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By The Sports Xchange April 30, 2013 2:50 PM
The X Games will be hosted in a location other than Southern California for the first time in more than 10 years beginning in 2014, with Chicago, Detroit, Austin, and Charlotte, announced as finalist cities. The winning city will receive a three-year contract to host the North American summer stop on the X Games global tour. "The X Games have grown significantly and has been enjoyed by millions of fans over the past 10 years in Los Angeles," Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games said in a statement. "Our partners AEG and the city of Los Angeles have been instrumental in our success. As we embark on a year of significant global expansion and transformation for X Games in 2013, we are excited about the potential each of these cities bring, and look forward to identifying our next host city for the X Games." In a process similar to the Olympics, X Games began taking bids from cities hoping to host in October, with groups representing each city sending in proposals. The new host city is expected to be announced this summer.