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CITIES SEEK TO HOST GRAVITY GAMES: SAN DIEGO'S CHANCES SLIM
Published January 6, 1999
Eight cities are competing for the rights to host the inaugural Gravity Games, the four-day alternative sports, lifestyle and music festival presented by NBC Sports. The event, set to tape this summer and air on NBC Sports in October, is expected to attract over 100,000 spectators and add $20-30M to the host city's economy. The competing cities of Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, N.Y., Phoenix, Providence and San Diego will be narrowed down to three on January 11 with a final site to be chosen by the end of the month (Advantage). San Diego's chances of hosting NBC's new Gravity Games "doesn't look good," according to Diane Bell of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. NBC Sports VP/Information Ed Markey has indicated that Providence "has been extraordinary in many ways" by having "important" city representatives "involved in the presentation and subsequent smaller meetings." The city was also "willing to give commitments for city resources almost unprompted." San Diego is facing a timing "complication," as NBC wants the 2000 Gravity Games to be held in July to avoid an Olympics coverage conflict (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/5).