ESPN will organize and televise a new annual team event, The X Games Global Championship, which will feature two distinctvenues hosting competitions in summer and winter action sports simultaneously. Six teams of the world’s top athletes will be groupedtogether by their region of origin to compete in the four-day event, May 15-18, 2003.
At one X Games Global Championship site, X Games sports such as Skateboard,Bicycle Stunt, Moto X and Aggressive In-line Skate will be featured, whileWinter X competitions such as Snowboard and Ski will take place at adifferent venue at the same time. Results from both venues will be combinedfor an overall team score. The primary outcome of the entire event will beto crown one of the six teams the X Games Global Champion. Both venues are still being determined. Sites under consideration for the XGames Global Championship summer competitions include Atlanta’s GeorgiaDome, Orlando’s Citrus Bowl and San Antonio’s Alamo Dome. Potential wintersites include Mammoth Mountain (Mammoth, Calif.) and Whistler BlackcombResort (British Columbia, Canada). Site selections are expected to befinalized by the end of June. In a format similar to Davis Cup tennis, the X Games Global Championshipcenters on the formation of six teams representing different regions of theworld: U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Asia and Australia. Each of theteams will consist of two athletes per region for each sport discipline. Inaddition to the overall team scores, individual performances will berecognized with prize money and medals.
The creation of the X Games Global Championship establishes a major ESPNaction sports championship event in each of the first three quarters ofevery calendar year: Winter X Games (first quarter), X Games GlobalChampionship (second quarter) and X Games (third quarter). ESPN, ESPN2 andABC Sports will combine to televise 12 original hours of coverage from theinaugural X Games Global Championship, May 17-24, 2003, while ESPNInternational will distribute coverage of the event worldwide.
“This first-of-its-kind competition will verify that passion for actionsports is truly a worldwide, year-round phenomenon,” said Ron Semiao, ESPNVice President, Programming and Managing Director, Global X Games. “Withmedals, prize money and global bragging rights on the line, this event willbolster new rivalries and strategy by incorporating two venues and anintriguing team element to action sports.”
FIRST-EVER X GAMES GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIPSIX SPORTS — 11 EVENTS Skateboard
· Park Bicycle Stunt
· Freestyle Aggressive In-line Skate
· Women’s SuperPipe
· Men’s SuperPipe Ski
· Women’s SuperPipe
· Men’s SuperPipe
Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, South America and U.S.
More details, including the sites, event format, schedule, sponsors andathlete invitation criteria, will be announced at a later time.
At Winter X Games VI, 47% of the medalists were from outside the U.S., while at X Games VII last August, international competitors captured 29% of the medals. Athletes from 21 countries competed in X Games VII, while 16 countries had athletes compete in Winter X Games VI.