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FIRST TEAM SPORTS SIGNS MULTI-YEAR ENDORSEMENT AGREEMENT WITH FIGURE SKATING SUPERSTAR KATARINA WITT

FIRST TEAM SPORTS SIGNS MULTI-YEAR ENDORSEMENT AGREEMENT WITH FIGURE
 SKATING SUPERSTAR KATARINA WITT
 MINNEAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally renowned figure skating superstar Katarina Witt has signed a multi-year endorsement agreement with First Team Sports, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: FTSP), manufacturer of Ultra-Wheels in-line skates, street hockey equipment and related accessories. Witt was present for the announcement that was made at a press conference held this morning at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.
 Under the agreement, Witt will promote and endorse the company's line of Ultra-Wheels in-line skates and accessories. In addition, she will be instrumental in the design of a signature line of "Katarina" in- line skates and ice skates.
 First Team Sports, Inc., together with their international marketing partner Atomic For Sport in Austria, will utilize the Witt endorsement to build the Ultra-Wheels brand in the United States and around the world.
 David Soderquist, president of First Team Sports, Inc., said, "We are ecstatic to have Katarina representing the Ultra-Wheels product line. Katarina's association with Ultra-Wheels will contribute to the growth of the women's in-line skate market as well as strengthen our current marketing efforts to expand Ultra-Wheels internationally."
 Witt commented, "I am excited about my new relationship with Ultra- Wheels and to be at the forefront of the fastest growing sport in the world. In-line skating is unique because it has such broad appeal; it is enjoyed by both men and women, kids and adults. I am especially thrilled to work together with Ultra-Wheels to design my signature line of in-line skates and ice skates."
 Witt, a resident of Berlin, began her skating career at the age of five. Her greatest and most memorable accomplishments have been the back-to-back 1984 and 1988 Olympic Gold medal victories, a feat accomplished by only one other figure skater. Since turning professional, Witt has won two of the world's richest figure skating competitions. Earlier this year, Witt was the expert analyst for CBS' broadcast of the figure skating portion of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Witt also won a 1990 Emmy Award for her starring performance in the title role of HBO's "Carmen on Ice."
 Witt will join the Ultra-Wheels endorsement team which includes Ultra-Wheels corporate spokespersons Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet Jones Gretzky. Other celebrity endorsees include NHL top goal scorer Brett Hull and figure skating champion Kurt Browning.
 First Team Sports, Inc. manufactures and distributes high quality in-line roller skates and accessories under the trademarks Ultra-Wheels and Skate Attack. The company's products are manufactured and assembled to its specifications in the United States and foreign countries. First Team Sports is traded on NASDAQ National Market under the symbol "FTSP."
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 /CONTACT: Susan Niles of First Team Sports, 612-780-4454/
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