X Games fans in the United States can watch live competition coverage from the inaugural X Games Shanghai beginning Friday, May 31, on ESPN2, ESPNEWS and the ESPN app. Additionally, three hours of event recap coverage will air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series, beginning Saturday, June 9. Fans can follow the latest news and highlights across ESPN digital platforms, including XGames.com and X Games pages across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to all of the content on ESPN’s U.S.-based media platforms, X Games Shanghai 2019 will be distributed locally in China through media partners iQIYI, Tencent and YOUKU. Competition highlights throughout the weekend will be available on Weibo, the exclusive social media platform of X Games Shanghai.
A professional snowboarder, entrepreneur, filmmaker, music festival producer and aspiring musician, Jack Mitrani (@JackMitrani) will return to host X Games Shanghai. Getting his start producing comedic skits with fellow snowboarders, musicians and celebrities, Mitrani has made a name for himself through producing and starring in original content for his channel, Frendly Presents, and he is also co-owner and producer of the successful Frendly Gathering music festival. A graduate of Stratton Mountain School, Mitrani competed in four X Games events before taking his talents to the telecast booth. Mitrani will be complemented by a collection of action sports athletes and personalities providing analysis and play-by-play coverage.
- Brandon Graham – Play by Play (@brando_graham) Graham returns to the X Games Shanghai telecast team as play-by-play commentator for all skateboard events. A part of the X Games team since 2013, Graham has provided skateboard play-by-play analysis for the summer events, X Games Aspen and broadcast duties for the World of X Games serieson ABC.
- Bob Burnquist – Skateboard Big Air Analyst (@bobburnquist) Retiring from X Games competition after X Games Minneapolis 2017, Burnquist joined the telecast team in 2018. The most-medaled athlete in X Games history with 30, Burnquist was the only athlete to compete at every X Games summer event through Minneapolis 2017. Tied for the second-most gold medals in X Games history, Burnquist has 14 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals from X Games alone.
- Gary Rogers – Men’s Skateboard Street Analyst (@gcode_tb4l) Rogers began his on-air career with a satirical online skateboarding news program called Skateline, He is an uber fan of skateboarding who offers unapologetic commentary on the space.
- Lyn-z Pastrana – Women’s Skateboard Street Analyst (@Lynzskate) Considered one of the top female skateboarders in the world, Lyn-z Pastrana will provide analysis for the Women’s Skateboard Street competition. An eight-time X Games medalist, Pastrana is a three-time X Games Vert gold medalist.
- Scotty Cranmer – BMX Analyst (@scottycranmer) Cranmer will provide analysis for all BMX competitions in Shanghai. Starting his career as a BMX racer, Cranmer quickly realized his love of Freestyle. Competing in his first Freestyle competition in 2003, he beat out the best in BMX en route to one of the most stellar rookie years in BMX history. More than 10 years later, Cranmer is a multi-time X Games and Dew Tour winner. With nine total X Games medals, Cranmer owns three Park gold medals.
- Mike Mason – Moto X Analyst (@Mike_Mason81) Mason will provide analysis for all Moto X competitions in Shanghai. Beginning his career as a Motocross racer, Mason’s Arenacross background made his speed and tricks tough to beat en route to four X Games Speed & Style gold medals.
The X Games Shanghai 2019 live content schedule (in ET) is as follows:
|Friday, May 31|
|3 a.m. – 4 a.m.||Skateboard Big Air Elimination||ESPN App|
|11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.||Men’s Skateboard Street Elimination||ESPNEWS|
|Saturday, June 1|
|1 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.||Women’s Skateboard Street||ESPN2|
|3 a.m. – 4 a.m.||Moto X Best Trick||ESPN2|
|4:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.||BMX Big Air||ESPN2|
|11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.||BMX Street||ESPNEWS|
|Sunday, June 2|
|1:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.||Moto X Best Whip||ESPN App|
|2:30 a.m. – 4 a.m.||Men’s Skateboard Street||ESPN2|
|4:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.||Skateboard Big Air||ESPN2|
|Sunday, June 9|
|12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Best of BMX at X Games Shanghai||ABC|
|Saturday, June 15|
|3 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Best of Moto X at X Games Shanghai||ABC|
|Saturday, June 22|
|2 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Best of Skateboarding at X Games Shanghai||ABC|
*Times and events listed are Eastern Time (ET) and are subject to change. Please consult your local listings.
In addition to the host broadcasts within China, X Games Shanghai will also be available across the EMEA region, South and Central America, Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, and via ESPN partner networks in the UK and Ireland (BT Sport), India (SONY ESPN) and Canada (TSN & RDS). Live coverage will also be available throughout Southeast Asia on TV5 in the Philippines and via FOX Sports Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Macau, PNG, Myanmar, Mongolia and East Timor.
Additionally, live pay-per-view coverage will be provided throughout EMEA via subscription video-on-demand service ESPN Player, which is available in 132 countries across Europe and selected territories in Asia.
Danny Chi, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4400; [email protected]
Olivia Wilson, ESPN Communications, 213-405-4145, [email protected]