MLB Network, headed by member of President’s Advisory Council, wins 2 Emmys

May 09, 2011

MLB Network President and CEO Tony Petitti at DelVal's 2009 Commencement


The MLB Network, under the leadership of Tony Petitti, who serves on the President's Advisory Council, has received two Sports Emmy Awards.

Given May 3 by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Emmys went to “MLB Tonight”, which is Major League Baseball’s signature nightly studio show, and to Bob Costas, host of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas and play-by-play voice for Thursday Night Baseball.

“MLB Tonight” won as Outstanding Studio Show, Daily.

For the veteran Costas, it was his 22nd Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality- Studio Host. He received that for his work with both MLB Network and NBC Sports.

Petitti, MLB Network President and CEO, said “MLB Tonight” has been the core of MLB Network since it came on the air in January 2009.

“It represents our goal to bring fans the most comprehensive baseball coverage every day, and we are honored to be recognized by our peers in the industry with this award,” he said, adding.  “I’d also like to congratulate our colleague Bob Costas, who we are proud to have as part of MLB Network, on his recognition for his work as studio host, which has set the standard in the sports TV industry.”

Petitti is a member of DelVal’s President’s Advisory Council, a group that confers with Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan on affairs of the College. In 2009, he was  the College’s commencement speaker and received an honorary doctorate.

The 32nd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, recognize outstanding achievement by individuals and programs broadcast throughout the 2010 calendar year.

MLB Network features live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from experts such as Costas, Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter and Peter Gammons. MLB Network is distributed to approximately 57 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

In his 2009 commencement address, Petitti told DelVal graduates it is difficult to determine where a career will take you. Although he went to Harvard Law School, he worked in law only five years and then went to ABC Sport to do a job he didn’t know existed when he was in college.