Skateboarders were historically known as punks, delinquents and hoodlums. Now, they’re millionaire celebrities with reality shows and sneaker deals. They’re pretty much on the same tier as basketball players and rock stars. Skateboarding has come a long way since the early days of Tony Hawk and Stacy Peralta, but the thing that is going to take the sport into the next level is a formal televised competition season with a definitive champion and a big payout. Skateboarding is no longer a crime, it is now a multi-billion dollar sport and Street League is leading the charge. The infographic below analyzes the financial and social impact Street League has had on skateboarding…so far.
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The third season of the revolutionary Street League competition is coming to an end this August. The top 8 ranked skaters from the 2012 season will compete in the Street League Finals on August 26, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey. Tune in to ESPN to see Ryan Sheckler, Bastien Salabanzi, Luan Oliveira, Chaz Ortiz, Chris Cole, Sean Malto, Paul Rodriguez and Nyjah Huston compete for the $200,000 prize.