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 2022, the call for entries is published. Entries are solicited from broadcast and cable networks, platforms, syndicators and independent producers. Entry limits per network, platforms 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 Documentary, Outstanding Long Documentary, Outstanding Documentary Series and Outstanding Documentary Series - Serialized is the close of business (6:00 PM EST) on Monday, January 30th, 2023. Entries in the Outstanding Edited Event Coverage, Outstanding Edited Special and Outstanding Hosted Edited Series categories must be completed according to this earlier deadline as well, but entrants are permitted to finalize the submission by adding credits and completing payment at the final deadline. The final entry deadline for all other categories is the close of business (6:00 PM EST) Thursday, February 16, 2023.
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 in May 22, 2023.