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Staples Offers 'March Madness' to Local Businesses in 3-On-3 Corporate Challenge
WESTBOROUGH, Mass./PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 1999--Staples the Office Superstore, in association with the Phoenix Suns, is challenging area small businesses to take to the courts for a corporate version of March Madness, and an opportunity to compete against other businesses in the "Staples Corporate Challenge", a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for company teams.

"Recognizing the competitiveness of our small business customers in the workplace, Staples encourages all small businesses to take part in this fun and unique on-court competition," said Dick Neff, senior vice president of western operations for Staples. "Why just sit around and watch basketball this March, when you can get out there and play?"

Businesses may register for the "Staples Corporate Challenge" by visiting one of 16 participating Staples stores in the Phoenix area, now through March 19. Brochures are available at all checkout and customer service counters. The winning company team will be invited to bring 20 people to watch a Phoenix Suns game at a luxury suite and will receive a $1000 gift certificate from Staples. The second and third place teams will receive a $500 gift certificate from Staples.

The "Staples Corporate Challenge" is available to area businesses and is being conducted as part of the Phoenix Suns' "Rock-The'Rim" tournament, Arizona's largest 3-on-3 basketball competition, open to the general public. Games and activities are to be conducted March 26-28 at Patriot Park in downtown Phoenix. This is the second year that the Phoenix Suns have hosted the tournament, and the first year that Staples has been a sponsor. Over 1,000 teams and 4,000 players competed in 1998 before thousands of spectators. More information about the tournament can be found at

Staples Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and business from home based businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 37,000 employees serving customers through more than 940 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. Staples is the naming rights partner for Los Angeles' new sports and entertainment venue, STAPLES Center, scheduled to open in October 1999. More information can be found

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