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eBay Launches 23 Sites, Adds Pro Sports

In a continuation of its strategy to develop regional trading sites, eBay Inc. Monday rolled local versions in 23 addition cities and announced a deal with Athlete Direct to let customers bid on equipment signed or worn by professional sports' most popular athletes.

eBay boosted its number of nationwide local sites to 53 to continue its online auction dominance. New sites include: Cleveland, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, Portland, Houston, Orlando, New Orleans, Miami, Buffalo, West Palm Beach, Greensboro, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Louisville, San Antonio, Memphis, Rochester, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Ia.; Dayton-Springfield, Ohio; Kansas City, Billings-Boise, Idaho and Bismarck-Pierre, S.D.

eBay's (EBAY) regional sites give clients an easier way to trade difficult-to-ship items including automobiles, musical instruments and sporting goods.

eBay's partnership with Athlete Direct will let consumers bid on equipment from local sports stars. Athlete Direct is part of Broadband Sports Inc., a leading Internet provider of original content and commerce for hundreds of individual sports communities. All proceeds from these sales will be donated to the athlete's sponsored charity.

Items that eBay offers for sports fans include:

  • In Tampa Bay, Buccaneer Warrick Dunn is offering the perfect holiday gift package: an autographed football helmet, two tickets to a home game and a personalized holiday card signed by Warrick -- mailed to the person of your choice
  • In Atlanta, bid on a meeting with Jamal Anderson before an upcoming Falcons game
  • In Denver, the chance to meet Shannon Sharpe of the Broncos before an upcoming home game. The winning bidder will also receive two tickets to the game. Shannon is also offering signed helmets and footballs on eBay, in time for the holidays
  • In Cincinnati, the opportunity to meet Bengal Akili Smith before an upcoming game and lunch with Akili at a local restaurant.
  • In San Francisco Bay Area, a game-used baseball bat signed by Oakland Athletic Jason Giambi. Jason and fellow Athletic Matt Stairs are offering numerous signed items on eBay this holiday season, ranging from shoes to baseball cards.
  • In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers is auctioning off the autographed cast that was on his broken wrist. Also up for bid are an autographed game jersey and the chance to meet Kobe before an upcoming Lakers game

"Our regional sites are bringing new types of merchandise online, from that difficult-to-ship car or set of golf clubs, through to musical instruments and professional barbecue sets," said Jeff Jordan, vice president and general manager of regional at eBay.

eBay's regional sites are accessible from the "Bid Locally" area on the eBay home page.