CBS’ Verne Lundquist will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards in May.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the award on Thursday.
The news widely was hailed because, well, he’s Verne Lundquist, a hugely popular figure in the sports media business. And the news came with a nice little added timing wrinkle:
It arrived two days after the 20th anniversary of the release of “Happy Gilmore,” the Adam Sandler golf spoof in which Lundquist plays himself – and which has played a big role in maintaining the now-75-year-old’s coolness quotient among younger generations of sports fans ever since.
So, to quote Lundquist from the film, expect quite a large and economically diverse crowd at Lincoln Center when he picks up his Emmy on May 10.