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RAWLINGS EXTENDS ITS BASKETBALL RELATIONSHIP WITH NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

 RAWLINGS EXTENDS ITS BASKETBALL RELATIONSHIP
 WITH NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
 ST. LOUIS, April 1 /PR NEWSWIRE/ -- Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, a division of Figgie International Inc. (NASDAQ: FIGI), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have announced a five-year contract extension for the Official Basketball for NCAA Championships. Rawlings has exclusively supplied these basketballs to the NCAA Division I, II, and III Men's and Women's Championships since 1986. The five-year extension includes an exclusive license for Rawlings to produce NCAA logoed basketballs for competitive/institutional use as well as retail distribution.
 Rawlings' Inflatables Product Manager, Eric Reinsfelder, adds, "Rawlings has established itself as the Official Basketball at the collegiate level and the acceptance of our products at retail has been tremendous since our association with the NCAA. Our relationship is strong, and we look forward to maintaining this exclusive agreement for may years to come."
 "The NCAA is pleased with the extension of the basketball agreement because of the dedication, enthusiasm and fine craftmanship exhibited by Rawlings over the last six years," adds Jack Waters of the NCAA.
 Rawlings is a division of Figgie International Inc., a diversified Fortune 500 company serving consumer, industrial, technical and service markets worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: M. Scott Smith of Rawlings, 314-349-3500/
 (FIGI) CO: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company ST: Missouri IN: LEI SU:


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