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Soccer fans in each city’s region are invited to enter to win a VIP xperience including game tickets, and other prizes in exclusive fan engagement sweepstakes

Portland, OR, August 10, 2015 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — As soccer continues to grow in popularity in the U.S., Adidas and announce a sweepstakes that is designed to bring fans of The Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy and The Philadelphia Union closer to the team and players they cheer for. In fact, in this Wall Street Journal article, the popularity of American professional soccer is highlighted. Capitalizing on this growing trend, Adidas developed the largest digital campaign in their history with the MLS- #MLSCITYVIP. Already, this campaign has been viewed by almost 10 million fans in the United States. The #MLSCITYVIP Sweepstakes is designed to engage fans with VIP experiences, game tickets, exclusive player content, and other rewards designed to delight fans in all three cities.

The Sweepstakes is open to residents of the Los Angeles and Chicago region as well as Pennsylvania residents in the Philadelphia region. Entrants must be at least 18 years old on the day they enter the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes entry period runs through 11:59PM EST on August 25, 2015 and will be communicated through social media, as well as various MLS social media platforms and other push communications to fans.

Chicago Fire Prizes:

  • The Grand Prize Winner and fan of the Chicago Fire will receive a VIP AWAY MATCH FAN EXPERIENCE AT RFK STADIUM, which includes two (2) tickets to the Chicago Fire game played at RFK Stadium on 10/18/2015 against D.C. United, hotel stay for two (2) nights, flights for two (2), and transportation to/from hotel and to/from game.
  •  The Second Prize Winner will receive a signed jersey and suite for up to sixteen people at Toyota Park, to the 9/19/2015 match against Orlando City SC.
  •  Other game tickets will be provided weekly as lower level prizes.

Los Angeles Galaxy Prizes:

  • The Grand Prize winner and fan of the Los Angeles Galaxy will receive a VIP AWAY MATCH FAN EXPERIENCE AT SPORTING PARK, which includes two (2) tickets to the LA Galaxy game played at Sporting Park on 10/25/2015 against Sporting Kansas City, hotel stay for two (2) nights and flights for two.
    • The Second Prize winner will receive a signed ball and suite for up to eighteen people at StubHub Center on their choice of match dates of 9/26/2015 or 10/18/2015.
    •  Other game tickets will be provided weekly as lower level prizes.

Philadelphia Union Prizes:

  • The Grand Prize winner and fan of the Philadelphia Union will receive a VIP AWAY MATCH FAN EXPERIENCE AT GILLETTE STADIUM, which includes two (2) tickets to the Union game played at Gillette Stadium on 9/26/2015 against the New England Revolution, hotel stay for two (2) nights, flights for two (2), and transportation to/from hotel and to/from game.
  •  The Second Prize Winner will receive a signed jersey and suite for up to sixteen people at PPL Park to the 10/25/2015 match against Orlando City SC.
  •  Other game tickets will be provided weekly as lower level prizes.

During the entry period, eligible individuals can go to

and choose their city’s team. From that page, they will be invited to enter the sweepstakes. For the Official Rules, please visit:

About Adidas:

Adidas is the global leader in soccer. It is the official sponsor / official supplier partner of the most important soccer tournaments in the world, such as the FIFA World Cup™, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA European Championships. adidas also sponsors some of the world’s top clubs including Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Flamengo and Chelsea. Some of the world’s best players also on the adidas roster are Leo Messi, Gareth Bale, Thomas Müller, Luis Suárez, James Rodríguez, Diego Costa and Mesut Özil.

About is the official online shop of Major League Soccer and offers the largest selection of officially licensed MLS merchandise, apparel & gear for men, women and children. Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 20 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. The 2015 season features the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of the league, as eight-year agreements with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes commenced. The 2015 regular season schedule can be viewed here. For more information about MLS, visit


Cathleen Lewis
Cathleen Lewis Consulting
Phone: 310-567-2238




NBC casting new TV series S.T.R.O.N.G in Austin!

BURBANK, CA, May 08, 2015 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — From the Network that brought you THE VOICE & AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR and from the creator of THE BIGGEST LOSER, comes a new transformational competition series.

NBC’s newest fitness-focused reality series, S.T.R.O.N.G. is casting nationwide, looking for contestants that are ready to take on the challenge of becoming the strongest version of themselves.

