Doug Collins: Sports Broadcasting's Unsung Hero

Mark HauserCorrespondent IIFebruary 18, 2009

Doug Collins was a good coach (.536 winning percentage), was a very good NBA player (a four-time all-star), but is a great pro basketball color commentator (Sports Event Analyst for Emmy purposes). However, I think I am the only who has noticed. 

Surprisingly, Collins has never won a Sports Emmy (although he has been nominated four times). In my opinion, it has more to do with the fact that he covers the NBA than whether or not he deserves to have won the award.

Apparently, looking at the list of winners of the Sports Emmys, you have to announce/cover football or MLB to win. Since 1980, there have been 24 (some years there were no awards) winners of a Sports Event Analyst, with pro football commentators winning 17 times (John Madden winning 16 times, Cris Collinsworth winning once), MLB announcers winning five times (Tm McCarver-three, Joe Morgan-two), Skating once (Dick Button), and college basketball once (Billy Packer).  That's right, pro basketball (and pro hockey) zero.

In the play-by-play category, there have been 15 winners (first award was 1993), and it has been totally dominated again by football (eight: Al Michaels-four; Keith Jackson-three; Dick Enberg-one) and MLB (seven: Joe Buck-six; Bob Costas-one). That's right, pro basketball, college basketball, and pro hockey have zero.

For studio analysts, there have been 12 winners (pro football: 11: Cris Collinsworth-eight; Terry Bradshaw-two; Howie Long-one: MLB: one (Steve Lyons)). That's right, pro basketball, college basketball, and pro hockey have zero. 

That's right, there have been 51 winners in three major categories and pro basketball (and pro hockey) has zero winners. College basketball has one (Packer).

While pro football by far has the highest ratings, pro basketball and college basketball both have higher ratings than baseball during the regular season. Hence, all of this seems very unfair to the basketball announcers, and Doug Collins, in particular (Marv Albert does excellent play-by-play of pro basketball). Collins seems like a class act and he is the best color commentator I have ever heard (including Madden).