X Games Aspen 2018 Live Stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch Day 3 online
The 2018 X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. Coverage is also shown on ESPN’s sister network, ABC. The inaugural X Games were held during the summer of 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island. Participants compete to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money.
Day 3 of the 2018 Winter X Games will take place on Saturday, and it will feature some of the bigger, heavy-hitting events in the tournament. The first two days eased into things, while the final two days will have the big events.
ABC and ESPN will have coverage of the day’s events, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on the former and running through 6 p.m. ESPN’s coverage will begin at 9 p.m. and will run about two hours. Live streaming of all the televised events can be found via WatchESPN, even those broadcast by ABC.
On Saturday, the first batch of televised events will include the Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final, the Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final, the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final and the Snow BikeCross Final.
The second batch, on ESPN, will include the Men’s Ski Big Air Final and Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final, always two of the more exciting events. Those are the ones you won’t want to miss. For a list of in-person events on the day, check the schedule right here.
Below is all you need to know to watch.
Time, TV schedule & streaming info
Date: Saturday, Jan. 27
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
TV: ABC, ESPN
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Events: Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final | Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final | Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final | Snow BikeCross Final | Men’s Ski Big Air Final | Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
The X Games is an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcast by ESPN. Coverage is also shown on ESPN’s sister network, ABC. The inaugural X Games were held during the summer of 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island. Participants compete to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money.
The competition often features new tricks such as Tony Hawk’s 900 in skateboarding, Travis Pastrana’s double backflip in freestyle motocross, Heath Frisby’s first ever snowmobile front flip in Snowmobile Best Trick, and Torstein Horgmo’s first landed triple cork in a snowboard competition. Concurrent with competition is the “X Fest” sports and music festival, which offers live music, athlete autograph sessions, and interactive elements.
The X Games gained media exposure due to their big name sponsors, top-tier athletes, and consistent fan attendance. As the Journal of Sport Management (2006) explains, Generation X and Generation Y are the two demographics most highly valued by marketers. This creates a broad approach on marketing towards that certain demographic, which is why the X Games marketing and economic outlook is so “out of the box”. According to a 2008 report by ESPN, in 1997, the Winter X Games inaugural year, 38,000 spectators attended the four-day event. In 1998, the attendance dropped to 25,000 spectators. But just two years later, a record attendance of 83,500 people attended the Winter X Games’ East Coast debut. The X Games and Winter X Games continue to grow with the popularity of action sports and the athletes who compete in them.
As part of the X Games, there have been performances by various rock bands over the years, as well as a DJ being on-site at all events. The X Games have made it a point since its founding to stage an eco-friendly event. Such measures include using biodiesel fuel in their vehicles and organizing recycling campaigns.
The X Games has never carried out drug tests on competitors, which has been criticized by the World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman and the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.