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The ESPN Ultimate End Zone Celebration Contest; Fans Live out Touchdown Fantasy and Compete for a Chance to Win Big!!!

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Mutual:

WHAT: Contestants to show off their best end zone celebration strut, dance or crazy routine and win big! Pre-qualified fans get 30 seconds to run a football down an artificial turf field and into the end zone in front of a large, cheering audience in Manhattan's Union Square Park to show the world just how they'd rejoice if they scored the winning touchdown! A panel of former pro football players will judge contestants on originality and entertainment value.

And, we're putting on a fan tailgate party, too, complete with free food, music and entertainment!

Grand Prize Winner receives all of the following:

-- 40" BRAVIA(TM) XBR(R) LCD Flat Panel HDTV

-- Sony DVD Dream(R) System

-- DreamSeat Recliner (with your choice of teams from NFL, NBA, NHL & MLB)

-- ESPN Stadium Soccer (Foosball)

-- ESPN Fast Action Football

-- X Games 20" Moto X BMX Bike

WHO: Master of Ceremonies -- Actress/TV Personality Maria Menounos

Judges -- Former Pro Football greats:

Ickey Woods (creator of the "Ickey Shuffle")
Freeman McNeil
Ottis Anderson

Quarterback -- Average Joe's Adam Mesh

WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

WHERE: Union Square Park -- Greenmarket -- New York City
(Press Entrance at corner of 17th Street and Union Square East)

WHY: To celebrate the launch of the new ESPN Total Access(TM) Visa(R) card, ESPN and WaMu are giving fans an opportunity to preview card rewards and live out a sports fantasy.


-- 11:40 - 11:55 a.m. -- Interviews with celebrity judges: Ickey Woods, Freeman McNeil, Ottis Anderson

-- 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. -- Photo/video of fans performing their end zone moves

-- 1:00 - 1:15 p.m. -- Prizes and awards ceremony

-- 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. -- Interviews with ESPN, WaMu and VISA spokespeople

-- 1:15 - 1:30 p.m. -- Interviews with contestants, winners/losers

-- Photo/video of fan party in Union Square Park

CONTACT: WaMu Lisa Friedman, 212-326-6059 cell: 917-626-8378 or ESPN Sandra John, 212-515-1207 cell: 917-344-0570 SOURCE: Washington Mutual