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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.
FROM ESPN ON MAY 27, 2004
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:
From ESPN Senior VP Ron Semiao
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
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.
"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."
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
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.
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
Big Air (NEW)
Vert Best Trick
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
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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