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ESPN Foam Table Tennis Anyone?

Endless Games Partners With "Worldwide Leader In Sports" To Put "Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone Tennis" Back On The Table

South Amboy, NEW JERSEY – January 30, 2009 – Endless Games, America's classic board game specialist, announced today the development of The Official ESPN Foam Table Tennis Set™. The game will be showcased – and ready for play– at the upcoming New York Toy Fair in February 2009, with shipment ready for June.

Table tennis was created in the late 19th Century as a playful outlet to bring tennis indoors. In the 1970's, table tennis was at the forefront of two major social revolutions. Following exhibition matches with US players in China, "ping pong diplomacy" opened the doors for President Nixon's historic visit. Likewise, electronic table tennis – in the form of Atari's Pong, released in 1972 – is recognized as the first video game to achieve significant commercial success. Today, table tennis is the largest participation sport in the world; according to the International Olympic Committee, which made table tennis an Olympic sport 20 years ago, over 40 million people play competitively worldwide.

"The recent surge in the popularity of table tennis – as attested by the thousands of fans celebrating their passion in Yahoo, MeetUp and Facebook groups; the opening of several dedicated table tennis clubs throughout New York City; celebrity involvement, including Susan Sarandon, Owen Wilson and 50 Cent; and ongoing media coverage for the sport – makes the case why foam table tennis is a can't-miss, Top 10 game for 2009," says Brian Turtle, National Sales Director for Endless Games. "Simply put, people of all ages, nationalities, gender and even political affiliation are meeting in apartments, dorm rooms, clubs, pool halls, laundry rooms, etc. to get in on the fun."

The Official ESPN Foam Table Tennis Set includes all of the fun, excitement and action of traditional table tennis. Best of all, anyone can play it – anytime and anywhere – as players can turn almost any surface in to a tournament-worthy court. The set is comprised of an adjustable, plastic net that snaps together in seconds, free of any clamps, screws or brackets, and the foam ball and soft plastic paddles make it safe to play indoors and out.

The Official ESPN Foam Table Tennis Set from Endless Games has an MSRP of $19.99, and is recommended for ages eight and up.


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About Endless Games:
Founded by industry veterans Mike Gasser, Kevin McNulty and game inventor Brian Turtle, Endless Games (EG) specializes in games that offer classic entertainment and hours of fun at affordable prices. The three have an uncanny ability for discovering and developing hit games, with past successes Trivial Pursuit™ Pictionary® and Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon™. Currently featured are several board games based on widely popular, long-running television game shows, including The Price is Right™, The Newlywed Game™ and Million Dollar Password™, as well as the recently released The Godfather ™Trivia Game. EG also has exclusive U.S. distribution rights to wildlife and dinosaur collectables from CollectA®, and offers a selection of jigsaw puzzles under the new Endless Puzzles brand. To learn more about the company and where to purchase its unique line of entertainment products, visit www.endlessgames.com.