Craig Sager received a posthumous "outstanding sports personality – sports reporter" Emmy Award Tuesday evening at the 38th annual Sports Emmy Awards, which was held in New York City to honor some of the most elite television coverage in sports.
Sager, a longtime NBA reporter and sports broadcaster for Turner Sports, died last year after a battle with cancer, according to Sports Illustrated.
Sager spent more than 30 years working for Turner Sports and underwent "three bone marrow transplants and more than 20 rounds of chemotherapy," Sports Illustrated noted.
The Emmy was Sager’s first, according to The Washington Post.
Sager was nominated for the award in 2011, but that year NBC’s Michelle Tafoya took the hardware home.
Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in April of 2014. After battling with it for more than a year and beating it, Sager was told that the cancer had come back and that he likely had three to six months to live.
He returned to sports broadcasting for a brief stint before he died in December at age 65.
He took home the Jimmy V Perseverance ESPY Award just months before he died, and he’ll be named to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in September.
"You try to live a lifetime of moments in three weeks, but then you say, ‘The hell with three weeks!’" Sager said at the ESPY awards while accepting the Jimmy V award. "…Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life."
Sager wasn’t the only big winner at the 2017 Sports Emmys. He was joined by the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, which won four Emmys Tuesday, according to Goldderby.
Fox Sports Media Group won an impressive 18 awards at the Emmys.
ESPN, which led all networks in nominations, was honored with seven Emmys.
Charles Barkley, the former NBA star who now works for Turner Sports on TNT’s "Inside the NBA," was not able to attend the ceremony, but won an Emmy for Best Studio Analyst.
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