NEW YORK – More than 15 of the best and brightest in sports media were honored at the First Annual Untitled Sports Media Awards Project this Saturday, part of BWB4. Presented by TURF (Tailgaters Urging Responsibility and Fun), USMAP is the first awards project to honor every facet of the always-changing sports media landscape – including TV and radio personalities, mainstream and online writers, podcasters and event tweeters.
Headlining the list of winners were some huge icons in our industry and some up-and-coming names we will certainly be hearing more from in the future. The winners included: Joe Posnanski (Sports Illustrated), Spencer Hall (SB Nation), Greg Wyshynski (Yahoo!), JE Skeets and Tas Melas (The Basketball Jones), Charles Barkley (TNT), Vin Scully, Cris Collinsworth (NBC), Peter Gammons (MLBN), Mark Cuban, Richard Deitsch (Sports Illustrated), Darren Rovell (CNBC), Matt Yoder (Awful Announcing) NFL RedZone and websites like Yahoo! Sports and the DC Sports Bog.
Thousands of nominations were collected in the 15 categories across sports media. A select nomination committee of sports media writers and bloggers parsed through the hundreds of unique nominations in each category to compile a list of finalists for each award.
Then the public helped decide who was the best.
The awards were based on tens of thousands of public votes, as well as rankings from a committee of close to 100 invited media insiders. Those scores were combined to determine the winners for each unique category.
Each winner received a special “trophy” presented by BWB4 (including founders Don Povia, Kyle Bunch and Chris Lucas) and the presenting sponsor TURF. This year’s USMAP “trophy” came in the form of a customized Muppet, personally designed to look like each winner by Dan Levy and his four-year old daughter Zoe and hand-built at FAO Schwarz in New York. Coincidentally, the event was held on the 75th anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday.
For more information on BWB4 and the Untitled Sports Media Awards Project, visit blogswithballs.com or follow the Twitter hashtags #BwB4 or #USMAP.
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LIST OF USMAP NOMINEES AND WINNERS
RISING STAR IN MEDIA
JE Skeets/Tas Melas
Greg Wyshynski (WINNER)
BEST SPORTS SITE – WRITING QUALITY
Every Day Should Be Saturday
Run of Play
Yahoo! Sports (WINNER)
BEST SPORTS SITE – NEWS BREAKING
The Big Lead
Pro Football Talk
Sports By Brooks
Yahoo! Sports (WINNER)
BEST TEAM OR REGIONAL SPORTS SITE
The 700 Level
DC Sports Bog (WINNER)
The Jets Blog
Tommy Craggs, Deadspin
Spencer Hall, EDSBS & SB Nation
Drew Magary, KSK & Deadspin
Joe Posnanski, Sports Illustrated (WINNER)
Bethlethem Shoals, The Classical & B/R
Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo!
BEST SPORTSWRITER – HUMOR
AJ Daulerio, Deadspin
DJ Gallo, The Sports Pickle
Spencer Hall, EDSBS & SB Nation (WINNER)
Trey Kerby, The Basketball Jones
Drew Magary, KSK & Deaspin
Matt Sebek, Joe Sports Fan
BEST YOUNG SPORTSWRITER (25/UNDER)
Andrew Bucholtz, Yahoo! Canada
Andy Hutchins, SB Nation
Rob Mahoney, ESPN TrueHoop, New York Times, NBC, SI and More
Sebastian Pruiti, NBA Playbook
Josiah Schlatter, NBC Off the Bench
Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing (WINNER)
BEST OLD SPORTSWRITER (65/OVER)
Peter Gammons (WINNER)
BEST PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER
Vin Scully (WINNER)
BEST IN-GAME ANALYST
Cris Collinsworth (WINNER)
Walt Clyde Frazier
Jeff Van Gundy
Charles Barkley (WINNER)
The Basketball Jones (WINNER)
The BS Report
Dan Patrick Show
House of Punte
Rich Eisen Podcast
The Solid Verbal
BEST SPORTS MEDIA TWEETER
Richard Deitsch (WINNER)
Old Hoss Radbourn
Darren Rovell (WINNER)
BEST ATHLETE OR EXECUTIVE TWEETER
Mark Cuban (WINNER)
BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
Bloomberg Sports Fantasy Front Office
Cover It Live
MLB At Bat
NFL RedZone (WINNER)