FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
NITRO WORLD GAMES TO AIR LIVE THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 24, AT 8 P.M. ET/PT ON NBC
Event Returns for Second Year Featuring the World’s Best Action Sports Athletes
Todd Richards to Host the Primetime Broadcast with Tony Hawk, Travis Pastrana and TJ Lavin to Co-Host
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 22, 2017 – NBC Sports will present Nitro World Games, the revolutionary action sports competition returning to Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium for its second year. Showcasing the world’s best athletes in the sports of FMX, BMX, Skate and Scooter, NBC will televise coverage of the Nitro World Games this Saturday, June 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Among the more than 80 athletes scheduled to compete are 2016 winners Gregg Duffy, Capron Funk, Levi Sherwood, Elliot Sloan, Colton Walker and Ryan Williams. Other competitors include FMX riders Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore, Taka Higashino and Javier Villegas, BMX riders TJ Ellis, Kurtis Downs and Jacob Bailey, and skateboarders Jake Brown, Trey Wood and Mitchie Brusco. The scooter competition field also includes Corey Funk, Jordan Clark and Will Barlow.
Todd Richards will return to Salt Lake City to host NBC Sports’ primetime Nitro World Games broadcast on NBC for the second year in a row. Richards will be joined by skateboard legend Tony Hawk, the competition’s skate commentating expert, TJ Lavin who will serve as the competition’s BMX expert, and Travis Pastrana focusing on all things moto.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the Nitro World Games.
Nitro Circus, the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010 by action sports industry guru – now Nitro Circus’ Executive Chairman and Global Head of Creative – Michael Porra, Nitro Circus Live has travelled the globe, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com.
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