- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island wants to bring the X Games back to the state where the extreme sports competition started.

Tourism officials confirmed Friday they’ve submitted a bid to Connecticut-based sports network ESPN to host the summer games in 2017 and 2018. A decision is expected in July.

The first two summer X Games were held in Newport and Providence in 1995 and 1996. This year, they’re in Austin, Texas. Los Angeles hosted the games for many years prior.

The summer games feature skateboarding, BMX, motocross and other competitions. The Winter X Games include ski, snowboarding and snowmobiling events.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo said the games are an opportunity to showcase the state.

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, which helped develop the bid, and ESPN both declined to release the bid Friday, saying it’s confidential.


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