EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. PARTNERS WITH JEN SCHROEDER TO CREATE GAME-CHANGING CATCHER’S GEAR SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR FEMALE ATHLETES UCLA Baseball Renews Sponsorship Deal with Easton INAUGURAL BAT DIGEST AWARDS CROWN EASTON’S 2020 BAT LINEUP WITH MORE AWARDS THAN ANY OTHER BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT BRAND NEW “EASTON COLAB SERIES” KICKS OFF WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM FORMER MLB PLAYER AND DYNAMIC ARTIST CJ BEATTY EASTON CALLS UPON LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO BATTLE FOR HITTING SUPREMACY OVER 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING, EASTON’S ICONIC “GREEN EASTON” BASEBALL BAT RETURNS TO FOREVER CHANGE THE GAME ONCE MORE EASTON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS WITH 50 DIVISION I NCAA BASEBALL PROGRAMS FOR THE 2019 SEASON EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SURPRISES TOP INFLUENCERS AND CREATORS FOR FIRST-EVER “FUTURE OF BASEBALL SOCIAL MEDIA” SUMMIT AS PART OF NEW TEAM EASTON EXPERIENCE Easton-Bell Sports and Good Sports Help L.A. Youth Swing for the Fences at Bat Donation Day Easton-Bell Sports Reaches Agreement to Sell Easton Baseball/Softball to Bauer Performance Sports for $330 Million EASTON & Factory Athletics Expand Partnership Easton Helps Little League World Series Players Maximize Their Potential with Latest Technology and Easton Hit Lab Experience EASTON Partners with Top Fastpitch Softball Instructor Jen Schroeder EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. BRINGS ICONIC “GREEN EASTON” LOOK TO SLOWPITCH BAT WITH NEW SCHOOL POP EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SUPPORTS EXTENDED TIMELINE FOR FUTURE USSSA SLOWPITCH BAT RULE CHANGE Easton Diamond Sports, LLC Renews as Official NFCA Sponsor Easton 'Stay Ready' Campaign Keeps Baseball, Softball Communities Connected Exclusive Apparel Technology for Performance Sports Group Scientifically Shown to Improve Athlete Performance EASTON and Blast Motion Launch Sensor Technology for Baseball, Softball EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. UNLEASHES THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY BASEBALL BAT LINEUP IN THE GAME, PUSHING THE LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE FOR BBCOR, USSSA AND USA Ripken Baseball and Easton Announce Exclusive Partnership EASTON CONGRATULATES UCLA FOR WINNING THE 2019 NCAA SOFTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP UCLA Softball Renews Sponsorship Deal with Easton Important SAFETY Notice from Easton re BLACK MAGIC 2.0 Catcher’s Helmets Bauer Performance Sports Completes Acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ANNOUNCES NEW FIRE FLEX IV SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BATS WITH MASSIVE ROSTER OF TOP PRO MEN AND WOMEN PLAYERS EASTON READY TO “LIGHT UP THE SHOW” IN 2019 WITH NEW MLB SIGNINGS EASTON HEADS TO 2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES® WITH NEW COLLABORATIONS; CREATES EXCITING EXPERIENCES FOR TEAMS & FANS EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS KBO SUPERSTAR KWANG-HYUN KIM EASTON’S 2021 B5 PRO BIG BARREL BRINGS FORMER HOME OF THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BACK TO ITS FORMER GLORY IN NEW VIDEO Easton Baseball to #LightUpTheShow in 2018 EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SIGNS ON AS OFFICIAL ABCA PARTNER Easton-Bell Announces Key Executive Appointments and Promotions at Easton Sports EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH, MAKING THE HOTTEST BAT IN THE GAME EVEN HOTTER WITH ALL-NEW GHOST ADVANCED FASTPITCH SOFTBALL BAT EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. EXPANDS FACE PROTECTION LINE, WITH ADDITIONS TO POPULAR EXTENDED JAW GUARD COLLECTION AND NEW UNIVERSAL JAW GUARD SYSTEM EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS NEW MODEL TO CELEBRATED FAMILY OF GHOST DOUBLE BARREL FASTPITCH BATS EASTON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS WITH 59 DIVISION I NCAA FASTPITCH PROGRAMS FOR THE 2019 SEASON EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS TOP SOFTBALL INSTRUCTOR AND NATIONAL CHAMPION LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN TO CELEBRATED TEAM OF FASTPITCH AMBASSADORS Easton Diamond Sports, LLC. Partners with Top Softball Instructor Morgan Stuart to Further Bolster Content and Innovations Specifically Designed For Female Athletes EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. LAUNCHES FIRE FLEX™ COMIC BATS WITH THE POP SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL PLAYERS NEED TO HIT DINGERS LIKE SUPERHEROES EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. PARTNERS WITH DICK’S SPORTING GOODS TO CREATE EPIC LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL® WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE Rawlings Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire Easton Diamond Sports Easton Sports and Blast Motion Announce Collaboration for the Easton Power Sensor Easton and Baseball Factory Team Up to Take Player Performance to the Next Level EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. INTRODUCES ALPHA BATTING HELMET, WITH NEW DESIGN FOR A BETTER AND LONGER-LASTING FIT EASTON HAS THE BIGGEST BARREL IN THE GAME YET AGAIN WITH INTRODUCTION OF MAXUM ULTRA BASEBALL BAT EASTON INTRODUCES BAT TRADE IN AND TRADE UP PROGRAM EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS NEW LIMITED-EDITION GOLD COLOR-WAY BAT TO CELEBRATED FAMILY OF GHOST ADVANCED FASTPITCH BATS EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS JUSTIN TURNER TO IMPRESSIVE ROSTER OF MLB AMBASSADORS AS LOS ANGELES PREPARES TO HOST 2020 ALL-STAR GAME
