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Designers from around the world seek to create official 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot(s)

October 31, 2006
Tomorrow marks the closure of an open call for interest in designing the Vancouver 2010 Games mascot(s). VANOC has received submissions from around the world, as well as extensive public comments and feedback through its website at vancouver2010.com.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) from the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) seeks “passionate and talented designers and artists” to conceptualize the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic mascot(s). With just over 24 hours remaining before the deadline, 177 proponents expressed an interest to submit a proposal, including credentials and a portfolio of previous work.

One hundred and fifty one expressions of interest have been received from Canadians, with 72 from British Columbia, 48 from Ontario and the remainder from the rest of the country. International submissions were received from Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Over the five weeks of the open call, the RFP document was downloaded from vancouver2010.com over 3,800 times, while nearly 1,900 visitors to vancouver2010.com recently participated in an on-line poll offering their views on the best mascots. VANOC has also received hundreds of e-mails and suggestions on the future mascots(s). All public feedback on the mascot program will be provided to the designer(s) as valuable input for consideration during the design process.

“The 2010 Winter Games mascot(s) will be recognized worldwide as a symbol of our Games and our country,” said Dave Cobb, VANOC’s executive vice president, revenue, marketing and communications. “We’re pleased to have captured the imagination of the design community. Whatever form the mascot(s) takes we are looking for something that will represent Vancouver 2010 values and we look forward to an open and highly creative design process over the coming months.”

With the closure of the RFP at 2PM PST tomorrow, next steps will include a review of all submissions received, followed by select interviews and reference checks to develop a short list. The decision on a final designer(s) will be announced publicly in early 2007. The successful designer(s) will develop concepts in collaboration with VANOC for an unveiling in 2007.

The mascot(s) will feature prominently in hundreds of Games communications and materials from advertising and publications to websites and merchandise. The mascot(s) will also act as ‘real-life’ ambassador(s) for the Games, appearing in animated films and at various events around the country and during the Games.

Mascots are one of the most unique creative projects within the Games image and identity program and are traditionally a person, animal or item that represents good luck. Mascots usually reflect the nature or culture of a host region or country.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

 

With this victory: K.J. Choi


* Wins for the second time at Westin Innisbrook-Copperhead Course and becomes the first multiple winner of the tournament.

* Becomes the third player in tournament history to surpass the $1-million mark in earnings with $1,441,200 (ranks second). Vijay Singh is first with $1,480,410 and Carl Pettersson is third with $1,099,000.

* The native of South Korea becomes the fifth consecutive international player to win the Chrysler Championship, including his win in 2002. Others were 2003 winner Retief Goosen (South Africa), 2004 Vijay Singh (Fiji) and 2005 Carl Pettersson (Sweden).

* Collects $954,000 first-place check, the largest of his career, bringing his season earnings on the PGA TOUR to $2,267,348.

* Earns a spot in THE TOUR Championship for the fourth time in his seven year career on the TOUR, jumping to 26th on the money list.

* Becomes the 12th different foreign-born player to win on the PGA TOUR in 2006 and the first since the 2006 John Deere Classic (Australian - John Senden) in mid-July.

* Earns 100 points in the 10th leg of The Fall Finish Presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers - an 11-event series that includes enhanced purses and bonus awards totaling $1 million, with $500,000 going to the top points-earner.

Choi in his career


* Now has four TOUR wins, the most wins by an Asian-born player on the PGA TOUR. Shigeki Maruyama of Japan has three TOUR titles on his resume. Choi and Maruyama are the only Asian-born players to win multiple events on the TOUR.

* Surpasses the $2-million mark in season earnings for the third time in his career. He becomes the 31st player to surpass $2 million in season earnings in 2006.

* In seventh season on PGA TOUR, surpasses the $11-million mark in career earnings ($11,452,595) since becoming a member in 2000.

* Earns fourth victory in 194th event on the PGA TOUR at the age of 35 years, 4 months and 13 days.

