Action Sports Icons Join ESPN for X Games 17 Telecasts

Kevin Robinson Joins Tony Hawk, Jeremy McGrath and Dennis McCoy as Analysts; Sal Masekela to Host - X Games Press Release

July 14, 2011

ESPN will feature a roster of action sports stars as commentators during the X Games 17 telecasts, July 28 - 31. X Games 17 will be hosted by Sal Masekela for all 25 hours of live HD coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC. In addition to the nine live competition windows, ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson will return to host X Center nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will telecast 21 hours of X Games 17 live. ESPN3.com will stream 23 hours of live competition and an additional six hours of original X Games content. X Games 17 will also be televised in more than 192 countries and territories to more than 231 million homes.

X Games 17 will mark Masekela's 10th year as host of the world's premier action sports event; he has served as the annual host of the X Games and Winter X Games since X Games Seven. In addition to serving as host of X Games 17, Masekela's responsibilities also include play-by-play for the Skateboard Vert, Park, Street and Big Air events, as well as reporting for SportsCenter.

A prominent collection of action sports legends will join Masekela on the air. Tony Hawk, Jeremy McGrath and Dennis McCoy return to the telecast this year. New additions to the team include Kevin Robinson, Toby Moody and Emile Bouret. Moody will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the Rally Car events while Hawk, McGrath, McCoy, Robinson and Bouret will be analysts for the Skateboard, Moto X, BMX Freestyle and Rally Car competitions.

Tony Hawk has transcended the boundaries of action sports to become one of the most popular athletes in the world. In addition to being the first athlete to land a 900 on a skateboard, Hawk has won 10 X Games gold medals, developed one of the most successful video games in history and built a global action sports brand. Hawk will join Masekela in the booth to call the action for the Skateboard Vert, Big Air, Park and Street competitions.

Jeremy McGrathhas won 10 AMA Supercross/Motocross points titles and more than 100 career races. McGrath earned his first X Games medal in 2004 when he took gold in the Step Up competition at X Games 11 and has collected four total X Games medals. McGrath joined the X Games telecast team in 2007 and will serve as a Moto X analyst for X Games 17.

Dennis McCoy is the only BMX rider to compete in every X Games since its inception in 1995. McCoy first started riding in 1980, and he won the overall flatland/ramp title every year from 1986 to 1995 during a span known as "the decade of domination." McCoy has five X Games BMX medals to his count. One of the biggest influences in the sport of BMX, 2011 marks McCoy's 26th season as a professional.

Kevin Robinson is one of the best known BMX Vert riders of all time. Famous for the highest air ever achieved on a quarter pipe (27 feet), he now joins the X Games team as a BMX analyst. Robinson has earned nine X Games medals, standing proudly on the X Games podium every year between 2003 and 2009. He is still the only rider to land the elusive double flair.

Toby Moody isone of the most recognized faces and voices in motor racing. With his excitable, quick-fire sports commentary and witty expressions, Moody served for five years as the official voice of the Paris Dakar Rally. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the MotoGP series and as a commentator for Eurosport TV and Speed. His vast knowledge of motorsports and undying love for his job has set him apart and continue to make him a mainstay on the air today.

Emile Bourethas more than 25 years of racing experience and 15 years experience designing vehicles in the automotive industry. Bouret has previously worked for many major car manufacturers as a product trainer, demonstration driver and driving instructor. Bouret's passion for cars will surely be evident in the telecasts. Bouret will join ESPN as an analyst for the Rally Car competitions at X Games 17.

Dana Jacobson, an ESPN anchor since 2002, joined the X Games team in 2006 at X Games 12 as the host of X Center. Jacobson served as an anchor on ESPNEWS and SportsCenter before joining ESPN2's morning program ESPN First Take as a co-host in 2005. At X Games 17, Jacobson will again host X Center, ESPN2's nightly highlight show.

A complete roster of X Games 17 play-by-play hosts, analysts, reporters and commentators:

Play-by-Play Hosts, Analysts, Reporters and Commentators

Hosts

  • Sal Masekela
  • Dana Jacobson

Skateboarding

  • Sal Masekela: Play-by-play
  • Tony Hawk: Analyst

BMX

  • Jim Coleman: Play-by-play
  • Dennis McCoy: Analyst
  • Kevin Robinson: Analyst

Moto X

  • Cameron Steele: Play-by-play
  • Jeremy McGrath: Analyst
  • Tes Sewell: Analyst

Rally

  • Toby Moody: Play-by-play
  • Emile Bouret: Analyst

Reporters

  • Erin Bates: Moto X
  • Jenn Brown: Big Air
  • Keir Dillon: Vert
  • Chris Pastras: Park/Street

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