There is a chance, a small chance, that the new Street League Pro Tour will find an audience on TV. That's the only way it's going to make it. You can fill basketball arenas all day with core skateboard fans who will support these contests in person, but the only way to keep top talent, put on a polished production, and present the best face of skateboarding, is if advertisers and sponsors feels it is a product worth supporting.
Mongo finds Rob Dyrdek thoroughly entertaining...and along with his good pal, Steve Berra, they both provide the color and play by play commentary for each event in a way that is appealing to a broad cross-section of casual and die-hard fans.
The events move along at a crisp pace with the seven finalists getting real-time scoring after each trick. Because they know where they stand after each run, the competitors definitely feel the pressure if they don't land a trick and fall behind in points.
This type of skateboarding may not be Mongo's cup of tea, but I appreciate the skills of guys like Scheckler, Ortiz, Malto, Houston, Cole, P-Rod, and Lutzka, and I'm down for anything that paints the sport in a positive light.