“I would like to address the news that BMX Park and BMX Vert will not be included in ESPN’s X Games in Los Angeles this year.
As the BMX organizer for ESPN’s X Games, I, of course, would like to see all disciplines represented at all X Games events, especially my life blood, Vert. However, we have been reassured by ESPN that they are not withdrawing their support and coverage of BMX. They are changing the coverage of sports and disciplines for each stop, as their focus is to produce 6 diversely different TV shows. In fact, to put into perspective, in 2012, ESPN had 4 BMX competitions with $359,000 in prize money. This year, they have 12 BMX competitions with over $1 million in prize money, tripling their support for BMX.
This is progression. We will continue to strongly advocate BMX for all of ESPN’s events and we hope that the BMX community will stand with us in building upon this year and the years to come.