12 contestants and 12 of the world’s best fitness trainers will pair up, compete and train together in this physical and mental competition. One team will take home the LARGE CASH PRIZE, but all teams will have a transformational experience that will not only change their bodies and lives, but inspire America along the way.


Are you ready to undergo a mind-blowing physical transformation? Are you ready to stop making excuses and start making changes? Looking for people from all different walks of life with a range of different stories and reasons they haven’t taken that next step in life, but are ready! If you’re trying to overcome a personal struggle and you want to become your best self, APPLY TODAY – CASTING NATIONWIDE!

Come and meet the S.T.R.O.N.G. Casting Team in person!

Open Calls will be held in the following cities:

Saturday May 16th, 2015
11601 Domain Dr.
Austin, Tx 78758

Saturday May 16th, 2015
Lucky Strike
322 E. Illinois Street
Chicago , IL 60611

Saturday May 30th, 2015
NBC Experience/Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Saturday June 6th, 2015

Press Contact:
Cara Chandler
Casting Producer
818.569.4052 ext 6916

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A Bold Move: 79-year old champion bodybuilder competes against 40-, 50-, 60-year olds!

Amador County, CA, May 08, 2015 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — A career spanning nearly 50 years isn’t over yet for Amador County veteran bodybuilder and one of the original Mr. Venice Beach competitors, Arthur Peacock. Peacock, who is turning 80 this year, takes the stage with 40-, 50-, and 60-year olds this Saturday, May 9 at the Contra Costa Bodybuilding Championship, to be held in the Chabot College Performing Arts Theatre.

“There is no doubt that this is a career turning point for me. It’s what I’ve been training for my entire life, but especially the last three years. I’ll have 60-seconds to prove myself—my physique and my poses—with competitors between 40 and 69. That’s potentially almost 40 years younger than me.”

Peacock chose to compete in three classes for a couple of reasons—no 70s bracket existed, and he has every intention of continuing his legacy to inspire others who want to follow their bodybuilding dreams.

“I want people to see me and say, ‘I can do that. Look at that guy up there at 80.’ I want to inspire to the end; I’ve done it all my life. I’ve had world champions come up to me and say, ‘I remember when you stopped and spoke to me as a teenager, and now, 20 years later, I’m the number one guy. Thank you.’”

It was in 1965, as an already athletic young man in his early 30s, an avid swimmer, surfer cyclist, and hiker, that Peacock went as a spectator with his friends to his first bodybuilding competition. “I knew I wanted to do that—that I could do that.” And that he did, taking home his first trophy in the 1968 Mr. Venice Beach competition, which gave rise to a half-century career with more than 50 major titles earned.


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Larisa Curtis

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Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya Fans win! Now Challenging Maasai Mara Marathon 4-6 Oct, 2013

Cruzeiro Safaris ventures into sports tourism in Kenya . An adventure taken is worthwhile it’s the only experience one can have at that particular time. All positions at the Carmel derby 2013 were taken by British nationals showing the interest getting out of the norm to venture into the unknown. All were in the amateurs’ category and positions 1to 3 too cash prizes home. There are many upcoming sports based events around the country. This has raised due to the constitutional boundary changes where instead of centralized governance they have move to devolutionalised governance. Every county government wants to shine and thus will embark on efforts to bring visitors and investors into their county. Kenya is known for its wide range of sports including racings, athletics, golf, rallying, javelin, swimming, lawn tennis, table tennis, football, volley ball and net ball. The fact that there is peace and stability in Kenya more and more opportunities will arise for tour operators to come up with exciting packages for locals and tourist. This will increase revenues and growth to an economy that is fast growing.

Currently, some of the safari packages created by cruzeiro safaris have combined an activity with safari. Some examples are the much awaited solar eclipse 30Oct -07 Nov, 2013 and the Kenya Airways Sponsored Maasai Mara Marathon 04Oct – 06Oct, 2013 all taking place in October and of course one could still plan for the Maralal Carmel derby 2014. If one is willing to take the cash prize then you need to take action and take the challenge!

Mr. Munga the Director says “Sports tourism is fun but combining it with a safari package gives more value in time and money, so we encourage our customers not only to think of Mombasa and Maasai Mara but be ready to know their country better!”


About is established in Kenya, incorporated in 2004. Its core business is safari packages and day tours complemented by air travel. It has a well established wealth of experience in arranging memorable tours and safaris and has established a client base that provides us with repeat business year after year. Comment on ourblogspot; follow us on facebooktwitter or YouTube. Safaris in Kenya may be tailored to the tourist’s taste and can extend to Tanzania and Uganda.

