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Is Houston extreme enough for the X Games? ESPN gets the final say in host city bid

Is Houston extreme enough for the X Games? ESPN gets the final say

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The Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park overlooks Buffalo Bayou and downtown Houston. Courtesy of groovehouse/

Houston has hosted its share of big sporting events — think Super Bowl XXXVIII, Final Fours and the recent NBA All-Star Game — but nothing quite so extreme as the X Games.

Last fall, the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority turned in a letter of intent expressing interest in playing host to the event, which ESPN first introduced in 1995. In January, the city was named one of 13 finalists for consideration. And this week, the HCHSA submitted its official bid to host the Summer X Games from 2014 through 2016.

"With our diverse community, state of the art venues, and experience in sports events, I think we have put together a great bid," HCHSA CEO Janis Schmees Burke said in a statement. "We have competition from across the country, but we think Houston has made a great case for the games."

Just imagine: Skateboarding competitions at the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark (a state-of-the-art facility overlooking Buffalo Bayou, thought to contain the largest cradle in the nation), motocross on the floor of Reliant Stadium, BMX riders freestyling in the middle of BBVA Compass Stadium and awards presentations on the grass of Discovery Green.

ESPN is expected to announce the last round of finalists later this spring.