Skeeter Products, Inc., Signs with BASS

CELEBRATION, Fla. — Skeeter Products, Inc., manufacturer of Skeeter brand high performance boats, and BASS, the worldwide authority on bass fishing, announced Tuesday that Kilgore, Texas-based Skeeter has joined BASS as an Official Boat sponsor of the organization and its prestigious tournament structure.

 As part of the agreement, Skeeter becomes a premier sponsor of the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens and the Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors.

 Skeeter will also sponsor the six BASS Federation Nation Divisionals and Federation Nation Championship, with additional commitment to BASS' youth initiatives: the Bassmaster CastingKids Championship and the Junior Bassmaster World Championship.

 "This is a great way for Skeeter to kick off its 60th anniversary as both Skeeter and BASS share a rich heritage in the bass fishing industry," said Jeff Stone, senior vice president and general manager of Skeeter. "It is only fitting that we combine our passion for the sport to embrace and further enhance the success and growth of tournament fishing."

Skeeter will have a presence at Bassmaster Elite Series events and the Bassmaster Classic. Additionally, Skeeter will be the presenting sponsor of the BASS Federation Nation Club World Championship.

 The agreement also includes a large presence across BASS' considerable multi media platforms, including ESPN2 Outdoors programming, www.Bassmaster.com and www.ESPNOutdoors.com.

 Both organizations are celebrating significant milestones. In 2008, Skeeter turns 60 while BASS is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

 "We are delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BASS with Skeeter Boats as an official boat sponsor," said Tom Ricks, vice president and general manager of BASS. "We know their reputation in the industry and applaud their devotion to growing the sport of bass fishing."

 For more information on Skeeter Boats, visit www.skeeterboats.com.

 For a logo of Skeeter and other related photos, click here.

 To download the anniversary logos for both organizations, click here. To register for a username and password, click here.

 About BASS

 For 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multi-media platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer, considerable web properties in www.Bassmaster.com and www.ESPNOutdoors.com and television programming on ESPN2, the organization is committed to providing relevant content from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage to its passionate audiences.

 The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women's Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.

 BASS also offers a wide array of services to its more than 525,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

 About Skeeter Products, Inc.

 Skeeter Products, Inc. makes fishing and boating fun and rewarding with owner's tournaments, "Real Money" tournament incentive program, and a top-notch dealer network. Skeeter's heritage dates back to 1948, and today it designs and manufactures innovative and high-performing bass, walleye, fish & ski and saltwater boats. Skeeter is the recipient of six consecutive CSI customer satisfaction awards, and its boats are NMMA certified to meet strict U.S. Coast Guard and American Boat & Yacht Council standards. For a catalog call (800) SKEETER, or for more information visit www.skeeterboats.com.

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 Doug Grassian at 407-566-2216 or doug.grassian@espn.com. Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

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