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NEW FLOOR PLAN: MARYLAND BASKETBALL COURT TO DON BANK LOGO

          The Univ. of MD has agreed to a three-year deal with
     First National Bank of MD worth "slightly more than"
     $900,000, according to Mark Asher of the WASHINGTON POST. 
     The agreement, the "largest" sponsorship deal ever by MD's
     athletic department, "will place two commercial logos in
     opposite corners of the basketball court at Cole Field
     House."  Although a contract "has yet to be signed," Univ.
     of MD AD Debbie Yow said the bank's signage would begin
     appearing on the court for the team's November 14 home
     opener against Western Carolina.  FNB VP/Corporate
     Communications Reese Nank said the logo, which will include
     the state flag, is "the centerpiece" of the deal.  The money
     from the deal "will help" MD's athletic department offset an
     anticipated $200,000 to $250,000 shortfall in projected
     football ticket sales this season.  MD joins GA Tech as the
     only schools in the ACC to sell the placing of a logo on
     their basketball courts (WASHINGTON POST, 10/31).

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