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Big night for baseball at Sports Emmys

MLB Tonight, The Franchise and the World Series all recognized as MLB Network, MLB Productions and FOX Sports take home eight emmys for baseball coverage

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences last night recognized a wide range of baseball coverage at the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, as MLB Network, MLB Productions and FOX Sports took home a combined eight awards for their work in 2011.

MLB Network won three awards, with MLB Tonight, MLB Network's signature nightly studio show, winning its second consecutive award for Outstanding Studio Show - Daily, as well as the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Team Studio for the second time. Bob Costas won his 23rd Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality - Studio Host for his work with both MLB Network and NBC. Since its launch in January 2009, MLB Network has received 28 Sports Emmy Award nominations and nine Sports Emmy Awards.

Major League Baseball Productions earned the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Edited Sports Series /Anthology for The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants on Showtime. MLB Productions has now earned 88 national and local Sports Emmy nominations and won 24 Sports Emmy Awards since 2000. Season two of The Franchise, featuring the Miami Marlins, will premiere in July on Showtime.

FOX Sports won four Sports Emmys for its baseball coverage, including Outstanding Live Sports Special for the thrilling seven-game 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. In addition, MLB on FOX won two awards for FOX Saturday Baseball, including Outstanding Technical Team Remote and Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound, while Joe Buck won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Play-by-Play Personality, his seventh career Sports Emmy Award.