SKATE: 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour Dates and Locations
Street League Skateboarding Announces New Stops, Fox Sports 1 TV Schedule and First-Ever SLS Pro Open Kick-Off Event
New Arena Stops introduced in Chicago and Los Angeles. Newly created Pro Open event kicks off the 2014 season by pitting veteran Street League pros against fresh talent. Pro Open format qualifies the top three new pros into the Tour.
Press Release from SLS
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 6, 2014) — Today, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) announces the dates and locations of the 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour—featuring new stops in Chicago and Los Angeles—as well as the first-ever SLS Pro Open season kick-off event. Following its inaugural season with presenting partner Nike SB, SLS is elevating competition skateboarding to greater audiences by partnering with FOX Sports 1 to televise tour events live in the United States and distribute coverage globally through FOX’s international networks.
As skateboarding’s most prestigious professional competitive series, the 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour brings the sport’s best street skateboarding to a worldwide fan base. SLS Super Crown Champions Sean Malto, Nyjah Huston and reigning champion Chris Cole again take on past event winners such as Paul Rodriguez and Shane O’Neill—each seeking to win the Super Crown Championship and further cement their spot in skateboarding history.
Entirely new for 2014 is the SLS Monster Energy Pro Open, which kicks off the season on the weekend of May 17-18 as a privately held event at the Nike SB’s state-of-the-art Sixth and Mill Skatepark in Downtown Los Angeles, the contest airs as the SLS Kick-Off Special on FOX Sports 1 Thursday, May 29 (8:00 PM ET). In the past, SLS events were exclusive to the top 20 SLS pros and select wildcards. The Pro Open offers an additional 20 elite skateboarders the chance to earn their way onto the SLS Nike SB World Tour—and take home more than $75,000 in prize money along the way. Day one will whittle the field to eight skateboarders; on day two, those eight will challenge the world’s best competitive street skaters: the SLS pros. SLS vets and new faces alike will be putting it all on the line, and not just for the $75,000 in prize money: the winner of the Pro Open will earn a coveted “golden ticket” to compete for the $200,000 first place check at the Super Crown World Championship.
This year the SLS Nike SB World Tour adds two new arena stops. On Sunday, June 29, the tour heads to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, bringing the show to the most-requested city in online fan voting. The addition of Chicago to SLS this season brings the premier skateboarding contest series to the heartland and bridges the East and West Coast skate scenes. The finals air on FOX Sports 1 live at 7:00 PM ET.
The SLS Nike SB World Tour next heads to the skate mecca of Los Angeles on Sunday, July 27, where the 25 pros compete at the Galen Center for the first time. FOX Sports 1 telecasts the finals live at 8:00 PM ET.
After completion of the first two stops, the field narrows to the top eight finalists for the season finale: the Super Crown World Championship, which returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday, August 24 live on FOX Sports 1 (9:00 PM ET).
SLS EVENT DATES AND VENUES:
May 17–18: SLS Monster Energy Pro Open / Nike SB 6th & Mill Skatepark / Los Angeles, CA (privately held event)
June 29: SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop 1 / UIC Pavilion / Chicago, IL
July 27: SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop 2 /Galen Center / Los Angeles, CA
August 24: SLS Super Crown World Championship / Prudential Center / Newark, NJ
Fans across the country can catch the SLS Nike SB World Tour on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, as well as the official Street League webcast on StreetLeague.com.
FOX SPORTS 1 TELECAST SCHEDULE:
FOX SLS Pro Open Kick-Off Special: Thursday, May 29 (8:00 PM ET)
SLS Chicago: Live: Sunday, June 29 (7:00 PM ET)
SLS Los Angeles: Live: Sunday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET)
SLS Super Crown World Championship: Live: Sunday, August 24 (9:00 PM ET)
About Street League Skateboarding
Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the first-ever professional league for street skateboarding. The SLS season features 25 of the world’s most exciting skateboarders competing in an easy-to-follow, ISX™ instant scoring format on one-of-a-kind concrete skate plazas, all for the largest prize purse in skateboarding history. Each arena stop of the 2014 SLS season will air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sport Go with a live international webcast on Streetleague.com.
For more information, visit www.streetleague.com and follow @streetleague
About Nike SB
Nike SB is dedicated to serving skateboarders, delivering product innovation and creating new consumer experiences. Since 2001, Nike SB has supported a diverse team of inspirational pros and upcoming amateurs who continue to meet the demands of a constantly evolving sport. With influence in all corners of the world, Nike SB is uniquely suited to bring skateboarding to new audiences and grow the sport globally. Based at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike SB is obsessed with finding new ways to support the skateboarder by championing innovation and individuality.
For more information, visit www.nikeinc.com and follow @NikeSB.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; FOX’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.