FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
WORLD’S TOP SKATEBOARD AND BMX ATHLETES TO COMPETE AT DEW TOUR TOYOTA CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTLAND, ORE.
Toyota City Championships to Air August 16-17 on NBC and NBCSN
Competitors to Include Drew Bezanson, Ryan Sheckler and Ryan Nyquist
Free Downtown Event to Feature New Streetstyle Format on Broadway
Burr Ridge, Ill. – July 31, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continues the 10th Anniversary season of the Dew Tour, with the Toyota City Championships in Portland, Ore., August 16 – 17. With many of the world’s best athletes in BMX and skateboarding confirmed for the second stop of the 2014 Dew Tour schedule, the Toyota City Championships will take over Broadway street and the surrounding downtown Portland area all weekend long.
“We are excited to bring our new streetstyle format to one of the Dew Tour’s longest-standing host cities,” said Eric Grilly, President, Alli Sports. “With a mix of sports and disciplines, a live DJ set, and multiple points for consumers to interact with the athletes and brands, this weekend of free events truly has something for everyone.”
For the first time in Portland, the two-day street-oriented competition will take place on Broadway street, as riders compete in front of the urban downtown backdrop. Competitions will include BMX streetstyle, BMX dirt, skateboard streetstyle and skate best trick. The distinctive course will combine real-life street obstacles with reinforced structures to provide competitors with an exciting redesign from previous years.
Fans can expect to see two-time defending skateboard streetstyle champion Ryan Sheckler fight for his title against local favorite David Gravette, and up and comer Curren Caples. In the BMX streetstyle competition, all eyes will turn to Garrett Reynolds, Chad Kerley and Drew Bezanson as they battle it out. In addition, former BMX dirt champion Kyle Baldock will take on a roster of competitors in the BMX Dirt Session. A full list of confirmed athletes can be found at www.DewTour.com.
“I’m excited to showcase this new streetstyle discipline to the fans in Portland,” said Bezanson. “We’re bringing something really fresh to a city with deep roots in the action sports culture. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the two-stop Toyota City Championships.”
On Saturday, August 16, a free, hour-long DJ performance will set the tone for an exciting night of BMX Dirt Finals. Exmag will spin their latest hits in front of a crowd right at the dirt course, as the athletes fine-tune their best tricks leading into the contest.
|Saturday, Aug. 16||11 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Skateboard Streetstyle Practice|
|Saturday, Aug. 16||3 – 6 p.m.||BMX Streetstyle Practice|
|Saturday, Aug. 16||4:30 – 5:45 p.m.||Skateboard Best Trick Practice|
|Saturday, Aug. 16||6 – 7 p.m.||Skateboard Best Trick Finals|
|Saturday, Aug. 16||6 – 7:45 p.m.||BMX Dirt Session Practice|
|Saturday, Aug. 16||8 – 9 p.m.||BMX Dirt Session Finals|
|Sunday, Aug. 17||10 – 11:45 a.m.||BMX Streetstyle Practice|
|Sunday, Aug. 17||Noon – 2 p.m.||BMX Streetstyle Final|
|Sunday, Aug. 17||2 – 3:45 p.m.||Skateboard Streetstyle Practice|
|Sunday, Aug. 17||4 – 6 p.m.||Skateboard Streetstyle Final|
*All times listed are local / PT
TELEVISION AND LIVE STREAM
The 2014 Dew Tour will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and DewTour.com/live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Dew Tour’s dedicated digital platform will stream live competitions and bring consumers exclusive Dew Tour action, interviews and behind-the-scenes access on desktops, mobile device and tablets.
TOYOTA CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS TELEVISION SCHEDULE
|NBCSN||Saturday, October 18||1 AM – 3 AM ET||Dew Tour: Portland|
|NBC||Saturday, October 18||3 PM – 5 PM ET||Dew Tour: Portland|
*All times listed are ET
DEW TOUR ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra— NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of Dew Tour Live presented by Quiznos via “TV Everywhere”, the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
2014 DEW TOUR SCHEDULE
|Dew Tour Beach Championships||June 25-29||Ocean City, Md.|
|Toyota City Championships||Aug. 16-17||Portland, Ore.|
|Toyota City Championships||Sept. 20-21||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|iON Mountain Championships||Dec. 11-14||Breckenridge, Colo.|
ABOUT DEW TOUR
The Dew Tour consists of four marquee events, featuring disciplines across BMX, skateboard, freeski and snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), with additional competitions integrated throughout the year. Dew Tour events are premium action sports and lifestyle festivals combining the best in competitions along with the Dew Tour Experience, live music performances and lifestyle showcases. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC and NBCSN and streamed live on DewTour.com and NBC Sports Live Extra. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Universal HD, and internationally on TVA, Fox Sports Asia, Extreme Sports Channel and Globosat Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), iON Cameras, Toyota, Paul Mitchell, Quiznos and Squatch. More information can be found at www.DewTour.com.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 12 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–