Friday, January 29, 2021. Entries in the Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage and Outstanding Edited Sports Special or Series categories must be started online no later than the close of business (5:00 PM EST) Friday, January 29, 2021.


The final deadline for all other entries is the close of business (5:00 PM EST) on Monday, February 15, 2021.

For the majority of categories, entries are screened in February and March in a single round of at-home ‘blue ribbon’ judging. Blue Ribbon panels are comprised of peer professionals who have a credited body of work at the national level.

Each judge casts a secret ballot. Judges’ votes are not shared with other judges or with members or NATAS staff. They are sent to an accounting firm for tabulation.

The nominees are announced in April, and posted on the NATAS website at www.TheEmmys.tv. This year's honorees will be announced at the Sports Emmy® Awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021.


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