Easton Helps Little League World Series Players Maximize Their Potential with Latest Technology and Easton Hit Lab Experience EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS NEW LIMITED-EDITION GOLD COLOR-WAY BAT TO CELEBRATED FAMILY OF GHOST ADVANCED FASTPITCH BATS EASTON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS WITH 59 DIVISION I NCAA FASTPITCH PROGRAMS FOR THE 2019 SEASON EASTON READY TO “LIGHT UP THE SHOW” IN 2019 WITH NEW MLB SIGNINGS EASTON CALLS UPON LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS TO BATTLE FOR HITTING SUPREMACY EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS NEW MODEL TO CELEBRATED FAMILY OF GHOST DOUBLE BARREL FASTPITCH BATS Easton-Bell Sports Reaches Agreement to Sell Easton Baseball/Softball to Bauer Performance Sports for $330 Million UCLA Softball Renews Sponsorship Deal with Easton Easton-Bell Sports and Good Sports Help L.A. Youth Swing for the Fences at Bat Donation Day Ripken Baseball and Easton Announce Exclusive Partnership Bauer Performance Sports Completes Acquisition of Easton Baseball/Softball UCLA Baseball Renews Sponsorship Deal with Easton Easton Sports and Blast Motion Announce Collaboration for the Easton Power Sensor Easton and Baseball Factory Team Up to Take Player Performance to the Next Level Easton Baseball to #LightUpTheShow in 2018 Exclusive Apparel Technology for Performance Sports Group Scientifically Shown to Improve Athlete Performance EASTON Partners with Top Fastpitch Softball Instructor Jen Schroeder EASTON & Factory Athletics Expand Partnership EASTON and Blast Motion Launch Sensor Technology for Baseball, Softball Easton-Bell Announces Key Executive Appointments and Promotions at Easton Sports Easton Diamond Sports, LLC. Partners with Top Softball Instructor Morgan Stuart to Further Bolster Content and Innovations Specifically Designed For Female Athletes Easton Diamond Sports, LLC Renews as Official NFCA Sponsor EASTON CONGRATULATES UCLA FOR WINNING THE 2019 NCAA SOFTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. PARTNERS WITH DICK’S SPORTING GOODS TO CREATE EPIC LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL® WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. UNLEASHES THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY BASEBALL BAT LINEUP IN THE GAME, PUSHING THE LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE FOR BBCOR, USSSA AND USA EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SIGNS ON AS OFFICIAL ABCA PARTNER EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ANNOUNCES NEW FIRE FLEX IV SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL BATS WITH MASSIVE ROSTER OF TOP PRO MEN AND WOMEN PLAYERS EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. EXPANDS FACE PROTECTION LINE, WITH ADDITIONS TO POPULAR EXTENDED JAW GUARD COLLECTION AND NEW UNIVERSAL JAW GUARD SYSTEM EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SUPPORTS EXTENDED TIMELINE FOR FUTURE USSSA SLOWPITCH BAT RULE CHANGE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SURPRISES TOP INFLUENCERS AND CREATORS FOR FIRST-EVER “FUTURE OF BASEBALL SOCIAL MEDIA” SUMMIT AS PART OF NEW TEAM EASTON EXPERIENCE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. PARTNERS WITH JEN SCHROEDER TO CREATE GAME-CHANGING CATCHER’S GEAR SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR FEMALE ATHLETES EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. INTRODUCES ALPHA BATTING HELMET, WITH NEW DESIGN FOR A BETTER AND LONGER-LASTING FIT INAUGURAL BAT DIGEST AWARDS CROWN EASTON’S 2020 BAT LINEUP WITH MORE AWARDS THAN ANY OTHER BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL EQUIPMENT BRAND EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS TOP SOFTBALL INSTRUCTOR AND NATIONAL CHAMPION LAUREN CHAMBERLAIN TO CELEBRATED TEAM OF FASTPITCH AMBASSADORS EASTON HEADS TO 2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES® WITH NEW COLLABORATIONS; CREATES EXCITING EXPERIENCES FOR TEAMS & FANS EASTON INTRODUCES BAT TRADE IN AND TRADE UP PROGRAM EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS KBO SUPERSTAR KWANG-HYUN KIM EASTON’S 2021 B5 PRO BIG BARREL BRINGS FORMER HOME OF THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BACK TO ITS FORMER GLORY IN NEW VIDEO EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. BRINGS ICONIC “GREEN EASTON” LOOK TO SLOWPITCH BAT WITH NEW SCHOOL POP NEW “EASTON COLAB SERIES” KICKS OFF WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM FORMER MLB PLAYER AND DYNAMIC ARTIST CJ BEATTY Rawlings Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire Easton Diamond Sports OVER 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING, EASTON’S ICONIC “GREEN EASTON” BASEBALL BAT RETURNS TO FOREVER CHANGE THE GAME ONCE MORE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. SUPPORTS EXTENDED TIMELINE FOR FUTURE USSSA SLOWPITCH BAT RULE CHANGE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ADDS JUSTIN TURNER TO IMPRESSIVE ROSTER OF MLB AMBASSADORS AS LOS ANGELES PREPARES TO HOST 2020 ALL-STAR GAME EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. LAUNCHES FIRE FLEX™ COMIC BATS WITH THE POP SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL PLAYERS NEED TO HIT DINGERS LIKE SUPERHEROES EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS, LLC. ACHIEVES BREAKTHROUGH, MAKING THE HOTTEST BAT IN THE GAME EVEN HOTTER WITH ALL-NEW GHOST ADVANCED FASTPITCH SOFTBALL BAT Easton 'Stay Ready' Campaign Keeps Baseball, Softball Communities Connected EASTON HAS THE BIGGEST BARREL IN THE GAME YET AGAIN WITH INTRODUCTION OF MAXUM ULTRA BASEBALL BAT Important SAFETY Notice from Easton re BLACK MAGIC 2.0 Catcher’s Helmets EASTON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS WITH 50 DIVISION I NCAA BASEBALL PROGRAMS FOR THE 2019 SEASON

