The NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Dallas-based Match.com, the global leader in online dating, have teamed up to create a relationship channel, Mavs Match.com Zone, powered by Match.com and hosted on the Mavericks official Web site, dallasmavericks.com. Single Mavericks fans visiting the team's site for information about upcoming games, players, stats or to purchase game tickets now have the opportunity to search for other Mavs fans and romance on the site. Match.com is the exclusive provider of personals for the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs Match.com Zone gives registered Zone members exclusive access to upcoming promotions like the "Win A Date With A Player/Dancer Sweepstakes," which began on Friday, April 2.
Singles at least 21 years old are eligible to enter the sweepstakes to win a special date by logging on to dallasmavericks.com and clicking on the Mavs Match.com Zone through April 19, 2004. The Dallas Mavericks have selected 1 (one) professional basketball player, Jon Stefansson, and 1 (one) Dallas Mavericks dancer, Lindsay Shoulders, to be paired with the eligible winning man and woman, respectively. The dinner date for each couple will include limo transportation to and from dinner.
"We're excited to be able to give Dallas Mavericks fans a chance to use Match.com to connect with each other and to find romance," said Tim Sullivan, President, Match.com. "We think a shared passion for basketball and the Mavs can be a great foundation for a relationship."
The Win A Date With A Player/Dancer Sweepstakes is one of several exciting promotions for singles that will result from the partnership between the Mavs and Match.com. The first promotion, "Mavs Match.com Zone VIP Date Night," awarded a Match.com member and his date with a limo ride to and from the Saturday, April 3 Mavericks home game, along with game tickets and dinner for two in American Airlines Center's Platinum Club.
"A good mix of our fans are young, single and share a passion for the Mavs," said Matt Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President of Marketing/Communications for the Mavericks. "Our partnership with Match.com allows us to provide a place for all of them to come together in a social environment and have some fun while meeting other single Mavs fans."
Match.com is the world's biggest online dating and personals property, according to the first global ranking of the Personals category by industry-leading independent measurement firm comScore Media Metrix in January, 2004. Operating 31 unique Match.com or co-branded subscription-based online dating sites in 18 local languages, spanning six continents, Match.com offers adults worldwide a fun, private and secure environment for meeting each other. Match.com's personals businesses, including udate.com, claim more than 974,000 paying subscribers and millions of members. Based on resignation survey data the Company calculates that more than 200,000 Match.com members met the person they were seeking on the site in 2003 alone. Match.com powers paid online dating on MSN, EarthLink; BET Interactive and is the premier provider of personals for Love@AOL, offering the Match.com service across AOL, AOL.com, CompuServe and Netscape.com. Match.com offers wireless dating with MatchMobile (www.matchmobile.com) and events and vacation opportunities for singles through its sites MatchLive.com and SpeedMatching.com, both operated by its affiliate, MatchLive, L.L.C., and MatchTravel.com. Match.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI).
About Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks began as a National Basketball Association (NBA) expansion franchise in 1980. The 2002-03 season was the club's best season to date as the team recorded a franchise-record 60 regular-season wins and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. As the 2003-04 season winds down the club is preparing for its fourth consecutive playoff appearance. For more information about the Dallas Mavericks, including players, statistics, schedules, tickets and more, visit dallasmavericks.com.
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