Fox Sports Net has chosen paper, signing on to televise the World Rock Paper Scissors Championship.
The international competish, held annually by the tongue-in-cheek World RPS Society, took place in Toronto last October, but will air on Dec. 10 as part of FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show.”
The championship will then be repackaged into a individual special — and possible backdoor pilot — on Dec. 31.
Protagonist’s Matti Leshem will exec produce, along with “Celebrity Blackjack” exec producer Andrew Golder. “Best Damn Sports Show’s” Tom Arnold hosts, along with sportscaster Matt Vasgersian and a “rock paper scissors” “legend” who goes by the name “Master Roshambollah.”
Leshem came up with the idea to televise the event after reading a New York Times article about the group and the annual meet, which attracts upwards of 600 competitors. This year’s event attracted competitors from Australia, Norway, the Czech Republic, Canada and the U.S., who were all after the $10,000 prize.
The World RPS Society takes its “rock paper scissors” seriously, describing plays such as the “bureaucrat” (paper-paper-paper), the “avalanche” (rock-rock-rock) and the “fistful of dollars” (rock-paper-paper).
“Using these gambits, these strategies separate the men from the boys,” Leshem said. “You’d think the game is easy, but international play is competitive. This is a game of great strategy and intuition.”
Leshem next hopes to telecast a celebrity “rock paper scissors” tournament to raise money for the UTA Foundation (he’s repped by the tenpercentery). He already also has designs on next year’s world championship, which moves to Las Vegas. The exec producer is in talks with major brands about adding corporate sponsorship as well.
“We’re breaking forth a completely new sport here,” Leshem said.