Sports documentary producer Ross Greenburg has won an incredible 54 Sports Emmy Awards over a more than three-decade career with documentaries spanning a wide range of sports. Some highlights from Greenburg’s impressive Sports Emmy collection:
Outstanding Edited Sports Special — HBO’s De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 (2008): In an effort to promote HBO’s 2007 fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Greenburg and HBO created a series that profiled the fighters as they prepared for the big pay-per-view event. It was the prototype for a 24/7 franchise that has showcased numerous big fights as well as other major events, such as the NHL’s Winter Classic. The franchise also garnered Greenburg multiple Emmy Awards over the years.
Outstanding Sports Documentary — HBO’s Breaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2009): Showcasing Greenburg’s willingness to tackle weighty issues, the documentary special deftly combined the aura and prestige of college football with the iconic movement to integrate Southern sports teams to produce a well-received documentary that both chronicled the heyday of football programs at historically black colleges and universities, and explored the effect of the Civil Rights movement on college football.
Outstanding Sports Documentary — HBO’s Do You Believe In Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team (2002): Greenburg’s chronicling of one of the greatest moments in U.S. Olympics sports history generated great acclaim and provided the impetus for his first theatrical film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell.
Outstanding Edited Sports Coverage — Showtime’s All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue (2014): Greenburg took his experiences in developing 24/7 to Showtime to create a similar series that look at both the buildup and aftermath of bigtime PPV boxing matches. The Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez PPV mega-fight was the first of what is currently three straight Emmy wins for the series.
Outstanding Sports Documentary — HBO’s Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (2008): A professed baseball fan, Greenburg’s chronicling of the preeminent decade in the history of baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers from Jackie Robinson’s racial barrier-breaking debut to the move of the team to Los Angeles actually won two awards (the second was for music composition/ direction/lyrics) and further cemented Greenburg’s success in telling stories across multiple sports.