For further information, clarifications, queries and reservations, please contact;

Claudia Kabui

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Landline: +254(0)20-7789196 ( Kenya ) | Mobile: +254-(0) 722-370833 ( Kenya )

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Physical address: Mumias South Road, Buruburu Shopping Center, Visions Place, 2nd floor

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As the Diamond League winds down, Walter Dix, one of America’s elite sprinters, talks of his current condition, future, and setting new goals for himself as well as the sport in the United States

“I can’t believe I stumbled like that…but thankful health is back….”, are just some of the words that Dix tweeted after his off form 100m performance in Zurich this past weekend. Though he stumbled out of the blocks, Dix was still able to recapture enough form to stop the clock at a season’s best 10.07 into a slight headwind against six of the eight 100m finalists from Moscow.

He had not raced for almost two weeks prior to Zurich as he has been training and continuing rehab from the slight strain suffered in Des Moines at USA’s. He strategically ran low-key races since then in order to test his body and rehab properly, while slowly regaining his competitive edge.

“I had to take some time to completely heal and not rush myself back to the track to soon. I just had to be patient in order to come back ready to run again. I want to show the young people who follow the sport that to do it right, it takes a little time, and patience.”

It has been a long season for the free agent, but he has been gradually building up his form and health in order to finish out the season on a positive note.

“I’m healthy now and just looking to finish the season strong and positive while having a little fun in the process. I’ve had a lot of support from family, fans and friends and I owe it to them to get back on the track ASAP!”

With the final Diamond League meeting approaching in Brussels this Friday, September 6th, Dix looks to continue his comeback trail.

“We hope to compete in Brussels, Rieti, and probably shut it down until next year. He has been hard at work this season, building his body up, taking stock of the direction that the sport and its athletes must go towards not only for the fans, but also the sport itself. He’s a fighter and anybody who really knows Walt, knows that he doesn’t give up easily at all” said his brother Washington. “We set out a plan for this season, and Ibelieve, given the circumstances faced throughout the season, Walter will ultimately get the job done!”

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Market leader in enterprise application software SAP has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Celebrity Golf Classic April 14-15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will kick off with a Bogey Down Party with Andy and Friends on Sunday, April 14 at Barton Creek Resort,followed by golf at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club on Monday, April 15. Attendees include MLB Legend Roger Clemens, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Jim Courier, PGA Golfer John Mallinger, MLB World Series Champion Kevin Millar, Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and ESPN Personality Jay Harris, with more to be confirmed.

“We have proudly supported Andy on and off the court since 2006,” said Chris Burton, Group Vice-President, Global Sponsorships, SAP. “Like SAP, Andy is committed to community service and improving the lives of young people. We applaud his efforts through the Andy Roddick Foundation.”

Roddick said many of his friends – professional athletes and entertainers, as well as other high-profile personalities – will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event and appreciate the support of my long-time sponsor SAP to help make it happen.”

The kickoff party on Sunday, April 14 is open to non-golfers and will feature the 1980’s cover band Spazmatics, live and silent auctions, full buffet and open bar. Limited tickets are still available.

The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15. Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-tothe-pin contests and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Roddick, in his first year of retirement, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau.“We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.

In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

For sponsorship, ticket and entry information please contact Holly Krivokapich at, 512-298-1960 or visit

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Golf Care Unveil Viral Videos

With the Ryder Cup just weeks away the UK’s largest golf insurer releases ‘Gallacher’s Golf Gaffs’

The UK’s largest specialist golf insurer, Golf Care, has released a series of creative viral videos featuring 3-time Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher with the aim of providing a light-hearted insight into the world of golf insurance. The first of five videos in the series is titled “Missile Madness” and features two golfers getting struck by a relentless flow of golf balls, whilst Gallacher is interviewed by TV cameras.

The remaining videos in the series will be unveiled over the course of next five weeks, themed to highlight the various upsides of golf insurance and the dangers that exist on-and-off the golf course. Without giving too much away, the other videos are titled ‘One-Shot Wonder’, ‘Golf Bag Baddy’, ‘Car Park Capers’ and‘Talking Balls’. Initially they will be sent to Golf Care’s extensive membership database and hosted on the Golf Care homepage, but will later be available to share via Golf Care’s YouTube page:

They have been released on the back of Golf Care’s recent announcement that they are on track for a second successive Record Year after witnessing an upward trend in policy sales throughout the course of 2012, with the month of June setting a new record.

