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ESPN Unveils Must-Have Gifts for the Holidays

ESPN Microphone The Hottest Holiday Gifts for Sports Fans are from ESPN

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- Nov 14, 2008 Just in time for holiday shopping, ESPN introduces an array of consumer products for today’s sports enthusiasts – from an ESPN Sportscaster Mic, a must-have for any aspiring sportscaster, to ESPN The Ultimate Remote, for all the recliner umpires out there, to the X Games MotoBike, for the kid who wants to ride like X Games legend Travis Pastrana.

“This holiday season ESPN is proud to present our most exciting gift selections, delivering to consumers the quality and innovation they have come to expect from our brand,” said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president, general manager, ESPN Consumer Products.

Steve Cipolla, vice president and general manager, ESPN Consumer Products, said: “ESPN strives to create products that are authentic and fun. Our gift guide features items for sports fans of all ages that make the perfect gift this holiday season.”

Featured for the 2008 holiday season from ESPN are the following products:

For the Actions Sports Fan

    X Games MotoBike – authentic X Games saddles, fenders and graphics and a new green and black look. Retail: $69.99- $99.99 at Wal-Mart and Walmart.com

    X Games Moto X Snow Racer – pro-grip steering and aerodynamic body style for real moto x performance. Retail: $79.99 at Wal-Mart and Walmart.com

    X Games Footwear by NSS – cool footwear with emphasis on durability, comfort, and style. Retail: $40.00 - $65.00 at Eastbay, Sport Chalet, Champs, Bob’s, Famous Footwear, Joe’s, Fred Meyer and Schuylkill Valley Sports

    X Games Skateboards – X Games-inspired skateboards sure to make a lasting impression in the neighborhood. Retail: $19.99-$59.99 at Target and Walmart.com

    X Games Protective Gear – A full line of safety equipment to protect like the pros. Retail: $19.99 - $54.99 at Walmart, Walmart.com, Target and K-Mart

    Pottery Barn Teen – X Games Home Collection – new bedding, murals and more, featuring official X Games graphics. Retail: $45.00-$199.00 at PBteen and pbteen.com

Apparel for the ESPN & College Sports Fan
    ESPN Originals Apparel Collection – tees, polos, fleece hoodies, and novelty tops. Retail: $25.00 to $65.00 at JCPenney and The Sports Authority

    ESPNU Apparel Collection– allows fans to be a part of their favorite team’s community, whether they are a student, an alumnus, or a fan. Retail: $20.00 - $80.00 at JCPenney, Kohl’s, ESPNShop.com, The Sports Authority and Gordmans

For the Ultimate Sports Fan
    ESPN Jeopardy! ESPN The Ultimate Remote – manages home theaters, set-top boxes, and IP equipment while providing one-touch, real-time access to scores, standings, team info and news in a remote control. Retail: $299.99 at Amazon.com

    ESPN Jeopardy! – featuring more than 1,000 sports-themed Jeopardy! answers, players choose from dozens of interesting and challenging categories. Retail: $19.99 - $24.99 at Toys-R-Us , Walmart.com, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Dick's and The Sports Authority

    ESPN Golf Schools – golf instruction at premier golf facilities in over 50 markets nationwide, featuring three-day resort schools and one-day touring schools for adults and juniors of all skill levels. Registration and additional information available at 1-800-642-5528 or www.espngolfschools.com.

    ESPN Sportscaster Mic – a must have for any aspiring sportscaster – now you can announce the game or make the calls from anywhere. Retail: $14.99 at Toys-R-Us

For the DVD Lover
    Black Magic – critically-acclaimed film follows the inspirational story of college basketball's African-American trailblazers. Retail: $19.95 wherever DVDs are sold

    Ultimate NASCAR - The Families – takes you to the track and behind-the-scenes with three of the most legendary names in racing: Allison, Earnhardt and Petty. Retail: $16.95 wherever DVDs are sold

For the Bookworm
    ESPN Almanac A Team to Believe In: Our Journey to the Super Bowl Championship, by Tom Coughlin and foreword by Bill Parcells – the inside story of the amazing underdog New York Giants achieving what no one thought they could: winning Super Bowl XLII. Retail: $25.00, available wherever books are sold

    Fathers & Sons & Sports: Great Writing by Buzz Bissinger, John Ed Bradley, Bill Geist, Donald Hall, Mark Kriegel, Norman Maclean, and Others (Introduction by Mike Lupica) – page after page of unforgettable tales about fathers sending their sons off to battle, sons who dared to challenge their fathers in competition and boys and men finding a common language in a shared passion. Retail: $24.95, available wherever books are sold

    ESPN Sports Almanac 2009 Americas Best-Selling Sports Almanac, by Gerry Brown & Mike Morrison – from record holders to champions, auto racing to the Iditarod, ballparks to business news. Retail: $12.99, available wherever books are sold

Hallmark Holiday Keepsake Ornaments
    ESPN Sports Fan! SportsCenter Fans Keepsake Ornament – for devoted sports fans, there's no such thing as too much coverage: who won, why they won, who's playing next. Celebrate the love of sports with this new Keepsake Ornament from Hallmark and ESPN. Retail: $15.00 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide

    Merry Fish-mas – you're sure to get "hooked" on this fishing lure tree, which just might make you want to get back out on the lake! Retail: $12.50 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide

    It’s X Games – for the first time, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments and X Games commemorate the thrill and fun of a perfect run. Retail: $12.50 at Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide


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ESPN Consumer Products
ESPN Consumer Products serve the fan and reflect the assets and equity of ESPN. ESPN Consumer Products oversees the development of product lines under the ESPN, X Games and BASS brands. The X Games Consumer Products is a full line of action sports-themed products designed for the action sports fan and enthusiast, product lines include lifestyle apparel, sporting goods and protective gear.