Charles Barkley Muppet, Amy K. Nelson, Matt Ufford

Honoring the Best in Sports Media.

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.

For more information on TURF, visit Facebook.com/TurfZone.

LIST OF USMAP NOMINEES AND WINNERS

RISING STAR IN MEDIA

JE Skeets/Tas Melas

Michelle Beadle

Josh Elliott

Bomani Jones

Jonah Keri

Greg Wyshynski (WINNER)

 

BEST SPORTS SITE – WRITING QUALITY

Deadspin

Every Day Should Be Saturday

Grantland

Run of Play

SI.com

Yahoo! Sports (WINNER)

 

BEST SPORTS SITE – NEWS BREAKING

The Big Lead

Deadspin

ESPN

Pro Football Talk

Sports By Brooks

SI.com

Yahoo! Sports (WINNER)

 

BEST TEAM OR REGIONAL SPORTS SITE

The 700 Level

Bleacher Nation

DC Sports Bog (WINNER)

The Jets Blog

MGoBlog

Sactown Royalty

Tomahawk Nation

 

BEST SPORTSWRITER

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!

Joe Posnanski Muppet (Middle) reads speech prepared by Joe Posnanski (not pictures) with CBSSports.com's Will Brinson and SI's Richard Deisch

 

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)

Roger Angell

Frank Deford

Peter Gammons (WINNER)

Dan Jenkins

William Nack

Bob Ryan

 

BEST PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER

Marv Albert

Ian Darke

Gus Johnson

Al Michaels

Dan Shulman

Vin Scully (WINNER)

 

BEST IN-GAME ANALYST

Jay Bilas

Cris Collinsworth (WINNER)

David Feherty

Walt Clyde Frazier

Bill Raftery

Jeff Van Gundy

 

STUDIO PERSONALITY

Michelle Beadle

Charles Barkley (WINNER)

Rich Eisen

Bob Costas

Ernie Johnson

Dan Patrick

JE Skeets

 

BEST PODCAST

The Basketball Jones  (WINNER)

The BS Report

Dan Patrick Show

House of Punte

Rich Eisen Podcast

The Solid Verbal

 

BEST SPORTS MEDIA TWEETER

Jay Bilas

Richard Deitsch (WINNER)

Spencer Hall

Old Hoss Radbourn

Darren Rovell (WINNER)

JE Skeets

Darren "Muppet" Rovell (l) with Darren "Ace" Rovell (r).

BEST ATHLETE OR EXECUTIVE TWEETER

Mark Cuban (WINNER)

Jim Irsay

Chris Kluwe

Logan Morrison

Steve Nash

Chad Ochocinco

 

BEST IN SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

Bloomberg Sports Fantasy Front Office

Cover It Live

ESPN3

MLB At Bat

Mocksession/30fps

NCAA MMOD

NFL RedZone (WINNER)