“We’re hoping to demonstrate the lighter-side of golf insurance, without diluting the main message,” noted John Woosey, Managing Director, Golf Care. “Following the TV campaign on Sky Sports this year, Golf Care has a great presence across all the main media platforms. Naturally, that will really help promote the brand, but also the affordability and ease of being appropriately insured.”

Golf Care policies are available in-store at American Golf and Direct Golf UK, as well as online at From just £22.99 all golfers can be instantly covered before their next round of golf, including Personal Liability up to£5,000,000 and Personal Accident up to £50,000. In addition, Golf Care offers equipment cover against theft, loss, or damage on a ‘new for old’ basis up to£5,000, hole-in-one cover for up to £200, as well as coverage for damage to third party property. With 24-hour and worldwide cover options also available, policies can be tailored to an individual golfer’s needs.

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Bank Holiday Specials From GreenFree

The UK’s leading 2-for-1 green fee voucher scheme offering great deals online over the Bank Holiday weekend

GreenFree, the home of two for one golf and the country’s leading green fee voucher scheme, has unveiled three special offers that are available online over the Bank Holiday weekend. Championed for providing great value to golfers at some of the best courses in the country, the deals start from just £19.95 and include free GreenFree vouchers, TaylorMade golf balls, and John Letters golf caps. The money-saving initiative has over 1,000 courses in the UK & Ireland, meaning golfers up-and-down the country can take advantage of half-price green fees at some of the country’s most prestigious venues. The Grove, host of the 2006 World Golf Championship, former European Tour venues Marriott Forest of Arden and De Vere Slaley Hall, plus Fairmont St.Andrews are just a few of the courses involved with GreenFree where golfers can kick-start the final long weekend of summer 2012.

Bank Holiday offer No.1 includes 10 GreenFree vouchers, 6 TaylorMade golf balls, a John Letters golf cap, as well as three 3 free vouchers for just £34.95. Bank Holiday Offer No.2 includes 10 GreenFree vouchers, 3 TaylorMade golf balls, plus a John Letters Cap for just £29.95. While offer No.3 includes 5 GreenFree vouchers, 3 TaylorMade golf balls, plus 3 free vouchers for £19.95.

“GreenFree is a great way to take advantage of the long Bank Holiday weekend with half-price green fees at some of the country’s best courses. Our vouchers are valid for a minimum of 12 months, so even if you can’t get out this weekend, there will still be plenty more opportunities to redeem your voucher at any one of the 1,045 golf clubs in our extensive portfolio,” noted Dave Lynchehaun, GreenFree Brand Manager. “For over ten years we’ve been offering golfers the best value product on the market and helped increase participation in golf at all levels of the game. We’re glad that golfers continue to support GreenFree and hope that they take advantage of these great offers over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

The flexibility of GreenFree has been a major part of its success, as contrary to many online booking services that tie golfers to a specific tee-time, GreenFree allows golfers and golf clubs to pick a time and date that is convenient to them. GreenFree is also available on the high-street in stores such as WHSmith and online through the likes of Tesco Direct.

The Bank Holiday specials are available on the GreenFree website:

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Spanish finalists of the BMW Golf Cup International qualify at PGA Catalunya Resort

Jesús Aguinaga, Luis Mena and Patricia Domínguez Arburua were triumphant in their respective categories in the National Final of the BMW Golf Cup International, which took place at the PGA Catalunya Resort. These three players will now represent Spain in the World Final in South Africa.

The BMW Golf Cup International 2012 held its National Final on Saturday 6th October at the PGA Catalunya Resort. Finalists who qualified in 12 local trials held throughout the season across Spain travelled to the resort.

The spectacular “Stadium” golf course at the PGA Catalunya Resort, named best golf course in Spain in the “100 best golf courses where you can play” list in British magazine Golf World, proved to be a difficult test for competitors, none of whom were able to go under the course par.

The winner in the first category was Jesús María Aguinaga, representing Lurauto, from Gipuzkoa, who with a score of 76 strokes was able to beat his closest competitors by four strokes. In the second category, Madrid’s Luis Mena, representing Ibericar Cuzco Motor, did the same and with 75 strokes he also beat his closest competitors by 4 strokes. The most hard-fought of the day was the ladies catgeory, where Patricia Domínguez Arburua achieved a birdie on the 18th to claim victory with the least strokes.