2006 PGA TOUR SUMMARY

Tournaments entered--25; in money--21; Top 10--4; Wins--1

BIRTHDATE: May 19, 1970
BIRTHPLACE: Wando, South Korea
RESIDES: The Woodlands, Texas
FAMILY: Wife, Hunjung Kim; Hohjun "David," Amanda, Daniel
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-8, 185

Chrysler's 'Full Throttle Test Drive Event' Puts Consumers Behind the Wheel at Phoenix's Cricket Pavilion on Nov. 4 and 5

- Free, two-day event gives consumers the opportunity to test drive all new 2007 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge products

- Three test tracks designed to showcase vehicles' handling and performance attributes

- One lucky event attendee could win a new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe

-- Have you ever wanted to be a professional test driver? Going fast on a tight course and squealing the tires in the turns, just like on TV? Or maybe you've always wanted to take a 4x4 on an off-road adventure over logs and through rivers? Phoenix-area residents will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to try out all of these things in a controlled setting when Chrysler Group's "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" comes to Cricket Pavilion on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 5.

Consumers are being invited to test drive the full line of 2007 Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge products, including the all-new Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Dodge Nitro, on three specially designed test tracks. One track will showcase the ride and handling of the Chrysler Group's passenger cars and a second track will feature the off-road capability of sport-utility vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Commander.

The third track will be dedicated to demonstrating the power and performance of the Chrysler Group's SRT product line. Professional test drivers will take consumers on the ride of a lifetime in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 and Dodge Viper SRT10. Thrill rides will be available each day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

All event attendees will receive a $400 consumer rebate certificate to be used toward the purchase of an eligible Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle. As an added bonus, one lucky event attendee also has the chance to win a brand new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe.

"The 'Full Throttle Test Drive Event' is not your ordinary driving event. It is more like a celebration of all the great Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in our product portfolio," said James Kinsey, Retails Sales Promotion Manager, DaimlerChrysler Corp. "The tour brings all three of the Chrysler Group brands together for the public to experience in an experiential way through thrilling test drive courses."

The weekend event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is free of charge. Food and drinks will be available. Consumers interested in attending the "Full Throttle Test Drive Event" are encouraged to pre-register for a general arrival time on Saturday or Sunday by calling 888-809-7088 or visiting www.RideDriveWin.com/pr, however pre-registration is not required to attend. Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license to participate in the ride-and-drive activities.

Source: Chrysler Group

 

 

Goodyear Announces Planned Closing of Tyler Facility

* Part of Company's Decision to Exit Private Label Segments

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced the planned closure of its tire manufacturing facility in Tyler, Texas, as part of its previously announced strategy to exit certain segments of the private label tire business.

At the time of its June private label announcement, Goodyear said that the decision would require a corresponding reduction in North American Tire's manufacturing capacity and that plant performance, capabilities, cost savings opportunity and the focus on serving NAT customers would dictate capacity reduction.

"We must take the steps necessary to reduce our costs and improve our competitive position," said Jon Rich, president, North American Tire. "While this is an extremely difficult decision for everyone involved, it was required to help turn around our North American business."

Rich said the timing of the action would be coordinated to minimize the impact on Goodyear's customers.

Goodyear previously announced to investors an aggressive strategy to reduce costs by more than $1 billion by 2008, including reduction in high-cost tire manufacturing capacity. The Tyler plant principally produces small diameter passenger tires, a segment that has been under considerable pressure from low cost imports.

The action is expected to eliminate about 1,100 positions, create annual savings of approximately $50 million after tax, and result in a restructuring charge of between $155 million and $165 million after tax. The cash portion of these charges is estimated to be between $40 million and $50 million.

Opened in 1962, the plant has produced approximately 25,000 passenger and light truck tires per day.

Goodyear is the world's largest tire company. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, the company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 90 facilities in 28 countries. It has marketing operations in almost every country around the world. Goodyear employs about 80,000 people worldwide.

Certain information contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. There are a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the company's control, which affect its operations, performance, business strategy and results and could cause its actual results and experience to differ materially from the expectations and objectives expressed in any forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from its cost reduction initiatives, including those related to the closing of the Tyler facility; actions and initiatives taken by both current and potential competitors; increases in the prices paid for raw materials and energy; potential adverse consequences of litigation involving the company; increases in the company's pension plan funding obligations; the duration of the strike by the United Steelworkers (the "USW"); the outcome of the company's collective bargaining negotiations with the USW; as well as the effects of more general factors such as changes in general market or economic conditions or in legislation, regulation or public policy. Additional factors are discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. In addition, any forward-looking statements represent our estimates only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward- looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our estimates change.

