X-Games Los Angeles Cuts BMX Park and Vert? 20

According to Daniel Dhers...

Totally lame.

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kylecarlson 5/1/2013 3:45 PM

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vert? ok, jamie in some way killed that contest (jamie is a boss!)
but park? they killed it! building some pool things where there was no chance to throw some big never been done trick. cause xgames/espn like NEVER BEEN DONE THINGS! they are stupid.
i don't know how thats happend that best contest / biggest tricks are in european contest nowadays.
but i'm from europe, i don't care!
RIP x games

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No surprise to me. street is easyer to get into plus there arent any new vert riders realy. same people from when i was a kid. im 27 now. jamie bestwic done wone that to many times lol no disrespect great rider. like garret wins a lot street will be cut like roller blading. but its all about how many viewer watching yearly.

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THIS EXACTLY WHY I FEEL SOME RIDERS SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND CREATE A RIDER OWNED PLATFORM FOR CONTEST.. WE ALREADY BUILD RAMPS, FILM, HAVE TONS OF SPONSORS!! WHY ARE WE LEAVING THE FUTURE OF BMX IN THE HANDS OF THE XGAMES WHO CLEARLY DOES NOT SEE BMX IN ITS FUTURE.. INSTEAD OF FLOODING THE MARKET WITH NEW BMX COMPANIES EVERY OTHER MONTH CREATE A BMX CIRCIT THAT SUPPORTS ALL FORMS OF RIDING. PRETTY SURE PLACES LIKE WOODWARD WOULD BE GLAD TO PLAY HOST AS A FINAL STOP!! "CHAD KERLEY INVITATIONAL" WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE AND I THINK A PERFECT STARTING POINT TO HELP GROW A RIDER OWNED CONTEST CIRCIT. "Sls" street league Skateboarding........rider owned for skaters only.. Another example.. Wtf ARE WE WAITING FOR!!!

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Xgames...the "corporate" aspect of bmx.bmx and corporate should not be in the same discussion to begin with.when I was about 10 years old I watched it and thought it was really cool.i think it was a 2 day event and out of the say 6 hours of air time 90% of it was actual riding.between dirt,street and vert.speed rock climbing was actually in it at this point.now days majority is commercials,talking,pretty bad music, just molded to fit the viewing audience in order to make the money.it is essentially a production rather than a contest.really the athletes are paid to be part of it all.which is unfortunate because the guys live and breathe contests and lay it on the line and dedicate their lives and bodies to it.bmx is to badass.xgames however has become the beauty pageant fashion show of "extreme sports".make no mistake bmx has deep history in the xgames.hell the contest was an influence on me to start riding! Contest sucks now.bmx Is gnarly whether its on tv or not.the dk dirt circuit was the shit and the cfb kicked ass.bmx is too good to be part of the xgames and there shenanigans.

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Park and Vert isn't the only thing leaving L.A.

On ESPN's website-

After more than 10 years in and around downtown Los Angeles, the X Games will leave Southern California for a new destination next year. Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C. have been announced as finalist cities to earn three-year contracts to host the North American summer stop on the X Games global tour beginning in 2014, the X Games said in a statement on Tuesday.

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xgames has been lame since back in the day. They change the sports Every year, bmx has survived, but barely. When it first started, you got to see the qualifying runs, and even the top 20 guys in the finals. I remember one year it.only showed Jamie bestwicks and Mirras runs on vert. The coverage and exposure is a joke now. No wonder sponsors drop riders like flies. If you're not in the top 5 you won't get on the air. I say bring back the Hoffman CFBs where any rider that can make it there and kick ass, gets in the finals regardless of who knows you. Thats a competition!

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I agree! The sad thing is CFBs were a qualifier for X Games back in the day, and anybody could work their way through and make it into X games. There was none of this political panel choosing riders bullshit. The HSA (Hoffman Sports Association) has done an incredibly poor job representing BMX in X Games. Sadly, it is not a surprise that it is going this way.

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