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Designated Drivers Recognized at the Finals 2014 Through the "Responsibility Has Its Rewards" Sweepstakes

(June 06, 2014)

San Antonio, TX, June 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- San Antonio Spurs fan Jim Corbin was extremely excited after the
Spurs won game 1 of The Finals 2014 last night.  Corbin was
named "Designated Driver for the Season" for the Spurs and attended
Game 1 as a grand prize winner of the "Responsibility Has Its
Rewards" sweepstakes.

San Antonio Spurs Designated Driver for the Season wins gran
(left to right) Carl Mittleman, Aramark President of Sports & Entertainment; Aurelio Ruelas, Anheuser-Busch Regional Responsibility Director; Abeer Klosk, NBA Security Analyst; Jim Corbin, San Antonio Spurs Designated Driver for the Season; Judy Corbin, guest of winner; Shannon Walsh, Service Innovation with the San Antonio Spurs; John Daniels, NBA Vice President of Security; Jared Smalley, TEAM Coalition Event Manager; Ryan Pitts, Aramark Director of Concessions at AT&T Center.

Gerald Mitkowsky was named "Designated Driver for the Season"
for the Miami Heat and will attend Game 3 of The Finals as the
other grand prize winner of the sweepstakes.  Corbin and
Mitkowsky were randomly selected among all of the fans who pledged
to be designated drivers at the Spurs and Heat home games.
Designated drivers pledge to refrain from drinking alcohol and
provide their friends and family with a safe ride home.

Throughout the season, the NBA, Techniques for Effective Alcohol
Management (TEAM) Coalition and NBA teams across the country have
worked together to make more fans aware of the designated driver
programs at NBA arenas, encourage responsible drinking, positive
fan behavior and promote traffic safety. The success of those
efforts is demonstrated by the fact that nearly 65,000 adults
pledged to be designated drivers during the 2013-14 NBA season. In
addition to the two grand prize winners, the "Designated Driver for
the Season" from the New York Knicks, Brian Fagen, was selected to
attend the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York, NY, the first prize
in the annual sweepstakes.

The top five NBA teams for designated drivers at the end of the
2013-14 season are:

  • Dallas Mavericks with 9,892 designated drivers

  • Oklahoma City Thunder with 8,200 designated drivers

  • Houston Rockets with 7,330 designated drivers

  • Sacramento Kings with 7,004 designated drivers

  • San Antonio Spurs with 4,262 designated drivers

"The success of the 'Responsibility Has Its Rewards' campaign
with the NBA this season is a direct result of the commitment from
the league, the teams and all the campaign partners," said Jill
Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. "Teamwork is what
this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone
- including the fans - takes responsibility, everyone wins."

About TEAM Coalition

TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate
sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaries, stadium service
providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, traffic
safety experts and others working together to promote responsible
drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment
facilities. TEAM Coalition members and supporters include National
Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer,
NASCAR, National Football League, National Hockey League, National
Collegiate Athletic Association, ARAMARK, Delaware North Companies
Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Institute, National Beer
Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch Companies, MillerCoors,
Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters,
Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association
of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  For more information
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A photo accompanying this release is available at:

CONTACT: Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition. 703-647-7431,

TEAM Coalition

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