Web site: http://www.goodyear.com/

Porsche Selects XM as Exclusive Satellite Radio Provider Under New, Long-Term Agreement

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Porsche Cars of North America, Inc. and XM Satellite Radio today announced a new long-term agreement to equip Porsche vehicles for the U.S. market with XM, the nation's leading satellite radio service. The arrangement begins in 2007.

XM has been available as a popular factory-installed feature for Cayenne models since 2005 and will be the exclusive satellite radio option in the future. Under the new agreement, XM will also be available for other Porsche models in the future. Consumers who purchase a Porsche vehicle with XM receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the service.

In addition to XM's primary service of 170 digital radio channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, talk, and entertainment, XM will also develop satellite-delivered data services for Porsche vehicles. These services are expected to include the advanced XM NavTraffic real-time traffic data service which is now available in 44 major markets nationwide.

"XM has the technology and content that is consistent with Porsche's commitment to providing our customers the best possible driving experience," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, President and CEO, Porsche Cars of North America. "We are very pleased to be expanding our partnership with XM."

"Porsche is renowned for performance, quality, engineering, and innovation, and XM is proud to be a part of that tradition as we extend our partnership with one of the world's great brands," said Nate Davis, President and COO, XM Satellite Radio. "The fact that Porsche is offering XM exclusively is a testament to the quality of the programming we offer and our leadership in advanced technology. It underscores our company's position as the leading provider of satellite radio for the automobile market, as well as the overall leader in the satellite radio industry."

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ:XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music channels, sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Suzuki, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-3-06. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

Source: XM Satellite Radio

Web site: http://www.xmradio.com/

 

 

 

50th Edition of Rawlings Gold Glove Awards(R) for MLB Leads Off Golden Anniversary Celebration

America to Debate and Vote on All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove Team

Original 1957 Rawlings Gold Glovers to be Honored

For 50 years, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R) has been baseball's ultimate and undisputed measure of excellence in the field. This week, Rawlings will launch the award's Golden Anniversary by unveiling the 50th editions of the American League and National League Rawlings Gold Glove teams, and providing details of a nationwide fan vote to select the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team -- the greatest fielder at each position.

Nothing beats a great baseball debate, and voting for the Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team will be akin to turning a triple play: it will be a tremendous challenge ... and the debate will be feverish. How would America choose between Willie Mays, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jim Edmonds and Roberto Clemente? Johnny Bench or Pudge Rodriguez? Ozzie Smith, Derek Jeter or Omar Vizquel? Brooks Robinson or Scott Rolen? Jim Kaat or Greg Maddux?

A panel of baseball historians and experts -- including those who played, managed, governed and reported on the game -- will set the ballot: 50 players, several at each position. The ballot will be revealed and turned over to the fans during Spring Training for a national vote. The all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary Team will be revealed during the All-Star break.

Fans will be able to vote online, through mobile devices, and at select team dealers and retail locations.

"The 50th anniversary of the Rawlings Gold Glove is an opportunity to elevate discussion about what I feel is the purest part of the game -- defense," said Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, who won 13 Rawlings Gold Gloves during his career.

"While managers and coaches select the annual Rawlings Gold Glove teams, baseball always has been the fans' game," Rawlings President and General Manager Robert Parish said. "We fully expect the ballot to reach and spark discussions across generations. No fans are more passionate about their sport's history and players."

As part of the celebration, Rawlings plans to honor the original 1957 Rawlings Gold Glove team: Bobby Shantz (P), Sherm Lollar (C), Gil Hodges (1B), Nellie Fox (2B), Roy McMillan (SS), Frank Malzone (3B), Minnie Minoso (OF), Al Kaline (OF), Willie Mays (OF).

