AUSTIN -- After an 11-year run, the X Games are skating, riding and revving away from LA. And Austin is a contender to host ESPN's Summer X-Games.
ESPN announced Tuesday that from 2014 to 2016 the U.S. edition of its action sports extravaganza will be held in Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Texas, or Charlotte, N.C.
The X Games' deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Los Angeles entertainment giant behind Staples Center, several LA sports franchises and a stalled attempt to return the NFL to the city, runs out after this year. With AEG up for sale, the two sides did not agree on a new contract.
ESPN has instead installed an Olympics-style bidding process where cities make pitches to play host. Fifteen cities made bids, including two that would have kept the games in Southern California.
A decision will be announced this summer.
The Circuit of the Americas confirms that its venue has made the final four list of North American host sites. If Austin is selected, the X-Games will be here for a three-year period, beginning in the summer of 2014.
X-Games officials have scheduled a visit here for the week of June 3rd.