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"It has been announced that there will be a 3 race "Pro Only" series that will be covered by ESPN next year, which I believe is going to be organized by SNAP magazine contributor, Magoo. What is your feeling about this series coming together and do you see more of these "Pro Only" series happening in the future?"
As I write this, I just received an e-mail notifying me of the postponement of the first V3C race. On the surface, it sounds great - rad tracks, big purses, no sitting around all day, etc...I suppose this is all immaterial if they fail to get their shit together administratively. I'm surprised that they (whoever "they" are) have not taken out large print ads or done more to draw attention to their website. I guess I'm just leery of new sanctions and promotional schemes after the failure of the IBF or whatever it was back in '91 to deliver the millions in prizes and all that they promised.
If the V3C can become a reality, I think it could do wonders for the
sport - the Pros could enjoy the perks of Pro-oriented venues and payouts
while the existing sanctions would enjoy the benefits of any new ridership
inspired by the V3C TV coverage. In the long run maybe the ABA and NBL would
shift away from Pro racing and serve as the qualifying mechanism by which
riders attained Pro status, ala the NCAA's relationship with the various Pro
sports organizations out there.
I think that this is a great thing for the sport of BMX. It can only help promote the sport, riders, and sponsors. All of which can make our sport bigger and better. I will be participating in the series myself. Think of Motocross. How big is that sport? Pretty darn big. And this series is going to be similar to how supercross is run. It's going to be fun!
I think that the idea is great and I believe that is really sells the sport better for main stream T.V. viewers, from a pro's standpoint though there are disadvantages as well as huge advantages. I think it could really help the guys who are fearless make a big name for themselves because they seem to be the ones that this event is geared toward.I also think that the same guys that win bmx are the ones who will win this event. Also it really puts more emphasis on the sports athletes to step up to the next level of riding since the payout is so high and the course will be so hard. But the drawback is, if you are say number one in points and you race this race and break your leg, then you've thrown your season away . That is where the problem is . See we get paid to get our company's name and products out there where they can be seen. Hard to do that if your hurt.
--Kevin Tomko, HARO
The series is happening this year and it is great, these kinds of series are what will advance the awareness of BMX and make it grow even bigger.
I think that the new ESPN series is a great step towards what Pro BMX racing should be. I think it is great that we don't have to sit at the track all day long and that we only have three races to concentrate on to possibly win more money than in thirty races of both sanctions of current BMX racing. I hope that BMX goes in this direction for the pros because right now we are tired and very burnt out on the current race schedules. It is great that they have gotten great sponsors to put up a lot of money because this is what will bring up the level of racing and give the pros a new psych on racing their bikes.
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