Industry News 7/11/2008

AST AND NBC Sports to Stream Live Skate Park Finals from Right Guard Open in Cleveland

AST AND NBC Sports to Stream Live Skate Park Finals from Right Guard Open in Cleveland
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The AST Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced that the Right Guard Open Skateboard Park Finals will be streamed live on Saturday, July 19 from 1–2 p.m. ET.  The finals will be available exclusively on and

As the Tour moves to the second stop of the season, fans can see top riders Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz and all the other stars of skateboard park battle it out for the top podium spot on and

“We are excited to provide a live stream of the skateboard park finals to our fans,” said Wade Martin, AST President.  “As we continually look for new ways to provide content to our audience, the live stream of such a popular event will give fans another way to see their favorite athletes in action.”

In addition, NBC Sports will televise the Skateboard Vert Finals on Saturday, July 20 from 4-6 p.m. ET and the BMX Park Final on Sunday, July 21 from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Currently in its fourth year, the AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports property in the world.  Attendance for the 2007 AST Dew Tour totaled nearly 300,000 and an average of 41 million viewers tuned in via NBC and USA each year. The top athletes in the world will take part in this year’s Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded in Orlando at season’s end to champions in each of the six disciplines. The 2007 Dew Cup winners include Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Ryan Nyquist (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Shaun White (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park).

The complete 2008 AST Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Event                           Date                             Location

* Panasonic Open            June 19-22                    Baltimore, Md.—Camden Yards Sports Complex
* Right Guard Open         July 17-20                     Cleveland, OH—North Coast Harbor
* Wendy’s Invitational       Aug. 21-24                    Portland, Ore.—Rose Quarter
* Toyota Challenge          Sept. 11-14                   Salt Lake City, UT—EnergySolutions Arena 
* PlayStation® Pro           Oct. 16-19                     Orlando, Fla.—Amway Arena