National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association

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The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, or NSSA, is an organization of sports media members in the United States. It constitutes the American chapter of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS).

The purpose of this organization is to recognize the sportscasters and sportswriters of the United States[1] for their leadership, devotion, contributions in developing integrity of character, sportsmanship, and physical fitness among both the youth and the adults of this and other nations. Salisbury, North Carolina, serves as the headquarters for NSSA, which is responsible for the organizing and counting of all the ballots for the National, 50 States plus D.C., and the Hall of Fame winners. There are now more than 80 inductees in the Hall of Fame.[2] The organization plans and funds the Annual Awards Program, and it will ultimately fund the NSSA Hall of Fame.

History[edit]

See footnote[3]

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) was formed in 1959 by a local restaurant owner, Pete DiMizio, to honor regional sportscasters and sportswriters whom he had met at the Greensboro Open Golf Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. When DiMizio died, Dr. Ed McKenzie took over the leadership role and guided it through the expansion to a national association. Its first Annual Awards Program was held in Salisbury, North Carolina, on April 12, 1960. Lindsey Nelson was selected the 1959 National Sportscaster of the Year and Red Smith was voted the 1959 Sportswriter of the Year.[4] In 1962 Grantland Rice was selected as the first Hall of Fame member. As Red Smith inducted Rice into the Hall of Fame, he said, "Who knows what will become of this Hall of Fame? It might never be heard from again. No matter, it cannot be improved, for it is perfect tonight with only Granny enshrined."

In April 1990, the NSSA celebrated its 31st Annual Awards Program, with Chris Berman of ESPN being selected as Sportscaster of the Year and Peter Gammons receiving the honor as Sportswriter of the Year. The Hall of Fame inductees were Dave Anderson, Pulitzer Prize winner from The New York Times, and Jack Buck, the long-time radio voice of the St. Louis Cardinals and a radio and television sportscaster for CBS.

Though located in Salisbury, "the NSSA office itself has bounced around town like a ping-pong ball."[5] The Hall of Fame opened officially on May 1, 2000 in the two-story, 10,000-square-foot former North Carolina Federal Savings and Loan building at 322 East Innes Street in Salisbury. When Claude Hampton became NSSA director, he was told the Hall of Fame was nothing more than a desk drawer with folders in the Chamber of Commerce building. He wanted an actual building and considered Catawba College as a location, but when he saw the branch of the failed bank in 1990, he made an offer which was accepted. The goal was to open the museum by 1992. A 23-foot sculpture of two eagles was moved from the bank to Charlotte Motor Speedway, but people wanted the eagles back, so they were returned and local people donated their services to put the eagles back and get the building ready. An opening reception and dedication took place in 1991. But due to lack of funding, it took ten years for the building to actually open. Until then, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of memorabilia were stored in boxes. With the Hall of Fame open, visitors could hear Babe Ruth's called shot, Hank Aaron's 715th home run, the Ice Bowl, the 1992 Duke-Kentucky game, and young Tiger Woods on The Mike Douglas Show.[6][7][8] On November 1, 2005, Community Bank of Rowan (now part of VantageSouth) purchased the Innes Street location, opening its headquarters there in 2006. This required the NSSA to move to a temporary location on North Main Street in Salisbury, but visitors would not be allowed.[7][9][10] Veteran sports journalist Dave Goren, best known as sports director at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, became NSSA executive director September 1, 2009. On December 1 of that year, the NSSA held a reception at its new office in 1,900 square feet at 325 Lee Street in Salisbury. The warehouse only included a few items such as shoes autographed by Ralph Sampson and a football signed by Berman; the rest remained in storage.[5] The NSSA has since moved to Summit Avenue in Salisbury.[11]

At the 54th annual program in June 2013, Dan Patrick of ESPN Radio received the award as Sportscaster of the Year with Peter King of Sports Illustrated honored as Sportswriter of the Year. The Hall of Fame inductees were Mitch Albom and Dick Vitale.

Organization[edit]

The NSSA is the only national organization which brings together the two crafts of sportscasting and sportswriting. There are approximately 1,000 dues-paying members. The Sportscasters and Sportswriters Foundation Board is made up of individuals in Salisbury, North Carolina, as well as the current national board president, who feel that sports in the United States are important. The Sportscasters and Sportswriters themselves have a Board of Directors. In addition, The Hall of Fame, Inc. has been set up as the educational arm of the NSSA, and it has tax-exempt status granted by the Internal Revenue Service.

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award[edit]

The Paul "Bear" Bryant Award is an award that has been given annually since 1986 to NCAA college football's national coach of the year. The Award was named in honor of longtime Alabama coach Bear Bryant after he died of a heart attack in 1983. It is voted on by NSSA,[12] and proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the American Heart Association. The College Football Coach of the Year Award began in 1957 and was renamed for Bryant in 1986. Bryant himself won the earlier award in 1961, 1971 and 1973. According to the official website:

The Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coaching Award ceremony is an exclusive event that honors a college football coach whose great accomplishments, both on and off the field, are legendary. The award recognizes the masters of coaching and allows them to take their deserved place in history beside other legends like Bear Bryant.

