Gumbel to receive Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Sports broadcasting icon Bryant Gumbel has been named the recipient of the Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to sports television broadcasting over the course of their career.

Gumbel began his career in sports broadcasting in 1975 and has since become one of the most recognizable faces in the industry. He is most well known for his time as the host of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which he began in 1995 and hosted until 2019. He also previously hosted NBC's “Today,” CBS' “The Early Show” and HBO's “On the Record with Bob Costas.”

In addition to his career in broadcasting, Gumbel has also been involved in civil rights and social justice causes, advocating for racial equality and other important issues.

The Sports Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Gumbel at the 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony on May 7.

“Bryant Gumbel is one of the most influential broadcasters in the history of sports television,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “He has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence in every project he has taken on, from anchoring to hosting to producing. He is a true pioneer who has opened the door for others to follow and we are proud to honor him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Gumbel has won several other awards throughout his career, including four Sports Emmy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Peabody Award.

The 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards Ceremony will take place on May 7 in New York City.