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Jump-Starting the New Year

November 25, 2007 10:23 PM

Discerning audiences seeking an offbeat way to ring in 2008 may want to consider ESPN’s “New Year: No Limits” broadcast from the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Dec. 31. The action will feature action sports stars Robbie “Maddo” Maddison and Rhys Millen performing two never-before-seen stunts: a world-record motorcycle jump the length of a football field and a never-before-executed truck back-flip. The three-hour special is slated to air immediately after the network’s coverage of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl earlier in the evening. The event will be co-hosted by Joe Tessitore and Mark Schlereth and will feature a yet-to-be-announced musical act. At the stroke of midnight ET, following the telecast’s split-screen view of the Times Square ball drop, viewers will see Mr. Maddison’s bike jump. Mr. Millen’s flip will be performed at midnight PT. The Rio will transform its parking lot into an action sports venue for the event.
—Chris Pursell

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