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Extending its action-sports franchise, ESPN will go to a team format with 'The X Games Global Championship' next year.

The four-day event, slated for May 15 through 18, 2003, will feature two distinct venues hosting various competitions in summer and winter action sports simultaneously, according to ESPN officials.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports will combine to televise 12 original hours of coverage from the inaugural X Games Global Championship, while ESPN International will distribute coverage of the event worldwide.

In a format similar to Davis Cup tennis, The X Games Global Championship centers on the formation of six teams representing different regions of the world: United States, Europe, Canada, South America, Asia and Australia.

Each of the teams will consist of two athletes per region for each sport discipline. In addition to the overall team scores, individual performances will be recognized with prize money and medals.

At one X Games Global Championship site, sports such like skateboarding, bicycle stunt, moto X and aggressive inline skating will be featured, while Winter X competitions such as snowboarding and skiing will take place at a different venue at the same time.

Both venues are still being determined. ESPN executives said sites under consideration for summer competitions include Atlanta's Georgia Dome; Orlando, Fla.'s Citrus Bowl; and San Antonio's Alamodome.

Potential winter sites are Mammoth Mountain (Mammoth, Calif.) and Whistler Blackcomb Resort (British Columbia).

Site selections are expected to be finalized by the end of June.

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