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New Era named headwear provider
Inaugural New Era/ABL baseball caps now on sale
10/06/2010 9:00 AM ET
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) today announced that New Era Cap Co., Inc., the world's leading headwear designer and manufacturer, and the official cap of Major League Baseball, has been selected as its exclusive headwear provider. As part of the landmark agreement, all six of the League's teams will don New Era's iconic 59FIFTY caps, when the inaugural 40-game season begins on 6 November 2011.

New Era will also provide the exclusive headwear merchandise for the ABL and each of its clubs: the Adelaide Bite, Brisbane Bandits, Canberra Cavalry, Melbourne Aces, Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox.

Fans can preorder their exclusive ABL New Era headwear at www.theabl.com.au. ABL New Era caps are a great gift. Be part of history and show support for your favorite ABL team by sporting their official game day headwear. These caps are available for preorder and will be shipped to you as soon as they arrive from production. You should expect them to arrive during the middle of November if you order today. The Official New Era game caps are shown at the top of the page.

ABL Baseball Operations Manager Ben Foster said the alliance highlights the League's commitment to providing a world-class baseball experience.

"We are thrilled to usher in this exciting new chapter in Australian baseball history in partnership with New Era," Foster said. "The ABL is committed to providing the best overall baseball experience to Australian players and fans alike, so we couldn't be happier to be partnering with New Era, the market leader and global standard in headwear."

New Era Senior Vice President, Jim Grundtisch noted that the company's commitment to the Australian Baseball League marked a continuation of its investment in developing the game globally.

"We are proud of our association with the Australian Baseball League at this historic time in Australia," Grundtisch said." "New Era is excited to help expand the sport's footprint in Australia and throughout the Asia Pacific region. As the ABL showcases the future stars of the game, it is only appropriate that they should be wearing the official cap of Major League Baseball on their journey."

In addition to its designation as "Exclusive Headwear of the Australian Baseball League," New Era will also receive branding and promotion in ABL stadiums and publications.

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is Australia's premiere professional baseball competition, and will commence its inaugural season in November 2010. A joint venture between the Australian Baseball Federation, Major League Baseball and the Australian Sports Commission, the ABL will feature a 40-game season and serve to elevate baseball's profile in the Australian sports landscape and fuel participation in the game. The ABL seeks to become the most fan-friendly and accessible sports code in Australia and to showcase, on home soil, enormously talented Australian baseballers, who for decades have excelled on the international stage. Australia's rich baseball heritage dates back to the first game played between Richmond and Collingwood in 1857. In 2004 Australia brought home Olympic Silver, beating baseball juggernaut Japan. All told more than 300 Australians have played professionally including 28 for Major League Baseball. The establishment of the ABL is the latest success in the long-term partnership between MLB and the ABF. The Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program began in 2001 to provide world-class coaching, training and development opportunities for elite young players and has led to a 40% increase in the number of Australians playing professional and college baseball.

About New Era Cap Co., Inc.
New Era products have been a canvas for consumers to showcase their individuality and personal style for over 90 years. With billions of headwear styles, its best known for being the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball as well as creating the iconic 59FIFTY fitted cap. New Era continues to be a lifestyle brand of choice not only with its headwear collections, but also accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, and is a Participating Company (PC) of the Fair Labor Association. For more information on the brand, visit www.neweracap.com.