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SBD/May 2, 2012/Events and Attractions
ESPN Keeps Winter X Games In Aspen For '13-14, While City Hoped For Longer Extension
Published May 2, 2012
FEELING LEFT OUT: In Vancouver, Gary Kingston writes, “Call it something of a radical X Games invert” as ESPN has “surprisingly passed on Whistler, co-host of the 2010 Olympics and a freeskiing mecca, essentially in favour of some place called Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.” Tourism Whistler President & CEO Barrett Fisher said, "We're very, very disappointed. We hoped they were going to look at three winter and three summer. But in fairness to ESPN, they did say during the process that they could just as easily look at four and two." Fisher said that while ESPN “indicated Whistler put forward a ‘very robust bid, with amazing venues ... and a track record in executing large-scale sporting events,’ there were challenges with the proposed April time slot and in potentially securing global sponsors.” Fisher: "When they weighed all the pros and cons, they felt that an April date might be too late to keep an engaged winter audience.” She added, "Some prospective global sponsors wanted them to look at markets outside of North America. Those two things were items that were not within our control" (VANCOUVER SUN, 5/2).