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National Soccer League Scores Multi-Year Ball Deal with Huffy Sports

January 13, 2004 - National Soccer League (NSL) News Release

SANDY, Utah (January 13, 2004) – The National Soccer League announced it has signed a four-year deal with Huffy Sports Company that designates the manufacturer as its official game-day ball provider. Under terms of the agreement, Huffy Sports will also produce and market an NSL-licensed retail ball featuring the NSL logo and/or individual team logos. The NSL and Huffy Sports will work together to create a custom-designed indoor soccer ball with plans to launch the first NSL-licensed retail ball in conjunction with the start of league play.

The NSL is a new professional indoor soccer league set to begin play in June 2006. The league will feature franchises in a minimum of eight markets across the country.

Randy Schickert, president and general manager of Huffy Sports Company, feels the deal solidifies the company’s position in the soccer category. “Over the past two years, we’ve gone to great lengths to position Huffy Sports as a leading brand in the inflatable soccer ball category. Through product innovation, superior craftsmanship and competitive pricing, we’ve made in-roads. Our association with the National Soccer League builds on our commitment to become a major supplier in the soccer industry.”

NSL president, Sydney Nusinov, says the partnership with Huffy Sports is a great fit for the league because of the company’s solid reputation within the sporting goods industry and its extensive channels of distribution.

“Huffy Sports is one of the most recognized sporting goods brands in the world,” Nusinov said. “The company is committed to indoor soccer and has the ability to market our league to the world. I couldn’t think of a better partner for the National Soccer League.”

Huffy Sports Company, a division of Huffy Corporation (NYSE-HUF), markets a variety of products as a licensee under such trademarks as Disney®, Oxygen®, Airwalk®, NBA® and NCAA®. Additional company information can be found online at huffysports.com.

For more information on the National Soccer League, call 801-897-KICK or visit http://www.nationalsoccerleague.net.

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