ESPN Will Reportedly Expunge Last Trace of Inline From This Summer's Event
(Part 2 of 2)
While ESPN has yet to say anything, K2's Mike Powell reports that the X Games will drop inline vert this year and replace it with women's skateboard vert.
ESPN has not responded to a request for comment, which could mean that it has yet to make a final decision.
Many aggressive skaters believe the decision has already been made.
"I'm not sure of the reason for this, but it seems like the corporate offices at ESPN ... feel inline isn't worth being part of the X Games," vert skater Dave Bell wrote in an email.
"The crowds loved inline"
"I've competed in the X Games for the last two years," he says. "The stands were packed, and the crowd loved inline."
The X Games web site, EXPN.com, already seems to have expunged itself of inline.
The site provides lots of information, including photos and video, about its current lineup of extreme sports: skateboarding, moto X (stunt motorcycling), snow sports and bike stunts.
But no where is there a mention of inline, except in the pages that list results of prior X Games and also in information about the Asian and Latin American X Games. (Apparently, these smaller X Games will continue to include inline events.)
It's not entirely clear why ESPN has decided to drop inline from the X Games. The quick and dirty answer would be that it thinks audiences have seen one too many back flips.
But most likely, it comes down to ratings. Apparently, ESPN doesn't think that inline skating is selling enough Big Macs anymore.
(posted on March 3, 2005)
Copyright © 2005 by Robert Burnson