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McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Rafter to compete at Madison Square Garden in NASDAQ Indexes Cup

October 22, 2012 01:44 PM
Pete Sampras ended the 2011 season ranked No. 1.
NEW YORK -- Tennis legends John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Pat Rafter will be competing in the NASDAQ Indexes Cup as part of the PowerShares Series Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York on November 5.  Formerly known as the Champions Series, the PowerShares Series will visit a total of 12 U.S. cities during its seven-week season.

In addition to McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras and Rafter, the tour, produced by legendary impresario Larry Magid, will feature fellow Grand Slam champions Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Mats Wilander, as well as Davis Cup champion Todd Martin. The athletes will be competing for a prize pool totaling $1 million to be shared by the top three finishers at the conclusion of the season. Each PowerShares Series tournament will showcase four of the legendary players competing for ranking points playing in two one-set semifinals, followed by a one-set championship match.

Pete Sampras finished the 2011 season as the No. 1-ranked player, followed by Jim Courier and Andre Agassi.

"We are thrilled to be coming to Madison Square Garden with the PowerShares Series," said Jon Venison, partner at InsideOut Sports + Entertainment. "New York audiences expect to see the best, and this event will showcase four former world No. 1s and US Open champions competing against each other in a one-night shootout tournament. It will be a fantastic night of tennis at The Garden."

"The name change to PowerShares Series tennis reflects our ongoing support for this highly successful tour, which has garnered valuable exposure for PowerShares QQQ," said Jason Schoepke, Chief Marketing Officer at Invesco PowerShares. "We are confident the 2012 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will continue to advance the PowerShares brand with our core audiences and look forward to this year’s events."

Tickets and unique interactive VIP fan experiences for the 2012 PowerShares Series are on sale now. For complete tour and ticket information, visit http://www.PowerSharesSeries.com/.

The PowerShares Series is a tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30, created in 2005 by InsideOut Sports + Entertainment, the New York-based firm that is co-owned and operated by former SFX executive Jon Venison and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

PowerShares Series 2012 Tour Schedule:
October 13: Surprise, Ariz. – Surprise Tennis Stadium – McEnroe, Connors, Martin, Courier
October 17: Chicago – United Center – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
October 18: Detroit – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
October 19: Boston – TD Garden – Sampras, McEnroe, Courier, Connors
November 2: Philadelphia – Wells Fargo Center – McEnroe, Sampras, Courier, Rafter
November 5: New York – Madison Square Garden – McEnroe, Agassi, Sampras, Rafter
November 9: Tampa, Fla. – Tampa Bay Times Forum – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 10: Atlanta – Gwinnett Center – Connors, McEnroe, Wilander, Courier
November 16: San Jose, Calif. – HP Pavilion – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 17: Las Vegas – Mandalay Bay Hotel – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 29: Denver – Pepsi Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier
November 30: Anaheim, Calif. – Honda Center – Agassi, Chang, McEnroe, Courier

InsideOut Sports + Entertainment is a New York City-based independent producer of proprietary events and promotions founded in 2004 by former world No. 1 and Hall-of-Fame tennis player Jim Courier and former SFX and Clear Channel executive Jon Venison. In 2005, InsideOut launched its signature property, the Champions Series, a collection of tournaments featuring the greatest names in tennis over the age of 30. In addition, InsideOut produces many other successful events, including "Legendary Night" exhibitions, charity events and corporate outings. Since inception, InsideOut Sports + Entertainment has raised over $4 million for charity. For more information, please log on to www.InsideOutSE.com or www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Promoting and producing over 16,000 concerts and live events, Larry Magid is considered one of the architects and contemporary leaders of the live entertainment business. He has spent 49 years in the entertainment business with some highlights, including producing Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, the largest-grossing non-musical in Broadway's history, and receiving a Tony Award and producing the U.S portions of Live Aid and Live 8.

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $57.6 billion as of December 31, 2011, PowerShares ETFs trade on both U.S. stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.

PowerShares QQQ™, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on the NASDAQ-100 Index®, is one of the largest and most traded ETFs in the world. Under most circumstances, QQQ will consist of all of the stocks in the index, which includes 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market based on market capitalization.


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