06/28/2013 10:00 am ET Updated Aug 28, 2013

The Last Summer: ESPN’s X Games Won’t Return To L.A. Next Year - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles Magazine

ESPN’s Summer X Games is soon to be L.A.’s Ex Games: After one final run this August, the event will head to one of four cities—Detroit, Austin, Chicago, or Charlotte—all of which are entangled in a bidding war of Olympic proportions that will be settled by the end of this month.

X Games has been a part of L.A.’s fabric since 2003, when ESPN partnered with L.A.-based AEG Sports (the company that owns Staples Center, among other things). The network had hoped to extend their contract with AEG beyond 2013, but an agreement couldn’t be reached in time; Last October, ESPN began to accept formal bids from cities around the country for a new three-year contract that will begin in 2014. 

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