For the first time in 10 years, the Sports Emmys will appear on television, albeit in a tape-delayed format. Fox Sports Net and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have reached a two-year agreement to show the Sports Emmys as a two-hour special at 6 p.m. EST on April 27, six days after the event takes place in New York. The program will appear on Fox's regional cable sports networks nationwide. With the move, NATAS hopes to pump some life into the event, which in the past has been perceived to be a methodical, plodding affair. Fox will produce the event using the hosts of FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period
in hopes of injecting more personality and life into the dinner and promoting BDSSP
. To move the event along more quickly, NATAS said it will hand out the craft awards during the dinner, rather than giving everything out after the meal. Joe Buck, Fox Sports' lead play-by-play man, will host the Sports Emmys, and BDSSP
participants Tom Arnold
, Chris Rose and Michael Irvin
will provide commentary and backstage reports. BDSSP
executive producer George Greenberg will oversee the awards and the edited telecast. NATAS president Peter Price said in a statement that Fox will inject energy into the Sports Emmys affair. "This will not be a C-SPAN of sports with a camera in front of a podium but rather be an exciting, action-packed sports program," he said. FSN reaches more than 82 million homes in the United States.