IDG’s Network World Net Bowl 98 Call for Sponsors

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., (November 10, 1997) – Network World today announced its second annual Net Bowl (TM) '98 to benefit NetDay 2000. Net Bowl 98 is a one-hour game show of computer networking trivia to be held live at NetWorld+Interop '98 Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton on May 6.

The Network World Net Bowl '98 challenges an East and a West Coast team to a game of industry trivia. Like Net Bowl '97, all proceeds will go to NetDay 2000, the national grass roots volunteer effort, endorsed by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, to wire the nation's K-12 schools so they can network their computers and connect to the Internet.

At the inception of NetDay, President Clinton made the following plea to America:

"I am writing to urge you, your company, and your employees to participate in … NetDay, a volunteer effort to design, install, and test internal wiring in schools all across America this fall. NetDay is a key element of our national strategy for using American advances in technology to meet the needs of our children and schools." (Source: www.netday.org)

IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION

"Network World supports the efforts of NetDay 2000 to prepare our children for the challenges of the future and we're proud to be a part of it," said Colin Ungaro, President and CEO, Network World. "With our combined efforts, we can all help reduce the economic and technological barriers that prevent schools from reaping the benefits of Internet and communications

technologies. I urge companies to help in the effort and join Network World by sponsoring this worthy cause."

"The Network World Net Bowl '98 is a great opportunity to support NetDay," said Michael Goodman, Vice President and General Manager, NetWorld+Interop. "We are pleased that Network World will produce the event again at this

year's NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas. It's a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to support the admirable efforts of NetDay 2000."

SPONSORSHIP PARTICIPATION

Network World Net Bowl '98 sponsorship packages cost $5,000 and all proceeds will be donated directly to NetDay 2000. Sponsors receive the following:

Company logo on promotional materials, signage and banners at event

Company logo on Net Bowl '98 ad to run in Network World

Company description page in Net Bowl '98 event guide

Table space at the event for promotional materials

Complimentary event tickets

Promotional spot on "Network World Live TV"

Companies are invited to donate door prizes for additional exposure. Equipment, services, and monetary donations of any size will also be accepted, announced by the Master of Ceremonies, and passed on to NetDay. Companies interested in sponsoring Network World's Net Bowl '98 or making donations should contact Joanne Wittren at (508) 820-7432 or

jwittren@nww.com. Sponsorships must be received no later than Monday, March 23, 1998.

The event starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 1998 in the Las Vegas Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road (adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center). The event will also be Webcast live over the Internet at www.nwfusion.com.

Network World, (http://www.nwfusion.com), an International Data Group (IDG) publication, is the industry's only newsweekly shaping the future of network computing in the enterprise. Through its publishing, education, software and online products and services, Network World empowers Network IS professionals with the knowledge to deliver the open applications and

infrastructure required to meet their evolving business needs.

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading IT media, research, and exposition company. Founded in 1964, IDG had 1996 revenues of $1.7 billion and now has more than 8,500 employees worldwide.