XFL Teams Up With BIKE for Official On-Field Helmet Supplier

STAMFORD, CT/KNOXVILLE, TN, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The XFL today announced a marketing partnership agreement, making BIKE the official on-field helmet supplier. XFL teams will be outfitted with the BIKE PRO-EDITION(TM) football helmet, beginning with training camps and officially debuting at the season opener on February 3, 2001.

The BIKE helmet is substantially lighter, more comfortable, and better ventilated than any other helmet, making it the most revolutionary helmet in the last 25 years.

"BIKE takes pride in its reputation as an innovative market leader in
football protective equipment," commented Jim Corbett, senior vice-president of Bike Athletic Company. "We believe that the BIKE PRO-EDITION helmet enhances our leadership position. Now players have the choice of an alternative lighter weight helmet with a number of innovative features."

"BIKE has a long history of manufacturing top-quality athletic products and we're thrilled to have them on board as an on-field partner," said Basil V. Devito, Jr., President of the XFL. "The BIKE helmet has an innovative design and is lighter than traditional helmets which further demonstrates our commitment to provide our players with the most reliable protective gear on the market."

"We are delighted about the opportunity to be part of this new and
exciting brand of cutting edge football," said Jim Corbett. "Innovative broadcast technologies will create a memorable celebration of football for the fans, bringing them closer to the hard hitting, fast paced game of XFL football."

Founded in 1874, Knoxville, Tennessee-based Bike Athletic Company is a sport product manufacturer and marketer of protective equipment, sports medicine, team uniforms, and athletic and performance apparel. BIKE developed the original athletic supporter and the BIKE COMPRESSION PERFORMANCE SHORT(R)
and markets the revolutionary PRO-EDITION football helmet. The Company offers authentic athletic products, distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and international markets.