The 2006 American League and National League Rawlings Gold Glove teams are scheduled to be revealed next Thursday (Nov. 2) and Friday (Nov. 3), respectively, via an expanded arrangement between Rawlings and ESPN that includes its television and online properties. To kick off debate about the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Golden Anniversary team, ESPNews will air a special segment at 4:10 p.m. EST Wednesday (Nov. 1).

"By expanding our relationship with ESPN, fans will be able to find out the winners and interact through a wide variety of formats," Parish said. "It's the launch of an integrated marketing program that we are confident will drive brand awareness and sales as we involve our retailers and team dealers in a big, big way."

In conjunction with the anniversary, Rawlings will soon launch a new Web site -- rawlingsgoldglove.com -- as the single destination to engage and educate fans about the award and anniversary. The informational, interactive site will allow fans to research players on the ballot, cast votes, and engage in debate. Rawlingsgoldglove.com also will provide voting updates, news and more.

The greatest measure of fielding excellence since 1957, the heralded Rawlings Gold Glove Award is presented annually to 18 MLB players, one for each position, in both the National and American Leagues. These outstanding players are selected as the best fielding players at their respective positions by Major League coaches and managers prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Managers and coaches may not select players from their own club and only vote for players in their own league.

About Rawlings(R)

Rawlings(R) is a leading marketer and manufacturer of baseball equipment and other sporting goods in the United States. Rawlings is the Official Baseball and Helmet of Major League Baseball(R) and official ball of the NCAA(R) baseball championships. Rawlings is also the official basketball for the NAIA(R), NJCAA(R), AAU(R) and many other organizations as well as official football of the NAIA(R). Rawlings is the official basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer ball of the National High School Federation(R). For more information, please visit http://www.rawlings.com/ .

About the Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R)

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award(R) is a Registered Service Mark owned by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award is correctly identified as the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. The name should not be shortened, abbreviated or otherwise misused. Proper identification of this service mark using the registration symbol and the Rawlings name is important to protect the integrity of the program and perpetuate this worthy tradition.

Source: Rawlings(R)

Web site: http://www.rawlings.com/

 

Odds Indicate King James Will Be Crowned NBA MVP

PinnacleSports.com Announces Odds on 2007 NBA MVP Race

The 2006-07 NBA season doesn't tip off until tomorrow night, and already leading online sportsbook PinnacleSports.com has handicapped the race to name the league's most valuable player. The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com has calculated odds on 13 perennial All-Stars being named the 2007 NBA MVP. Although the list of pre-season MVP candidates includes four previous award winners, the oddsmakers favor one of the league's young guns to ascend to the throne of NBA royalty.

Entering only his fourth season as a professional, Cleveland's LeBron James has already become one of the league's most dynamic players, and PinnacleSports.com lists "King James" as a 2/1 favorite to become the youngest MVP in NBA history. While he entered the league with much less hype than fellow draftee James, Dwayne Wade already has an NBA title and Finals MVP on his resume and currently has the second-best odds to win the league's most valuable player award at 9/2. Two-time winner Tim Duncan is listed at 6/1 to add a third MVP to his trophy case, while Lakers star Kobe Bryant is 7/1 to capture his first, and Dallas Dirk Nowitzki is 8/1 to become the first European to be named the league's top player. Reigning two-time MVP Steve Nash is a 13/1 underdog to join the ranks of legends Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as the only "three-peat" winners in league history.

"LeBron James has improved steadily over each of his first three seasons to become one of the most complete players in the NBA, capable of putting together a triple-double anytime he walks on the floor," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "The Pistons loss of Ben Wallace could leave the door open for LeBron to lead his Cavs to a Central Division title, which alone could ascend 'King James' to the MVP throne. Dwayne Wade has replaced Hall of Famer Shaq as the World Champs best player and nobody can discount Tim Duncan who can single-handedly lead the Spurs to the league's best record. Although the odds are against him, Steve Nash puts up gaudy numbers every game and the return of Amare Stoudemire should pad his statistics while leading the Suns to yet another division title."

