Louisiana Champions Day Telecast Wins Eclipse Award

The telecast of the 2001 Louisiana Champions Day has won the Eclipse Award for local television, it was announced today. The show was shown on Fox Sports Net Southwest.

The production team for the broadcast included Craig Wilkie, Ed Pappas, Matt Celli, Ty Ezell, and five-time Emmy award-winning director Michael Sheehan.

"I'm pleased that the group that has produced this show for the last 11 years has been recognized with this award," said Bryan Krantz, president and general manager of Fair Grounds. "We're especially grateful because this project is a labor of love for everyone involved with it."

The winners will receive the award at the Eclipse Awards dinner, to be held Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Judges for the Local Television category include Dan Guido, a videographer and electronic photo journalist whose credits include ESPN's "SportsCenter" and Major League Baseball's "This Week in Baseball"; Robert Fishman, a multiple Emmy Award-winning director for CBS Sports; and Rob Duboff, marketing consultant and executive-in-residence at Boston College.

"The overall production, which included the talent, the race coverage, the photography and the features within the telecast, were of network quality," said Guido. "I would put it in a category with a Breeders' Cup telecast."