XFL: It's All About The Ball!




The XFL's balls are innovative

When it came time to decide what the XFL ball would look like, league officials were not going to settle on the same old, boring, brown pigskin that other leagues traditionally use. Rather, the XFL wanted their balls to have more attitude, just as its players will have. As a result, the XFL ball was created by the league and Spalding. Unlike most footballs that are only one color, the XFL ball features a unique blend of black and red. Black being the most prominent color, while the red outlines the ball. Former NFL Quarterbacks tested the ball and all agreed, the XFL ball was something special.

XFL names Spalding first official licensee

Stamford, CT/East Rutherford, NJ, August 3, 2000 – The XFL, a new professional football league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC, announced today that Spalding Sports Worldwide has been named the first official licensee of the league. As part of the multi-year license agreement, Spalding will be the official ball of the league and will market a line of footballs under the XFL name. Made with Spalding’s patented all-weather construction, the Spalding XFL game ball will be used in all of the games beginning with the season opener on February 3, 2001.

“Spalding is one of the most recognizable names in sports and we’re very excited to have Spalding on board as our first on-field partner,” said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President of the XFL. “The Spalding game ball, with its unique and high-impact black, silver, and red color combination, will be one of the strongest icons of the XFL.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to be part of such a cutting-edge organization,” stated Eddie Binder, Executive Vice President of Spalding Sports Worldwide. “The sporting goods industry has been flat for the past five years in both participation and sales. We feel the XFL will bring a new perspective to the sports arena with its wide-open style of football combined with savvy marketing campaigns. The league’s success will be great for football, fans, and retailers.”

Spalding’s official line of XFL footballs will roll out this October, in time for the key holiday selling period. The line will consist of seven SKU’s, and price range from $10.00 to $80.00. Spalding will support the XFL football series with a multi-million dollar advertising and promotional campaign beginning this fall.

Spalding Sports Worldwide is the nation's first full-line sporting goods company. Its leadership and innovative products have led to revolutionary breakthroughs in virtually every major sporting goods product category. Under the Spalding umbrella are the Strata, Top-Flite, Etonic, Ben Hogan and Dudley brands. To find more information on Spalding, visit www.spalding.com or call the Consumer Relations Department at (800) 225-6601.

Decorate your desktop black and red

Why not give your desktop a little dose of the XFL? These desktop patterns are a great way to show that you are a fan of smash mouth football. They are large, so they may take a few seconds to initially download, but it's well worth the wait. If you are experiencing any problems applying the pattern to your desktop, click the appropriate link for directions -- Mac user or PC user


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