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News About the 2004 X Games
Press Release from ESPN dated May 27, 2004

Some of the significant changes announced by ESPN for the August 2004 summer X Games in Los Angeles: (A) There will be no inline park or skateboard park competition in 2004. (B) Most of the 2004 events will take place at either Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles or the Home Depot Sports Center in Carson (all inline skating and skateboarding events will be at Staples Center), (C) There will be only final events at the 2004 Summer X Games - no preliminaries. (D) two new sports have been added: Skateboard Big Air and Super Moto X.


ESPN X Games, the premier action sports competition in the world, today announces a series of enhancements to its 10th anniversary event this year. Now in its second consecutive year in Los Angeles, X Games X will take place August 5-8, 2004. Enhancements for this yearís event include:

  • X Games X will be telecast LIVE across ESPN and ABC, with consistent programming windows at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT on ESPN and a Sunday night primetime window on ABC.

  • SportsCenter, the leading sports news and information program, will report live from X Games X and will be hosted by anchor Linda Cohn.

  • The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. will serve as a new venue, joining STAPLES Center (both AEG owned and operated venues) and additional Los Angeles-area sites.

  • Each event will feature "the best of the best" - showcasing maximum starting fields of 10 athletes in Finals only competitions.*

  • The lineup of sports has been refined. Among the changes, it includes the addition of Skateboard Big Air and Moto X SuperMoto.
From ESPN Senior VP Ron Semiao
"For the past decade, evolution and progression have defined action sports and in turn the X Games," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. "These distinguishing enhancements are designed to clearly identify the X Games as the signature action sports championship. With new sports, venues and formats, plus complete live programming and SportsCenter on-site, we will create the most significant event to date in this special milestone year for our athletes, fans and affiliate and advertising partners."

TV Programming
For the first time in X Games history (summer), the event will air fully LIVE on ESPN and ABC. X Games X will feature 14 hours of original programming from August 5-8, with consistent programming windows at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT on ESPN and a Sunday night primetime window on ABC. In addition, ESPN2 will present daily late-night highlight programs from August 6-9, resulting in 18 total hours of original programming for X Games X.

News Anchor Linda Cohn Will Cover X Games
After a successful debut at Winter X Games VIII in January, SportsCenter, ESPNís flagship daily news program, will report live from X Games X August 5-7. Each of those nights, the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter will contain live event coverage. SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn, who reported live from Winter X Games VIII, will also report from Los Angeles.

Staples Center Will Remain Primary Venue
STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will continue to serve as X Gamesí primary venue. X Games X will also return to Huntington Beach Pier for Surfing and to Long Beach Marine Stadium for Wakeboard.

Home Depot Center is Important New Venue
The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. will serve as X Gamesí newest venue and will be home to the Moto X Freestyle, Moto X SuperMoto and Bike Stunt Dirt competitions. The Home Depot Center is a 125-acre development featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track and field, cycling, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball - and now action sports. Designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site," The Home Depot Center is the nationís most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes. The soccer stadium will serve as the site for X Games X competitions.

Competition Format
X Games X will have a finals only format consisting of the 10 best action sports athlete per sport discipline. The only sports that will feature more than 10 athletes will be Moto X SuperMoto (a race event) and Surfing (two teams of 10).

Sport organizers will assemble committees to determine the athletes who will be invited to compete at X Games X. Each sport is unique; therefore, the invitation criteria will vary per sport like they have over the past nine years.

X Games X Sports
X Games X will include 17 world-class competitions - including the new Skateboard Big Air and Moto X SuperMoto - in six sport categories, including Aggressive In-Line Skate, Bike Stunt, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. The following sports and disciplines will be included in X Games X, followed by new sports announcements:

Aggressive In-Line Skate
  • Vert

  • Big Air (NEW)
  • Menís Street
  • Womenís Street
  • Menís Vert
  • Womenís Vert
  • Vert Best Trick

  • The Game

  • Bike Stunt
  • Dirt
  • Park
  • Vert

    Moto X
  • Best Trick
  • Freestyle
  • Step Up
  • SuperMoto (NEW)

  • Menís
  • Womenís

  • Selected Athletes
    The listing of athletes participating in X Games X will be announced at a later date.

    Skateboard Big Air
    An emerging discipline, Big Air is the newest member to the X Games Skateboard sport category. Skateboard Big Air consists of a jump that has a 60-80-foot takeoff ramp, followed by a gap jump, landing and quarterpipe at the bottom. The gap jump set-up is much like a snowboard big air jump. In this judged event, the athlete jumps the gap and executes tricks. Big Air gained its notoriety through skateboarders like Danny Way, who has been leading this movement and can be seen in The DC Video by DC Shoes. The Big Air competition will be held at STAPLES Center.

    About ESPN and the X Games
    ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. As part of the ESPN Original Entertainment division, X Games, Winter X Games, EXPN 2Day and X Games Global Championship are just some of the original action sports programming currently shown on ESPN and ESPN2. The brand has also grown to include international X Games events, EXPN.com, EXPN Radio, the large format film ESPN's Ultimate X, X Games Skateparks and various X Games-branded retail products.

    X Games X Competition Schedule
    Note: All times listed are Pacific Time Zone. This schedule is subject to change. A full detailed schedule is forthcoming and will be listed on EXPN.com.

    Thursday, August 5th
  • Skateboard Vert Finals STAPLES Center
  • Moto X Best Trick Finals STAPLES Center

    Friday, August 6th
  • Skateboard Street Finals STAPLES Center
  • Bike Stunt Vert Finals STAPLES Center
  • Moto X Step Up Finals STAPLES Center

    Saturday, August 7th
  • Aggressive In-Line Vert Finals STAPLES Center
  • Wakeboard Womenís Finals Long Beach
  • Surfing "The Game" Finals Huntington Beach
  • Wakeboard Menís Finals Long Beach
  • Bike Stunt Park Finals STAPLES Center
  • Skateboard Vert Womenís Finals STAPLES Center
  • Skateboard Vert Best Trick Finals STAPLES Center
  • Moto X Freestyle Prelims Home Depot Center

    Sunday, August 8th
  • Skateboard Street Womenís Finals STAPLES Center
  • Skateboard Big Air Finals STAPLES Center
  • Moto X SuperMoto Finals Home Depot Center
  • Bike Stunt Dirt Finals Home Depot Center
  • Moto X Freestyle Finals Home Depot Center

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