ESPN Deportes was recognized last night at the Sports Emmys, presented for the 36th year by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The network claimed its first win in the Best On-Air Personality Spanish-language category with the honor going to baseball play-by-play veteran Ernesto Jerez.
Known for his legendary home run call, “¡No… nono, nono, no…! ¡Dígale que no a esa pelota!”, Jerez has been the signature Spanish-language voice of baseball for the past 20 years, becoming an icon for many Hispanic fans that follow the sport.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues at ESPN who, through the years, have been by my side during this wonderful career, especially Luis Alfredo Alvarez,” said Jerez. “Thank you for all the trust you put in me, providing me with the opportunity to contribute to ESPN’s mission of serving fans across the world.”
ESPN Deportes had four nominations this year in Spanish-language categories, including two for Studio Show (SportsCenter and Fuera de Juego) and two On-Air Personality (Jerez and Jose Ramon Fernandez).
Jerez received the award last night among other ESPN colleagues, who also enjoyed the recognition of several network programs by the Academy. ESPN claimed a total of 11 Sports Emmy – tying its highest total ever. ESPN’s former president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Longtime SportsCenter anchor and studio host Stuart Scott was honored posthumously and cancer survivor Shelley Smith took the stage – and a standing ovation – fresh off her return to reporting duties. Link to press release with full list of ESPN wins last night.
ESPN has now won 171 Sports Emmy Awards in 28 years of eligibility. This is ESPN Deportes’ third Sports Emmy win in just two years of eligibility. In 2014, the network claimed two awards for Studio Show in Spanish-language category, including SportsCenter and Nacion ESPN.