These three players now have the honour of representing Spain in the World Final, taking place in March in South Africa, where they will face winners from the other 45 countries. Three places will be at stake to play the previous Pro-Am at the Open BMW International which will take place in Munich (Germany) during the Summer of 2013.

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SportsMark selects WinMagic Encryption technology to protect critical data at London 2012 Olympic Games

WinMagic Inc., the global innovator in disk encryption, today announced SportsMark has chosen WinMagic’s SecureDoc data security and encryption software to protect sensitive corporate hospitality program data for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Of the many events SportsMark will be involved in this year, including Super Bowl, The Masters, and the America’s Cup World Series, the London 2012 Olympic Games will be a pinnacle event. SportsMark has been preparing for this momentous event for over four years, working side by side with its clients to create unparalleled guest experiences and optimize their brand building and sales objectives. SportsMark’s clients will host more than 45,000 guests throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games, working with a staff of over 1,000 and managing tens of thousands of Olympic event tickets on behalf of their 15 clients.

“We’ve been working with SportsMark for quite some time and we’re very pleased that they selected SecureDoc as their data encryption solution to protect the personal information of all the guests they’ll be hosting during the London 2012 Olympic Games,” said Mark Hickman, worldwide vice-president of sales at WinMagic Inc. “As an existing customer, SportsMark recognized the ease of use and flexibility of SecureDoc and we were more than happy to help ensure this continued for a project of this importance and profile.”

SportsMark’s information services team determined that they required a rapid OS and encryption deployment ready for a highly mobile and diverse workforce to securing log in onto any of their laptops at any of the locations.

“WinMagic SecureDoc was clearly the answer to our requirements,” said Scott Shuemake, systems engineer at SportsMark. “We needed an encryption solution that we could quickly and easily implement, manage centrally and provide all temporary staff with access to all the devices, so we had the flexibility to move staff around the hospitality venues across London, sometimes at short notice.”

SportsMark Group has contracted 1000 temporary hospitality event staff to work for the duration of Olympic and Paralympic Games in more than 15 pop-up offices around central London. These staff will be supplied with rented laptops that require the hard drive to be fully encrypted.

The technical solution consisted of 300 temporary licenses of WinMagic SecureDoc and SecureDoc Enterprise Server to install the SecureDoc packages and provide recovery. SportsMark also utilized WinMagic consultancy services to ensure the smoothest and quickest deployment in the fastest possible timeframe. At the end of the project, SportsMark will take advantage of SecureDoc’s Crypto erase feature to decommission the devices used for the event.

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MascotFrenzy Launched To Show Pride In Team Mascots

Mascots are so much more than 6-foot-tall animals bounding along the sidelines of your favorite team’s game.

They are symbols of team pride that are worshipped by true fans, whether they are cheering from the stands or from the couch.

A new website, MascotFrenzy, understands the importance that mascots play in fans’ lives. MascotFrenzy specializes in a wide variety of team-licensed indoor and outdoor Mascot decor that will provide fans of professional and college teams with unique and useful decorative household items.

From statues to stuffed animals and ornaments to wall hooks, fans of many of NCAA, MLB and NFL teams will cherish these subtle, yet constant reminders of team pride. Whether you are looking to augment your own collection of team paraphernalia or seeking the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for sports enthusiast, MascotFrenzy is your one-stop-shop for mascot products.

MascotFrenzy is the newest online store from the founders of UltimateSportsDecor.comand, which were founded by passionate sports fans intent on providing others with unique, licensed team spirit gear.

For more information about MascotFrenzy or for a full list of available products, please visit or call 1-847-946-4608.

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JD Sports To Put On Exclusive N-Dubz Gig For Customers

JD Sports have teamed up with adidas Originals and are giving their customers the chance to attend an exclusive N-Dubz gig at the Matter nightclub, situated inside the O2 arena in London.

JD Sports To Put On Exclusive N-Dubz Gig For Customers

N-Dubz first came to prominence on the music scene in 2007 when they claimed the prestigious Best UK Newcomer award at the MOBOs. Off the back of this recognition they were vaulted to the forefront of the British music scene and went platinum in 2008 with their debut album, Uncle B. Since then they’ve gone on to win two more MOBO awards and firmly establish their place on the musical map.

JD has long been associated with N-Dubz, with the group often seen wearing clothing and trainers from the exclusive JD adidas Originals collection.

