Street League returns for 2012

With more prize money within reach and more terrain underfoot, the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy has announced its 2012 schedule, highlighting new scouring potential across expanded custom street plazas and the opportunity for new blood on the roster.

Street League will launch its third season on May 18 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., hometown of the league's defending champion Sean Malto. Last year, the 21-year-old regular-footer put an end to Nyjah Huston's three-event winning streak during the contest series' regular season, claiming the winner-take-all championship title at the fourth and final event, and taking home the winning check (and the diamond-encrusted watch and ring) that went with it.

This season, Malto and Huston will face many of the usual suspects (competitive giants such as Chris Cole, Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, and Chaz Ortiz) as they with compete for more than $1.6 million across four events. But they will also face half a dozen new skaters on the exclusive 24-man start sheet. The six lowest-ranked skaters from last season will lose their spots next month as the league debuts its video-submission qualifier that fields votes from fans, Street League shot-callers, and existing league pros to select the fresh set of rookies. A similar qualifier will be held at DC Embassy Park in Barcelona, Spain, to determine one European rider to join the league.

"Our goal is to continue to refine the series and make it better year after year," Street League mastermind Rob Dyrdek said in a statement. "Beyond the evolution of our courses, format, and qualification process, 2012 will mark significant expansions in Street League's licensed products, permanent plaza efforts, and international presence as we solidify our position as the definitive professional skateboarding property." According to the press release, the 2011 season was the highest attended and viewed contest series in skateboarding history with nearly 50,000 fans in attendance and over 1.4 billion global impressions.

More advances this season will see an expanded number of features in each stop's custom plaza designs, which will allow for full timed-runs on every obstacle of the course for the Line Section. The Tech Section will highlight the single best trick out of five attempts. And the reformatted Big Section will count the top four scores of six trick attempts.

Tickets for the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy will go on sale April 2 at streetleague.com.

Stop one: May 18-19
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
Live on ESPN2, May 19, 9:00 p.m. ET

Stop two: June 15-16
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.
Live on ESPN2, June 16, 9:30 p.m.ET

Stop three: July 14-15
Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Ariz.
Live on ESPN2, July 15, 7:00 p.m. ET

Championship: August 26
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Live on ESPN2, August 26, 5:00 p.m. ET