Winston-Salem, NC, September 20, 2000 - The XFL kicks off on February 3, 2001, outfitted in Champion designed uniforms that reflect the flair and showmanship of its owners, the World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc., (NMS: WWFE) and NBC. Champion is the official on-field and practicewear outfitter for the league's eight teams and holds the exclusive retail rights for replica jerseys. The XFL retail collection will feature replica jerseys, mesh shorts, tee shirts, and crew sweatshirts and will be available for fans at sporting goods and sports specialty stores, and department stores beginning in November 2000 in time for the key holiday selling season.
"Champion took the logo and word marks from the XFL and executed a uniform design that reflects the cutting edge feel of the league," said Bob Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Champion Products, Inc. "The uniforms of the eight teams have style and color that will add to the entertainment value of the games."
The eight teams will be outfitted in jerseys and pants individually designed to highlight the personality of each team. "Champion's reputation for authenticity and decades of experience in football uniform design made it the outfitter of choice," said Basil V. DeVito, Jr. President of the XFL. "The XFL is looking forward to a long relationship with Champion."
The 10-game XFL season begins February 3, 2001, and is followed by two playoff games culminating in The Championship Game on April 21, 2001 on NBC. Each week, NBC will air one key prime time game live every Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST; UPN will broadcast games live every Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST; and a cable television partner will be announced soon. The league begins play with eight teams: the San Francisco Demons, the Chicago Enforcers, the LA Xtreme, the New York/New Jersey Hitmen, the Las Vegas Outlaws, the Orlando Rage, the Birmingham Thunderbolts and the Memphis Maniax.
Champion is the quality choice of athletes from practice to competition since 1919. It is the official supplier to the NBA and to major collegiate teams; the exclusive outfitter of USA Basketball teams for the 2000 Sydney Olympics; the official supplier of practicewear to the NFL, and an official on-field/sideline uniform outfitter for the 2001 NFL season. Champion offers a full line of branded adult and youth apparel, footwear, socks, underwear, headwear, eyewear, timepieces and bags in addition to its licensed and collegiate merchandise.
STAMFORD, CT/KNOXVILLE, TN, Aug. 24/2000 - 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.
takes pride in its reputation as an innovative market leader
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."
are delighted about the opportunity to be part of this new
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.