National Sportscaster of the Year[edit]

For list of winners, see footnote[4]
  • 1. 1959 – Lindsey Nelson (NBC) (first year of the award)
  • 2. 1960 – Lindsey Nelson (NBC)
  • 3. 1961 – Lindsey Nelson (NBC)
  • 4. 1962 – Lindsey Nelson (NBC)
  • 5. 1963 – Chris Schenkel (CBS)
  • 6. 1964 – Chris Schenkel (CBS)
  • 7. 1965 – Vin Scully (L. A. Dodgers)
  • 8. 1966 – Curt Gowdy (NBC)
  • 9. 1967 – Chris Schenkel (CBS)
  • 10. 1968 – Ray Scott (CBS)
  • 11. 1969 – Curt Gowdy (NBC)
  • 12. 1970 – Chris Schenkel (CBS)
  • 13. 1971 – Ray Scott (CBS)
  • 14. 1972 – Keith Jackson (ABC)
  • 15. 1973 – Keith Jackson (ABC)
  • 16. 1974 – Keith Jackson (ABC)
  • 17. 1975 – Keith Jackson (ABC)
  • 18. 1976 – Keith Jackson (ABC)
  • 19. 1977 – Pat Summerall (CBS)
  • 20. 1978 – Vin Scully (L.A. Dodgers, CBS)
  • 21. 1979 – Dick Enberg (NBC)
  • 22. 1980 – Dick Enberg (NBC) and Al Michaels (ABC)
  • 23. 1981 – Dick Enberg (NBC)
  • 24. 1982 – Vin Scully (L.A. Dodgers, CBS)
  • 25. 1983 – Al Michaels (ABC)
  • 26. 1984 – John Madden (CBS)
  • 27. 1985 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 28. 1986 – Al Michaels (ABC)
  • 29. 1987 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 30. 1988 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 31. 1989 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 32. 1990 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 33. 1991 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 34. 1992 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 35. 1993 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 36. 1994 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 37. 1995 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 38. 1996 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 39. 1997 – Bob Costas (NBC)
  • 40. 1998 – Jim Nantz (CBS Sports)
  • 41. 1999 – Dan Patrick (ESPN)
  • 42. 2000 – Bob Costas (NBC Sports / HBO)
  • 43. 2001 – Chris Berman (ESPN)
  • 44. 2002 – Joe Buck (Fox Sports)
  • 45. 2003 – Joe Buck (Fox Sports)
  • 46. 2004 – Joe Buck (Fox Sports)
  • 47. 2005 – Jim Nantz (CBS Sports)
  • 48. 2006 – Joe Buck (Fox Sports)
  • 49. 2007 – Jim Nantz (CBS Sports)
  • 50. 2008 – Jim Nantz (CBS Sports)
  • 51. 2009 – Jim Nantz (CBS Sports)
  • 52. 2010 – Mike Tirico (ABC and ESPN)[13]
  • 53. 2011 - Dan Shulman (ESPN)
  • 54. 2012 - Dan Patrick (NBC)
  • 55. 2013 - Mike Emrick (NBC)

National Sportswriter of the Year[edit]

For list of winners, see footnote[4]

Jim Murray, writing for the Los Angeles Times, won the National Sportswriter of the Year award a record 14 times, including 12 years in succession from 1966 to 1977. More recently, Rick Reilly, writing for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, has won 11 awards.

State winners[edit]

See footnote[14]
  • Sportscaster of the Year (1959–present; in each state and the District of Columbia)
  • Sportswriter of the Year (1959–present; in each state and the District of Columbia)

Hall of fame[edit]

See footnotes.[15][16] See also: Hall of fame and USBWA Hall of Fame.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Mission. NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  2. ^ Welcome to the NSSA Hall Of Fame: 1996–2005 Inductees. National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Our History. NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  4. ^ a b c For sportswriters, go to National Awards and scroll down to "National Sportswriters". NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  5. ^ a b Wineka, Mark (December 2, 2009). "Celebrating good sports". Salisbury Post. 
  6. ^ Gallagher, Ronnie (April 30, 2000). "A Hall of Fame to call our own". Salisbury Post. 
  7. ^ a b Wineka, Mark (November 2, 2005). "Bank purchases NSSA Hall of Fame building". Salisbury Post. 
  8. ^ Post, Rose (April 30, 2001). "With Hall of Fame opening, dreams of many come true". Salisbury Post. 
  9. ^ "Community Bank of Rowan, Piedmont close deal". Salisbury Post. April 12, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Evans, Matt (March 12, 2012). "VantageSouth converts branches in Salisbury". Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "NSSA Non-Profit Organization". Rowan Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bear Bryant Award. NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  13. ^ a b The hall of fame inductees and the Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year will be honored during the NSSA's 52nd Annual Awards Weekend, May 14–16, 2011, in Salisbury, N.C., along with 110 state Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year. "NSSA Announces 2010 Awards Winners and Hall of Famers". NSSA. January 7, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  14. ^ State Winners (1959–present). NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  15. ^ Hall of Fame (including biographical sketch for each inductee). NSSA website. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  16. ^ The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  17. ^ "Membership Information". Golf Writers Association of America. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  18. ^ "Golf Writers Association of America presents annual awards: 2006 GWAA Contest Results". WorldGolf.com. March 9, 2006. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  19. ^ "Daily News' Hank Gola wins three Golf Writers Association of America awards". NYDailyNews.com. February 23, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  20. ^ "Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame Inductees". GoVolsXtra.com. Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  21. ^ Taylor, Derek (May 31, 2010). "Sports Writers Hall of Fame is fine right where it is". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved 2011-01-23. "[T]he West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame ... is the copyrighted property of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association." 

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