ESPN and Street League Skateboarding Announce Telecast Agreement

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ESPN and Street League Skateboarding Announce Telecast Agreement

Street League Skateboarding Competition Recaps Exclusively on ESPN2; Recap Specials to air as World of X Games Programming on ABC

Beginning in May 2017, ESPN will host official Street League Skateboarding event recap shows on ESPN2 and ABC. Throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Street League Skateboarding recap shows will air as part of the World of X Games programming. The ESPN2 shows will feature 90 minutes of event coverage, while the ABC shows will feature an hour of the best moments from each event.

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Since its inception in 2010, SLS has taken street skateboarding from a disparate collection of independent events to a global competitive platform built on a premium qualification system of amateur-to-professional progression and unmatched live events in world-class arenas. Today the SLS Nike SB World Tour exists as the most recognized professional street skateboarding competition series, taking place on custom built, one of a kind, SLS-certified plazas in cities around the world, with the best skateboarders competing for the highest stakes in the sport.

“We’re very proud to partner with ESPN and World of X Games on ABC to bring the excitement of SLS broadcasts to our passionate audience; elite professional skateboarding has simply never had distribution on this level before,” says Brian Atlas, SLS President and co-founder.

The dates for Street League Skateboarding coverage on ESPN 2 and ABC are:

SLS Event                                                                                         ESPN2 / ABC

  • SLS Nike SB Pro Open, Barcelona                                     May 23 / June 3
  • SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop One, Munich                     June 27 / July 1
  • SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop Two, Chicago                   August 15 / August 27
  • SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, LA     September 19 & 26/September 24

Now in its third year, the World of X Games has grown from a weekly program on ABC into a full content series across television, live event, digital and social media platforms. Throughout 2017, World of X Games will feature action sports focused content, including the popular Real Series video competitions, new Road to X signature series, World Surf League recaps and curated content from the top action sports athletes, brands and influencers. The series now will include digital and social content, including Skaters in Cars, Gear Checks and ZOOM galleries. World of X Games content will provide fans with year-round access to the best action sports content.

About Street League Skateboarding (SLS)

Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the first-ever professional league for street skateboarding. SLS features 30 of the world’s most exciting skateboarders competing in an easy-to-follow, ISX™ instant scoring format on one-of-a-kind concrete skate plazas around the world, all for the largest prize purse in skateboarding history. Each season, the elite SLS Pros compete for valuable points to advance to the Top Eight that will compete for title of Champion in the official street skateboarding world championship as sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation, the SLS Super Crown World Championship. SLS airs live on ETN with exclusive broadcast replays on ESPN2 and ABC. For more information, visit and follow @sls.



Danny Chi, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4400; [email protected]

Grace Coryell, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4402 ; [email protected]

Grace Coryell

Based out of the LAPC in Los Angeles, Calif., Grace Coryell is manager of communications focusing on X Games and West Coast PR. A native Angelino, Coryell attended the University of Southern California and began working at ESPN in 2008.
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