The cricket card-don’t leave home without it
Quick! Which Brit wrist-spinner throws the nastiest googly? How many tests did Goochie play for England? If you’re not a fan of English cricket, continue to let your eyes glaze over the page; if you are and you don’t know the answers to these questions, it’s probably high time you invested in Serious Global’s line of English cricket CD-ROM cards. Dubbed The England Dream Tour, the set includes 16 tiny credit card-shaped CD-ROMs, each containing a wealth of statistical information on the U.K.’s 16 greatest cricket players from the last decade. Doubtless ideal for settling schoolyard (and pub) debates on just who the best English bowler is, the cards will play on a regular CD-ROM drive, retailing for US$4.50 each or US$54 for the whole set.
Acting on behalf of The England and Wales Cricket Club (ECB), U.K. agent Copyrights Promotions licensed London-based software company Serious Global to produce the cards (available at sports and hobbies stores throughout the U.K. starting this month) to coincide with the August test series between the ECB and the West Indies. Each card will store up to 32 megabytes worth of text, audio and video. Serious Global, which also produces licensed cards based on 20th Century Fox’s animated feature Titan A.E., will release Serious Snooker, a set commemorating Britain’s greatest snooker players, in October.
Spalding joins XFL huddle
Wrestling impresario Vince McMahon’s gonzo football league-in-waiting, the XFL, has inked its first licensee. Spalding Sports Worldwide has signed on to produce on- and off-the-field footballs for the XFL. In addition to the official black-and-red, all-leather game ball, Spalding will create six other SKUs, which will retail for between US$10 and US$80, when they reach stores in October. Jointly owned by the World Wrestling Federation and NBC, the XFL is scheduled to kick off its first season of operations on February 2 in eight U.S. cities. SA