Extreme Try: Detroit Wants to Host ESPN X-Games For Three Years
December 8th, 2012, 7:39 AM
We should know Monday whether Detroit makes the cut as a potential host for nationally televised competitions on skateboards, BMX bikes and Motocross bikes.
The ESPN sports network is expected to identify about a dozen cities eligible to host the Summer X Games, the Detroit Free Press says. A preliminary bid was submitted to put on the four-day event in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This year's version was in Los Angeles, the site of past Summer X Games.
The application was accompanied by letters of support from many big names, including Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Dave Bing, City Council President Charles Pugh, Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand and Detroit Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker.
Two young Detroiters who prepared the bid -- Kevin Krease, 27, and Ian Studders, 26 -- were advised by Susan Sherer, executive director of Detroit's Super Bowl XL Host Committee in 2006, reports JC Reindl of the Free Press.
A reality check:
Krease said his newly organized Action Sports Detroit must have about $7 million in financial commitments by the early-April deadline.