PinnacleSports.com believes that All-Star Elton Brand (16/1) may get serious MVP consideration if he can lead the Clippers back into the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Although widely considered one of the NBA's most talented players, Tracy McGrady is coming off yet another injury-plagued season, but presents great value at 20/1 to win the MVP. Winner of the league's top award in 2004, Kevin Garnett's (33/1) MVP hopes rest on bringing the Timberwolves back into the playoffs after last year's disastrous 33-win season. PinnacleSports.com lists 2001 MVP Allen Iverson at 35/1 to capture his second award, while 7-foot 6-inch Yao Ming is 43/1 to become the tallest MVP in league history. Meanwhile, Denver's Carmelo Anthony (45/1) and the Celtics Paul Pierce (50/1) are long shots to be named the league's top player.

For more information and a complete list of NBA odds, please visit http://www.pinnaclesports.com/ .

Current Odds: All Odds Subject to Change

Odds to Win 2007 NBA MVP

LeBron James 2/1

Dwayne Wade 9/2

Tim Duncan 6/1

Kobe Bryant 7/1

Dirk Nowitzki 8/1

Steve Nash 13/1

Elton Brand 16/1

Tracy McGrady 20/1

Kevin Garnett 33/1

Allen Iverson 35/1

Yao Ming 43/1

Carmelo Anthony 45/1

Paul Pierce 50/1

About PinnacleSports.com

PinnacleSports.com ( http://www.pinnaclesports.com/ ) is the Internet's largest sports betting site, serving customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1998, PinnacleSports.com was the first sportsbook to introduce reduced margin wagering, using a -105 pricing model that gives bettors up to 50% better value on wagers than traditional bookmakers. With low minimum bet requirements and the highest maximum limits on the web, PinnacleSports.com has earned an industry-leading reputation for providing consistent value to the player, professional customer service and the quickest payouts online. Fully licensed and regulated in Curacao, the company offers a secure environment for sports betting, racing and casino gaming.

Source: PinnacleSports.com

CONTACT: Kyle Fratini, +1-212-979-6010, or kyle@kfratini.com, for
PinnacleSports.com

Web site: http://www.pinnaclesports.com/

 

If You Love Soccer -- GolTV Is Out To Get You!!!!

Premier Sports Soccer Channel Reaches Out to Soccer Aficionados Via National Tune in Campaign

As the demand for televised soccer continues to grow in the US, GolTV is aiming to capitalize on this trend. The pioneer soccer Network announced today that it will launch an all out national tune in campaign that speaks to the hearts and minds of all soccer aficionados.

The campaign will be all encompassing and include broadcast TV and print media aimed at both English and Spanish speaking audiences, as well as trade ads tailored (advertisers) to those who would like to reach them.

"We at GolTV are taking a more aggressive stance starting this season and into 2007," said Enzo Francescoli, Founder and CEO for GolTV. "With our unsurpassed growth in 2006 and the addition of some top leagues, we are now looking to keep up the momentum and will work extra hard to strengthen the brand and expand visibility and reach for the Network and its offerings, in particular among the hardcore fans of this sport."

To be sure, the growth potential for the Network is enormous when one considers that this year the World Cup attracted an estimated 16.9 million viewers and that close to 16 million people currently play the sport in the US. But what is more astounding is the estimated fan base that can be tapped into, which consists of players, former players and fans -- currently estimated at 80 million people*.

This is the promise that GolTV sees and that is now trying to seize by reaching these Fans who will certainly appreciate the quality play, analysis and first rate leagues and soccer shows that GolTV has to offer - fans for which soccer is a nothing less that their life blood.

And the spots speak directly to this fan and their passion (the following reflects just a portion of the ad copy) ...

"Some people can't understand why you would put your job at stake ... how a mere 90 minutes can totally transform you ... nor your screams, nor your tears ...

"We do"

"It is what we are made of" (art work places emphasis on DNA concept) ...

For the full copy and samples of the spots (print and broadcast as well as trade in English and Spanish) please log onto http://www.goltv.tv/pressroom/tunein

*Sources: World Cup viewers source: New York Times, Players and Fan Base stats source SGMA and MLS.

About GolTV

GolTV is the first and only Television Network broadcasting 100% soccer in the US. GolTV was officially launched in February 2003 and brings the best games from Europe and Latin America as well as complete coverage of soccer from around the world. For more information please visit www.goltv.tv.

Source: GolTV


Web site: http://www.goltv.tv/


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