Tickets for the gig will only be available to JD customers and there will only be 700 pairs of tickets available for the gig, giving fans the chance to see the trio up close and personal. As well as the 700 pairs of tickets, JD will also be giving away 10 pairs of special VIP passes. These VIP passes will allow the winners the chance to go backstage and hang with Dappy, Fazer and Tulisa.

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JD Sports Starts Shipping Internationally

Leading British sports fashion retailer JD Sports has now added an international shipping option to its delivery portfolio, widening their potential customer base. Previously delivery had been restricted to the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

JD Sports stocks exclusive brands such as McKenzie, Carbrini and Brookhaven as well as exclusive products that the retailer acquires from huge brands such as adidas Originals and Nike. All of these were previously available to those in a small area, but are now available to the global e-commerce community.

Now shipping to more than 40 destinations with competitive postage rates, JD sports can now offer their premium sports fashion goods to customers throughout the world for the first time in the retailer’s 28 year history. With more and more new products exclusive to JD arriving daily, customers previously unable to access these items will now have the opportunity to do so, further strengthening JD’s position in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and firmly establishing the ever-growing retailer on the global fashion map.

JD Sports has also announced shipping details for Christmas gifts. To ensure deliveries arrive before Christmas Day, UK residents must place their order by 21 December while international customers must order their desired presents by 10 December. Any items bought from the JD Sports website in November or December can be returned or swapped for a different size up until 31 January.

About JD Sports:
JD Sports Fashion Plc is the leading UK specialised multiple retailer of fashionable branded and own brand casual and sports wear. The company operates over 350 stores through the UK.

JD Sports was founded in 1981 with one shop in Bury. It expanded into the Arndale Centre in Manchester in 1983 and consolidated its position throughout the 1980s with further openings, largely in the North and Midlands. The first London store was opened in Oxford Street in 1989 and by the time of JD Sports’ stock market flotation in 1996 there were 56 stores.

The business continued to grow organically until 2002 and then grew further with the acquisition of more than 200 stores, further consolidating its position as the leading UK retailer of fashionable sports and casual wear.

As well as offering customers leading brands such as NikeAdidas originals, Lacoste, Converse and K-Swiss, JD Sports also stocks its own label brands.

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JD Sports Launches Ian Brown Competition

JD Sports has launched a competition that offers entrants the chance to win one of ten pairs of JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s signed by, former lead singer of The Stone Roses, Ian Brown. Competition entrants also have the chance to win one of ten copies of Brown’s sixth solo album, ‘My Way’, which was released 21 September 2009.

The cover of Brown’s latest album has a picture of the singer wearing a pair of JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s, so fans who already have the album will be familiar with the trainers.

Matt Webster, online marketing manager for JD Sports, said: “Music has always been close to our heart at JD and adidas Originals have been giving us some of the freshest trainers and clothing for decades, so we’re really pleased to hook up on this exclusive competition to help celebrate Ian Brown’s new album launching. Plus as the King of Trainers, it was fitting that Ian wears some JD exclusive adidas Originals ZX750s on the album cover.”

To enter the competition, entrants need to register with the JD Sports website and then answer one simple question about Ian Brown. The competition closes 31 October 2009.

The JD Sports website is also currently running a competition (closes 30 October 2009) giving 6-18 year olds the chance to train with the Manchester United soccer school.

About JD Sports:
JD Sports Fashion Plc is the leading UK specialised multiple retailer of fashionable branded and own brand sports and casual wear. The company operates over 350 stores through the UK.

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JD Sports Launches Exclusive Masters Competition To Win A Carbrini Football Kit

JD Sports’ exclusive Cabrini brand is pleased to be sponsoring a number of the teams at this year’s events. To celebrate the occasion, JD Sports has hooked up with the guys f r o m Masters to bring an exclusive competition to win a Carbrini football kit for an entire team.

As the Masters Cup celebrates its 10th year of competition this summer, the world’s most popular legends football tournament will be coming to 8 regions throughout the UK and JD Sports have a football kit competition for every event. Featuring 40 teams and 360 players, in 8 different cities across the UK, the Masters Cup 2009 represents the pinnacle of indoor football excellence.

The list of legends to have played Masters Football is exhaustive, with new names coming through each series. The London Masters will be taking place on 20th June at Wembley Arena and teams f r o m Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, West Ham, QPR and Fulham are taking part with Ray Parlour, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Tore Andre Flo and Paul Merson just some of the famous faces f r o m the pitch to be seen in action.

