(Edited press release)
ESPN horse racing analyst Jerry Bailey and NBC each received nominations for the 28th annual Sports Emmy Awards, it was announced March 21.
Bailey was one of five nominated in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst. Others nominated in this category are Cris Collinsworth for his analyst work on the NFL Network; Darrell Waltrip, who is a NASCAR analyst for FOX; golf analyst Johnny Miller of NBC; and baseball’s Tim McCarver of FOX.
NBC’s 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) telecast was one of five nominees in the category of Outstanding Live Sports Special. Others nominated in this category are ABC for the 2006 FIFA World Cup; FOX for MLB on FOX’s postseason coverage; CBS for the Pittsburgh-Indianapolis NFL Divisional Playoff telecast; and CBS again for its coverage of the 2006 Masters.
“I’m flattered to be nominated,” said Bailey, a Hall of Fame jockey who began his broadcasting career with ESPN last year after retiring from a 31-year riding career. “It’s a tribute to the people I work with, particularly Randy Moss, Chris Fowler, Terry Gannon, and the different producers who taught me a lot and made me feel very comfortable. A lot of credit also goes to my wife Suzee. Her background is in TV and she helped me, not just on the journalistic side, but with every piece that I did. I had a great coach."
NBC’s telecast of last year’s Preakness, in which Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro was injured shortly after the start, was produced by Sam Flood and among the on-air talent was Gary Stevens, another Hall of Fame jockey who began his first full year as a network sports analyst in 2006. Other members of the NBC on-air team for the Preakness were Bob Costas, Tom Hammond, Mike Battaglia, Tom Durkin, Bob Neumeier, Kenny Rice, and Donna Brothers.
Winners of the 28th annual Sports Emmy Awards will be announced April 30 in New York at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.