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Gorge Games secures national TV contract with Fox Sports

    National attention will turn to the scenic Columbia River Gorge as owners of the 2008 Gorge Games announced today they have secured a contract with Fox Sports to broadcast the event nationally this summer.

    “We are delighted to bring the Gorge Games back to national television,” stated Joshua Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Gorge Games, LLC.  This year the event that will feature 10 actions sports: adventure racing, kayaking, kiteboarding, mountain biking, outrigger canoeing, riverboarding, running events (trail run and half marathon), sailing, skateboarding, and windsurfing.  There are more than 40 different competitive categories among the 10 sports including mens, womens, juniors and master classifications.

    “Through our partnership with Fox Sports and Careco Productions, an authorized Fox Sports production company, Gorge Games will be presenting 3.5 hours of ‘Gorge Games Week’ programming,” according to Alan Peters, co-founder of the 2008 Gorge Games.  “We expect to reach more than 84 million households and a viewing audience of more than 5 million,” Peters added.

    “The Gorge Games is one of the few Oregon-based events that is broadcast nationally,” stated Ryan. In addition to the adrenaline-fueled action, this unique Pacific Northwest event will feature segments on sponsors, developments in equipment and gear, sustainability, local Columbia Gorge attractions and the Pacific Northwest music scene.

    “The Gorge Games entertainment includes Storm Large, Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, March 4th Marching Band, The Ultronz, Dirty Martini and others,” Ryan added.  These bands have been asked to contribute their music to be used in the show’s soundtrack and will be featured in the nationally-aired program.  “This is an exciting way to showcase the best of the Pacific Northwest music scene,” stated Ryan, “and give these bands a chance to be heard before a national television audience.”

    Fox Sports will air 30-minute episodes during Gorge Games Week beginning Monday, August 18, 2008 through Friday, August 22, 2008  Finals coverage will be aired prime-time on the weekend of August 23-24, 2008.

    Additional coverage will be provided via www.OutdoorAction.com and www.gorgegames.net. Full length episodes will be available until the airing of the first annual Winter Gorge Games.


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