With competition underway in the French resort town of Tignes, France, at the foot of the French Alps, X Games Vice President, Tori Stevens is busy at the company’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters, at the foot of the Litchfield Hills, preparing for the continued rollout of Global X Games 2013 and its three new international host cities. In addition to Aspen, Los Angeles and Tignes, ESPN will bring the greatest action sports athletes from around the world to Barcelona, Spain, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil and Munich, Germany. continue reading…
posted by Rob Tobias on March 21, 2013 2:40 PM
posted by Mac Nwulu on January 30, 2013 1:00 PM
ESPN acquires U.S., English-language rights to Mexican National Team soccer through 2014 FIFA World Cup
ESPN has acquired the English-language rights to the Mexican National Team (El Tri) in the United States through the completion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil via an agreement with Univision, which retains the team’s U.S. Spanish-language rights.
The deal, for the first time in the U.S., gives El Tri fans a consistent English-language home for the team’s matches, while also granting ESPN highlights rights for its popular studio programs such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC Press Pass, First Take, SportsNation and more.
Front Row caught up with Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president for programming and Global X, to discuss the rights agreement with Univision:
Why did ESPN make this deal?
ESPN is committed to reaching the widest possible audience with programming that is relevant to the sports and teams that they follow. As the number of English-speaking U.S. Hispanic households continues to increase, it makes sense for ESPN to carry sports events and cover sports news relevant to that audience.
How does ESPN’s coverage of the Mexican National Team fit into the company’s overall soccer content strategy? continue reading…
posted by Rob Tobias on December 10, 2012 3:11 PM
X Games, the leading action-sports lifestyle brand on the planet, is just 45 days away from X Games Aspen 2013, and the launch of a new era in action sports competition around the globe.
ESPN today revealed its sports disciplines for 2013, fueled by a new six-event schedule — featuring eight sports, including, for the first time, Mountain Bike Slopestyle — and 26 disciplines that will originate from three new stops: Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; and Munich, Germany.
Each stop will combine to showcase the most wide-ranging program of sports and disciplines in X Games history, including the addition of Mountain Bike Slopestyle (Munich), Women’s Skateboard Park (Barcelona) and the return of BMX Freestyle Dirt (Foz do Iguaçu).
Each stop will also include an enhanced on-site experience featuring new and unique lifestyle and cultural elements.
“It is awesome to see X Games not only take these sports to more cities globally, but I love seeing new sports added and the return of past, popular events,” said action sports icon and 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana.
Click here to see the full list of X Games sports disciplines for 2013.
posted by Danny Chi on November 29, 2012 12:00 PM
In May, ESPN announced it would be expanding the X Games franchise to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain and Munich, Germany — joining X Games Aspen, Colo., Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France — taking the premier action sports event global.
Since then, the X Games team has been busy working with the new host cities’ local organizing committee (LOC) to make the new events distinctly unique — infused with the lifestyle and culture of each city — yet ensuring the elements and core DNA that have made the X Games successful.
Over the past month, production meetings were held in Munich, Barcelona and Foz do Iguaçu. Taking the X Games to new global markets presents new staging and production challenges as well.
“This is an unprecedented challenge for us,” said Anthony Dittmann, X Games Barcelona event director.
“While ESPN has produced large events internationally, we are not only making TV but staging this event — meaning we need to design, create, build, staff and manage these temporary complexes in varied cultures. It’s very exciting and daunting at the same time.”
Though the X Games brand and events already travel well and resonate across many cultures, the expansion will undoubtedly guarantee more international media attention and coverage than before.
“This is clearly a great opportunity for us to increase the visibility of the event and brand,” said Phil Orlins, X Games senior coordinating producer. “This is something we focus on in many areas — from how the event is scheduled to what feeds we create for international broadcasters and how we handle international media at the events.”
Some early lessons according to Dittmann are, “Patience. Over communicate. Don’t take anything for granted. And, one meter equals 3.28 feet!”
Despite new lessons and challenges, still, it’s apparent the anticipation and excitement of growing and further evolving a unique property like the X Games is what’s fueling the X team into the global expansion of 2013.
Progression is what motivates all action sports athletes, and yes, the X Games staff, too.
In the gallery above, see renderings of what the venues in each new X Games locale will look like.
X Games 2013 Schedule:
Aspen, Colo., USA: January 24-27
Tignes, France: March 20-22
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil: April 18-21
Barcelona, Spain: May 16-19
Munich, Germany: June 27-30
Los Angeles, Calif., USA: August 1-4
posted by Bill Hofheimer on May 24, 2012 7:00 AM
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Bob Ley recently traveled to Brazil, host country for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as part of his reporting on this weekend’s special “Countdown to Brazil” edition of Outside The Lines (Sunday, May 27, at 9 a.m. ET).
Ley, who has been host of the acclaimed OTL series since its inception in 1990, explores the doubts and questions about the country’s preparations for this massive global sports event, tours the renovation of massive Maracana Stadium, observes the “pacification” of the city’s favelas, and interviews locals who discuss the culture of corruption and personal influence that the nation has vowed to change.
The Front & Center podcast above includes a conversation with Ley about the trip and this weekend’s special OTL. He also discusses his upcoming host role for ESPN’s coverage of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, the growing popularity of world football in the U.S., and more.
The accompanying photo gallery also offers some stunning images that Ley and ESPN Brasil’s AnaPaula Julio took during his trip to the country.