X Games to Stay in L.A.


The X Games loves L.A.

ESPN and Anschutz Entertainment Group have reached a five-year agreement that will extend the alternative-sports competition in Los Angeles through 2009, according to executives at both companies.

Los Angeles has hosted the last two summer X Games and already had been selected as the host city for X Games 11, slated for Aug. 4-7.

AEG -- owner and operator of Staples Center and the Home Depot Center, the two primary X Games venues -- represented the city of Los Angeles in reaching the agreement.

As part of the new pact, terms of which were not disclosed, the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., will host an increased number of X Games events, while other contests will return to Staples. The Long Beach Marine Stadium will again serve as the wakeboarding venue for X Games 11, while the surfing site will be announced at a later date.

The annual X Games showcases more than 150 of the world’s top athletes competing in BMX freestyle, Moto X, skateboard, surfing and wakeboard. 

ESPN and AEG have worked together on previous arrangements, including the ESPY Awards, the World Cup and Major League Soccer.

ESPN and ABC will once again offer live X Games action this summer. The competition will air live on ESPN Deportes for the first time, as well. Portions of the X Games will also be televised live on ESPN International to more than 75 countries and territories around the globe, while EXPN.com (expn.go.com) will offer extensive online coverage.