Friday, April 3, 2009 (Tampa, FL) -- The Ford Ironman World Championship that aired Saturday, December 13, 2008, was among the nominees announced yesterday for the 30th Annual Sports Emmy(R) Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize nominees in 32 categories. Ironman Productions, now with more than 50 nominations and 15 wins, was recognized in the category of "Outstanding Edited Sports Special."
Other nominated properties in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Special include: 2008 Beijing Paralympics (NBC), Calzaghe--Jones 24/7 (HBO), The Greatest Game Ever Played (ESPN) and Varsity Rivals (CBS/Intersport/NFL Films).
Winners will be announced at the 30th Annual Sports Emmy(R) Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2009. The ceremony will take place at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
In addition to the leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals who will be in attendance, Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ebersol is the winner of 24 Sports Emmy(R) Awards and has received the NATAS Trustees Award.
The 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship will re-air on NBC on Sunday, July 26, 2009, from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EST. The broadcast of this year's Ford Ironman World Championship will air on NBC on December 19, 2009.
For a full list of nominees, visit www.EmmyOnline.org. To learn more about Ironman, log on to Ironman.com.
World Triathlon Corporation, owners and organizers of Ironman, Ironman 70.3, Iron Girl and IronKids, with headquarters in Tampa, FL, is recognized for athletic excellence, performance and quality products. With the addition of the Ironman 70.3 Series, Ironman now has more than 50 qualifying events worldwide. Supported by partners that include Ford Motor Company, PowerBar, Timex and Gatorade, Ironman is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world. Ironman has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception in 1978 and is regarded as the world's most challenging endurance event. Millions may remember moments in Ironman history such as Julie Moss' crawl to the finish line in 1982, which was showcased on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Each year, more than 100,000 athletes compete for slots to the Ford Ironman World Championship held every October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 held every November in Clearwater, FL. The Ironman brand has been featured in a range of media outlets to include NBC, CNN Headline News, People, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, The New York Times and USA Today.