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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dew Tour confirms Ocean City as a Skateboard stop

Dew Tour confirms Ocean City as a skateboard stop

Alli Sports, which was bought by NBC Sports Group in 2011, has unveiled the 2012 Dew Tour Schedule. The previously multi-stop series has now been reduced to only three stops, each showcasing a different facet of the action sports industry: Ocean, City and Mountain. The skateboard stops of Chcago, Portland and las Vegas have been abandoned this year. However, the Dew Tour managers said that the tour stops will be large-scale, ‘grand slam’ style events, seeing a return to Ocean City, Maryland, San Francisco California, and Breckenridge, Colorado. In addition, Alli Sports has announced the renewal of its partnership with Dew Tour headliner Mountain Dew. The 2012 Dew Tour will include over 30 hours of live television coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network but there was no word on whether the stops will be now streamlined on the internet rather than TV as the television medium has been losing its appeal over the past years and the internet streamlining is the preferred way skateboarders view the contests.

“The action sports landscape has grown and changed dramatically since we launched the Dew Tour in 2005. The multi-stop series format was what the industry wanted and needed then. The Dew Tour changed the industry forever, taking the sports to a whole new level. The new Dew Tour, which will include three major events across Beach, City and Mountain venues, represents what the athletes and industry want and need today,” said Wade Martin President & CEO Alli Sports.

“I think it’s cool that Alli and Mountain Dew held panels this year for all of the competitors so we can share our input on the event. Bringing the events to venues that have such a strong history in skate will step up the level of competition, and I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together,” said Mountain Dew athlete Paul Rodriguez.

Burr Ridge, Ill. – April 16, 2012—Leveraging the resources of the NBC Sports Group, which acquired 100% of Alli Sports last year, the new Beach, City, Mountain tour model will better serve the needs of the athletes and action sports community. The three premium events will boast expanded television programming and digital strategy across NBC, NBC Sports Network, and, as well as hyper-local promotional and programming opportunities through the NBC Sports Group’s owned stations and regional sports networks. At the event level, each stop will include expanded and new sports and disciplines, and an enhanced on-site experience featuring more live music and a new “Dew Tour Experience,” bringing all aspects of action sports culture to life throughout the five-day festivals.

“We believe our partnership with Mountain Dew represents one of the most unique, integrated relationships between brand and property in all of sports. This partnership extension and the new approach we created for the Dew Tour together with Mountain Dew, the athletes and the industry, truly underscores that,” commented Wade Martin.

“Dew Tour continues to work hand-in-hand with the athletes. They asked for a platform that would elevate their sports and we worked with Alli to deliver that,” said Brett O’Brien, Vice President of Marketing, Mountain Dew. “With the new Dew Tour, we are working to ensure that we evolve along with the action sports community. With input from the athletes, we’re developing a platform that answers their call for fewer, bigger, better events.”

Spanning the country August through December, the 2012 Dew Tour schedule will include returns to Ocean City, Md. and Breckenridge Ski Resort, with a debut event in San Francisco on the West coast. The Dew Tour will integrate the character of each stop into the overall feel of the event, capitalizing on impactful Beach, City and Mountain backdrops as each of the three events will draw inspiration from the host city to create its own identity.

• Beach: Ocean City, Md. August 16-19
• City: San Francisco, Calif. October 18-21
• Mountain: Breckenridge, Colo. December 13-16

The 2012 Dew Tour will include over 30 hours of live television coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network. In addition, the Dew Tour will present an expanded digital offering including live competitions and behind-the-scenes exclusive content across multiple platforms. In addition, all broadcast hours will be distributed live internationally across Alli’s extensive network of distribution partners.

“The NBC Sports Group is excited about the new model of the Dew Tour,” said Rob Simmelkjaer SVP NBC Sports Ventures and International. “This new approach is consistent with our ‘big event strategy’ and will allow us to leverage the powerful resources we have across broadcast, cable and digital. From all angles – programming, promotion, production and scheduling – the new Dew Tour fits incredibly well into the NBC Sports Group.”

Utilizing the athletes as the drivers of the Tour, each of the three stops will present a different mix of sports and disciplines. Over the past six months, Alli Sports and Mountain Dew – reinforcing a long-standing commitment to the action sports community – have held panels with athletes, agents and industry veterans to determine the best way to progress the sports and elevate sports’ stars and the competitions. Open communication led to the development of the new model of the Dew Tour, as participants expressed their ideal courses, disciplines, formats and overall event authenticity.

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

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