The JD Sports football kit competition is open to anyone aged between 10 and 14 years old who wants to share the pitch with some of the all time greats and step up to the spot. The lucky winners will be selected for each regional event to take part in a penalty shootout and the lucky overall winner will take home a team strip for their team f r o m Carbrini. The winner will then be put through to take part in another shoot out in the final of the Masters Cup in September.

Further competition information is available through the website or leaflets in store.

About JD Sports

JD Sports Fashion Plc is the leading UK specialised multiple retailer of fashionable branded and own brand sports wear and casual wear. It operates f r o m over 450 stores via a number of fascias and offers customers a selection of leading sports brands.

John David Sports was founded in 1981 with one shop in Bury. It expanded into the Arndale Centre in Manchester in 1983 and consolidated its position throughout the 1980s with further openings, largely in the North and Midlands. The first London store was opened in Oxford Street in 1989.

The business continued to grow organically until 2002 and then grew further with the acquisition of over 200 stores, further consolidating its position as the leading and by the time of JD Sports’ stock market flotation in 1996 there were 56 stores.

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Football’s Fans’ Survey reveals pre-season expectations across the country

Barclaycard has launched a Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey to see how optimistic fans from across all of the football leagues feel about their club’s prospects in the new season. To date, over 5,700 fans have completed the survey, but there is still time for others to have the chance to share their thoughts as well. The survey is being run in partnership with independent research body the Football Fans Census and final results will be available prior to the season kick off.

So far, the Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey shows that the most optimistic fans in the country are those of Swansea in League 1 with the top ten most optimistic sets of supporters being:

1. Swansea – League 1
2. Manchester United – Barclays Premier League
3. Tottenham Hotspur – Barclays Premier League
4. Chelsea – Barclays Premier League
5. Peterborough United – League 2
6. Wolverhampton – Championship
7. Liverpool – Barclays Premier League
8. Millwall – League 1
9. Rochdale – League 2
10. Shrewsbury Town – League 2

In the Barclays Premier League, Manchester United fans are the most optimistic, clearly fancying their chances of retaining the title. The surprise package, according to the survey, could be Martin Jol’s Spurs whose recent signings seem to have caught the imagination of the White Hart Lane faithful.

Confidence of fans at North London rivals Arsenal, however, seems to have taken a dive following the departure of talisman Thierry Henry to Barcelona. Another high profile exit that seems to have damaged supporters’ spirits is that of Sam Allardyce from Bolton Wanderers, however, his arrival at St James Park appears to have stoked the enthusiasm of the Magpie faithful.

In the Championship, optimism is riding high at Molineux, with Wolves fans the most confident in the division, closely followed by followers of last season’s relegated teams Sheffield United, Watford and Charlton Athletic. Crystal Palace and newly promoted Scunthorpe United are favourites for the drop based on responses from their fans.

League 1 plays host to the most confident set of fans in the country with Swansea City supporters optimistic of a successful campaign ahead. At the other end of that division, however, it’s a familiar story at Elland Road for Leeds United’s long-suffering supporters as they confirm they are amongst the least hopeful fans in the country.

Peterborough United player/manager Darren Ferguson makes it a family double in League 2. While fans of father Sir Alex’s Manchester United are the most optimistic in the Barclays Premier League, Posh fans are top of the table for confidence in League 2.

The Barclaycard Football’s Fans’ Survey has been launched by Barclaycard to mark the launch of Barclaycard Football, a new card which offers fans 0% interest on season ticket purchases, rewards on spending and the chance to win once-in-a lifetime football prizes.

Commenting on the survey, Amer Sajed, Head of UK Cards said: “With the new season getting nearer, expectation levels are either sky high or rock bottom and this is a great chance to let other fans know how your club will do next season.”

Tim Gentles, Managing Director of the Football Fans Census, said: “It will be interesting to see if clubs can meet their fans’ expectations on the field.”

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard is a multi-brand credit card and consumer loans business which also processes card payments for retailers and merchants and issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. It is one of Europe’s leading credit card businesses and has an increasing presence in the United States.

In the UK, Barclaycard comprises Barclaycard and Sky Card branded credit cards and FIRSTPLUS secured lending. Barclaycard also manages card operations on behalf of Solution Personal Finance.

 Via EPR Network