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September 20, 2000

Sound Tigers to play in Bridgeport

Bridgeport Professional Sports, L.L.C., announced today its team name and colors and showcased its team logo for the first time. The franchise will begin play in the AHL in October of 2001 as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Fan input, gained through an extremely successful 'Name the Team' Contest and refined through a series of informal focus groups, provided a clear message as to what the team name should include. According to Team President, Roy Boe, there was an overwhelming insistence that the team name include 'Bridgeport', the city in which it will play. "We have had the same feelings that the citizens of Bridgeport and the surrounding towns expressed. It was always out intention to include 'Bridgeport' in our name and we are anxious for our team to become an active part of the city's rebirth and a new source of community pride," Boe confirmed.

According to newly named Executive Vice President Peter Ricciardi, many of contest respondents expressed a desire for the team's name to reflect the region's geography and history. The clear-cut choice for geographic reference was specifically the Long Island Sound. Respondents cited the immeasurable impact of the Sound on the region's economic history and the recreational activities of its residents. "Our fans absolutely wanted 'Sound' to be a key part of our team's name," Ricciardi added.

Bridgeport's long and storied relationship with the circus was a consistent theme among the hundreds of suggested names. Ricciardi continued, "Tigers were, by far, the most requested animal or character due primarily to Bridgeport's fascination with the circus."

The team also unveiled an 'Official Definition' describing the unique characteristics of the unusually colored feline. An icy blue tiger with bold black stripes and intense golden eyes represents an immensely fast, relentless and powerful feline found only along the shores of the Long Island Sound near Bridgeport, CT., esp. known for its agile movement on icy surfaces and its relentless pursuit of its prey.

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