Sports Emmys to present Lifetime Achievement Award to James Brown, acclaimed sports broadcaster

CBS Sports Legend James Brown Receives Lifetime Achievement Honors at 45th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced that James Brown, a three-time Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement honors at the 45th Annual Sports Emmy Awards ceremony on May 21st. The ceremony will take place at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall in New York.

James Brown is widely regarded as a world-class talent who has had a profound impact on sports media. Throughout his career, he has set high standards for excellence and innovation in the industry. His work as a correspondent for CBS Sports’ shows like THE NFL TODAY and INSIDE THE NFL, his coverage of championship games and the Super Bowl, and his hosting of iconic sports studio shows have all been influential and highly regarded.

Adam Sharp, President of NATAS, praised James Brown’s career achievements with words of admiration: “James Brown is one of the most talented individuals to ever grace our screens. His work in sports media has inspired countless others and set a high standard for excellence.” Stephen Head, Head of Sports Emmy Awards, echoed this sentiment: “It is an honor to recognize James Brown’s legacy of excellence in sports programming.”

In response to being selected for the award, James Brown expressed his humility and gratitude: “I am deeply grateful for this recognition from NATAS. I am reminded that my success is not solely due to my own efforts but also to the many people I have worked with over the years.” He has received numerous awards throughout his impressive career, including the “2016 Pete Rozelle Award” from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the “Uncommon Award” from Tony Dungy. In 2010 he was named Best Studio Host of the Decade by Sports Illustrated and received the Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence in 1998. He was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2021.

Beyond his broadcasting career, James Brown holds a degree from Harvard University and is an ordained minister. He is actively involved in charitable organizations such as GENYOUth, The Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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