ESPN Outdoors Takes Emmy for Great Outdoor Games

Back to back! For the second year in a row ESPN Outdoors has won the Emmy for its achievement in Live Audio for coverage of The ESPN Great Outdoor Games.

"The Great Outdoor Games generated record viewership and attendance in 2004,” added Tina Thornton, Coordinating Producer of the Great Outdoor Games. “This latest accolade is a tremendous credit to the collective efforts of the hundreds of staff members whose creativity and commitment drive this event's success."

The ESPN Great Outdoor Games feature top outdoor athletes from around the world and are the ultimate championship of outdoor sports, featuring one-of-a-kind, head-to-head competition in timber and target events, sporting dogs and ATV skills competitions. While entertaining large crowds on site, the ESPN Great Outdoor Games also draw a worldwide television audience on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports.

This year’s Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge will be held in Central Florida at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, July 7-10, 2005 and broadcast July 13-17, 2005 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports.

Since its inception in 2001, ESPN Outdoors has strived to inform and entertain anglers, hunters, campers and people of all ages who enjoy the outdoors. ESPN Outdoors is committed to increasing awareness of outdoor activities, a direction best exemplified by daily television programming totaling nearly 1,000 hours annually on ESPN and ESPN2.

Each year, ESPN Outdoors stages more than 30 marquee events including the CITGO Bassmaster Classic and the ESPN Great Outdoor Games. ESPN Outdoors comprises BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing that sanctions more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation. ESPN Outdoors also features Bassmaster.com, ESPNOutdoors.com, a weekly outdoors show on ESPN Radio as well as a growing array of promotions and activities that deliver a clear message of conservation and ethical sportsmanship.

For more information, contact Kim Jessup, ESPN Communications at (407) 566-2175.