Courtesy ESPN X Games PR
ESPN Teams Up with Association of Surfing Professionals
Multi-Year Agreement for Exclusive Domestic Television Rights Begin in 2014
ESPN and Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International have reached an agreement for the exclusive domestic television rights beginning in 2014. The multi-year agreement includes 11 recap programs annually of the WCT men’s tour and will integrate highlights from the women’s competitions as well.
As the governing body of professional surfing, the ASP has been crowning surfing’s undisputed world champions since 1976. This marks the first television agreement in the history of professional surfing.
“ESPN is thrilled to be working with the ASP as the U.S. domestic television partner for professional surfing,” said Tim Reed, ESPN X Games senior director, Content Strategy and Sports & Competition. “We look forward to showcasing the excitement, energy and incredible skills of professional surfers touring the world under the ASP banner. The talent and experience that is being aggregated at the ASP make this a very exciting time for professional surfing as well as a great opportunity for ESPN to extend its X Games brand into professional surfing.”
ASP CEO Paul Speaker, said, “Professional surfing is a truly global sport which demands media distribution partners with significant reach. Our newly announced agreement with ESPN will provide a strong foundation for the ASP media platform. I personally believe surfing is one of the most dramatic and dynamic sports on the planet and it’s an honor to work with tremendously inspirational athletes in bringing their feats and stories to the public.”
More information on the ASP World Tour can be found on www.aspworldtour.com.