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FIRST TEAM SPORTS/ULTRA WHEELS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF ASICS CORPORATION AS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR IN JAPAN

 MINNEAPOLIS, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- First Team Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: FTSP), manufacturers and distributors of Ultra-Wheels(R) in-line skates and accessories, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Asics Corporation as exclusive distributor of Ultra-Wheels products in Japan. David Soderquist, president, stated, "The company is very proud to have such an accomplished and experienced company to distribute its expanded line of in-line skates, accessories and street hockey equipment. In-line skates represent a natural extension of athletic shoes, and will nicely compliment Asics' current line of footwear and leisure products."
 John Egert, executive vice president, said, "The channels of distribution required by Ultra-Wheels are currently being utilized by Asics, allowing us to immediately place Ultra-Wheels products in Japanese sporting goods outl.? We feel in-line skating has the potential of becoming very popular in Japan, given the active Japanese lifestyles."
 Seiji Mihara, president of Asics Corporation, said, "Ultra-Wheels in-line skates, which are popular among joggers in the U.S.A. and Europe, are becoming popular here in Japan. We are extremely excited to become the exclusive distributor of Ultra-Wheels in Japan. Fitness is booming in Japan, and more importantly in-line skates offer fun."
 First Team Sports, Inc. manufactures and distributes high quality in-line roller skates and accessories under the trademarks Ultra-Wheels and Skate Attack(R). The company's products are manufactured and assembled to its specifications in the United States and foreign countries. Ultra-Wheels skates are endorsed by company spokespersons Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones Gretzky, Katarina Witt, Brett Hull, Kurt Browning and Team USA Hockey. First Team Sports is traded on NASDAQ National Market under the symbol FTSP.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Niles, director of marketing for First Team Sports, 612-780-4454/
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