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Another option in front of derby is the X Games. A lot of people have been throwing around the X Games as a better option for derby because we are considered an extreme sport, and the X Games caters to that exact market. The X Games already has roller sports included in it, and a ready made audience of Generation X and Y as fans. The X Games are televised on ESPN and have a great market share, and are now adding international dates and competitions. The order of the X Games competitions in 2013: Aspen, January 24-27; Tignes, March 20-22; Foz do Iguaçu, April 18-21; Barcelona, May 9-12; Munich, June 27-30; Los Angeles, August 1-4. Just think about how their market share of female viewers will improve with the addition of derby? Just imagine how the coverage would help our sport gain new fans?
I'm sure there would be issues to consider. What is the X Games' policy on transgendered players? Would a team that played in the X Games be allowed to compete in regionals? What rule set would be used? Would banked track also be an option? I don't have the answer to any of the questions, but maybe it's time for us to start talking about it seriously as a community. If you're interested, Jean Gravy of the Richland County Regulators has started a petition; you can sign here.