It isn't on the sports channel yet but the National Geographic Channel has the Knights of Mayhem on Tuesdays about a group who want jousting to be just as big as football. I talked about them on a post last year. These guys go for a little less finess and a bit more rough riding. I didn't catch the show myself--forgot it was on--but did see some of the video on their website (which you can catch here).
I get the impression that these guys are a little less about history and a little more about testosterone (see the image above), which, I suppose, when all is said and done, is what a knight was about. But it does trouble me a bit. Because knighthood was couched in so many rules of engagement, so many layers of the chivalric code and culture, and to simply go out and get yourself some armor, a horse, and maybe watch a movie on jousting just is not serving the event as well as it could be done. Also, because this is a reality show, it will no doubt become bogged down by the inevitable clashes and angst that so characterize these things which, frankly, interest me not at all. I wish they would just get down to the actual stuff rather than the endless drama of the individuals. (All those cake and cupcake decorating shows; I wish they'd just show us how they actually decorate them rather than the family and friend drama. Who cares? I don't.)
Of course I'll do my best to catch it next week to make a better judgment but I bet you anything I've got it on the money.