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New Balance Named Official Footwear Provider of Major League Baseball Umpires

May 5th 2011

Boston, MA -

Global athletic leader New Balance announced today that it will be the official on-field footwear provider of Major League Baseball Umpires. Through the multi-year agreement, New Balance will supply all turf shoes, plate shoes and other athletic footwear used on-field. New Balance will also support "Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)" with a $50,000 product donation.

"New Balance is excited to outfit Major League Baseball umpires, the most elite officials in the game of baseball." says Mark Cavanaugh, General Manager of Sports Marketing at New Balance. "We are proud to showcase our innovative and technical product on a premier stage and look forward to providing comfortable, protective footwear to officials at all levels to ensure they can perform at their best."

"We're happy to welcome New Balance into the baseball family, and are glad to see our umpires provided with safe and comfortable footwear," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball. "We're equally thrilled with the support New Balance is providing to the RBI program, which in 2011 alone will provide opportunities to more than 200,000 kids across the country."

"Umpires have to be quick on their feet for extended periods of time, so comfort is of the utmost importance," said Joe West, President of the World Umpires Association, which represents all Major League umpires. "We're very happy with the commitment from New Balance to outfit our crews with innovative footwear that is both protective and comfortable."

This season Major League Baseball umpires will be outfitted in the New Balance MU450, a full grain leather umpire shoe equipped with ABZORB® cushioning for comfort during long games behind the plate and a protective flap and steel toe for protection from errant balls and bats (MSRP: $110.00). The New Balance MF995 will also be available for officials on the diamond. The MF995 is a lightweight synthetic/leather shoe with a nubbed rubber outsole for maximum grip (MSRP: $80.00 mid-cut, $75.00 low-cut). All New Balance umpire shoes are available in a range of sizes and widths for a custom fit.

New Balance will support the RBI program with a footwear and apparel donation worth $50,000. The program works with young people to increase participation and interest in the games of baseball and softball, while also promoting academic involvement and achievement, as well as teamwork.

About New Balance

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. New Balance employs more than 3900 associates around the globe, and in 2010 reported worldwide sales of $1.78 billion. For more information, please visit

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