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Pony Signs Knicks Wilson Chandler

October 11, 2007 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release


San Diego, CA. Pony International, the Official Shoe of the ABA, announced that they have signed an endorsement agreement with Wilson Chandler, the New York Knicks 2007 first-round pick, for the re-launch of its performance basketball line for fall 2007. Executives from Pony will be the featured guests on ABA All Access Radio on Saturday at 3pm est (www.abalive.com) to talk about the endorsement and their newly formed association with the ABA including a new line of specially made ABA shoes.

"Wilson will be an excellent complement to the legacy of athletes that have endorsed Pony over the years," Kevin Wulff, Pony's President and CEO said. "He is an incredible talent with a knack for exciting fans with his dynamic athletic ability.

"Many experts consider Chandler to be the steal of the 2007 draft. An extremely promising hybrid-forward standing at 6'8", he is a powerhouse of rare athleticism," said Colin Brickley, Pony's Public Relations and Sports Marketing Director.

"He plays with a combination of passion, poise and precision," said Chris Grier Luchey of CGL Sports, Chandler's agent. "He is definitely the perfect caliber of player to create excitement around a legendary brand like Pony."

"Wilson will be featured in a national advertising campaign that launches in October," said Benjamin Woo, Vice President of Marketing for Pony. "The campaign will run in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, SLAM, STACK, Complex and many others."

"I couldn't be more excited to wear Pony's on and off the court in New York," said Chandler, a consensus All Big East selection as a freshman at DePaul University. "Pony is a classic brand and I am honored to be wearing the Chevron."

The re-launch of Pony's basketball line will include the City Wings '08, Starter Mid '08 and the Quix, athletic shoes that blend esthetic style and performance features while maintaining their old-school attitude.

Pony was founded in 1972 and quickly became one of the most distinctive sports brands in the world. Among the many athletes who wore Pony shoes were Pele, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, David Thompson, Darryl Dawkins, Spud Webb, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Reggie Jackson and Tracy Austin. Pony is a designer and distributor and marketer of high performance and casual athletic footwear and apparel for men, women and children utilizing the tagline "All Time."

"And we're very pleased also that all ABA players will be wearing the new Pony Quix this season. They are fabulous shoes, and really good looking too," stated Brad Hester, ABA VP of Team Operations. "Pony is quite a company." For more information, contact cbrickley@pony.com or call 310 560 0745 or visit www.pony.com or www.abalive.com. -

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