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|ESPN Gives Fans VIP Access to Sports' Most Exciting Events Through the New ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) Card|
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2006--Beginning today, fans will have the opportunity to sign up for the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card -- the most comprehensive affinity credit card for sports fans ever. The card allows fans to earn rewards tied to their enthusiasm for sports, and provides unique access to a wide range of sporting events and VIP experiences that only ESPN can provide
"The ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card offers unparalleled rewards for fans who are hoping to get closer to their favorite sports and gain insiders' access to sporting events," said Rick Alessandri, senior vice president, ESPN Consumer Products. "And fans can enjoy this card without having to give up the traditional rewards programs that they are accustomed to, like travel rewards and gift cards to leading retailers, because this card offers those options as well."
The ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card, issued exclusively by Washington Mutual (WaMu), gives fans the opportunity to:
-- Get unprecedented VIP and game-day access. Through the ESPN
Total Access(TM) Rewards Program, earn insider access to a
wide range of sports experiences, from local games to the most
sought after sporting events around, including pro
championships and all-star games for football, baseball,
basketball, golf, tennis, racing, poker and horse-racing.
Fans making purchases with the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card will receive five points for every dollar spent on purchases made from ESPN and one point for every dollar spent anywhere else.
Other ESPN Total Access(TM) Rewards include:
In addition to offering a best-in-class rewards program, the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card available from WaMu has competitive rates and no annual fee.
"The ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card brings us together with the number one sports multimedia company in the world to provide consumers with a great sports affinity card," said Warren Wilcox, senior vice president of Marketing for Washington Mutual.
To celebrate the launch of the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card, fans may apply for the card and be automatically entered into the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card "Make Your Picks" Sweepstakes by going to www.ESPNMakeYourPicks.com. Fans with a Mobile ESPN phone can simply text "TA" to 43776 to be entered.
One grand prize winner will choose his or her top five ESPN prizes, including travel, lodging and transportation, featuring total access to all the chosen experiences. Some of the prizes include VIP access to the 2007 ESPY Awards Show and ESPN-hosted parties; Winter X Games in Aspen; $1000 shopping spree on ESPNShop.com; and more.
Fans may enter the sweepstakes from Sept. 14, 2006, to Jan. 31, 2007. Winners will be notified in late February. No purchase necessary to enter. Fans may visit www.ESPNMakeYourPicks.com for complete official rules.
To learn more about or apply for the ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card, which features no annual fee and competitive rates, fans may visit www.espnrewardsvisa.com.
ESPN, Inc. is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of seven domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN Today), ESPN and ESPN2 HD simulcast services, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (networks, syndication, radio, web sites), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN360 (Broadband), Mobile ESPN, ESPN on Demand, ESPN Interactive and ESPN PPV. Based in Bristol, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.
About Washington Mutual
Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation's leading consumer and small business banks. As of June 30, 2006, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $350.70 billion. The company has a history dating back to 1889 and its subsidiary banks currently operate more than 2,600 consumer and small business banking stores throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at http://newsroom.wamu.com.
About Visa USA
Visa USA is the nation's leading payment brand and largest payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumers and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs. Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders in the payment system -- members, cardholders and merchants. Through its 13,432 member financial institutions, more than 510 million Visa-branded cards have been issued to cardholders in the United States. Last year, U.S.-based financial institutions relied on Visa's processing system, VisaNet, to facilitate $1.6 trillion in transactions with unparalleled reliability. Worldwide, cardholders in more than 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume. Visa offers a trusted, reliable and convenient way to access and mobilize financial resources -- anytime, anywhere, anyway.
CONTACT: Washington Mutual