RAWLINGS ENTERS INTO DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE EASTON DIAMOND SPORTS

COMBINED ORGANIZATION WILL CREATE PRE-EMINENT BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL COMPANY

ST. LOUIS, MO and THOUSAND OAKS, CA (October 20, 2020) – Rawlings Sporting Goods, Inc., (Rawlings), and Easton Diamond Sports, LLC, (Easton), announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Rawlings to acquire Easton. The transaction will strengthen the Rawlings and Easton brands, enhance product innovation and enable investments to grow the game.

“Over the years, Rawlings and Easton have shared a dedication to being best in class, which is the one constant that ultimately inspired our coming together and what will create the best baseball and softball company in the world,” said Mike Zlaket, President and CEO of Rawlings. “Whether it’s our products, innovation and technology, relationships with our customers, players and consumers, or our service to the game, Rawlings has never compromised. That will be especially true moving forward with the many opportunities and advantages our new integrated operation will provide everyone who loves baseball and softball.”

“The Easton and Rawlings brands complement each other exceptionally well and will deliver an improved value proposition to all stakeholders, including teams, players, coaches, dealers and associations throughout the industry,” said Dan Jelinek, President of Easton. “We believe the combination of these two leading brands will accelerate innovation, provide for greater investments in growing baseball and softball, and positively impact all constituents in and around the sports of baseball and softball.”

“Major League Baseball is committed to growing baseball and softball worldwide,” said Chris Marinak, Chief Operations and Strategy Officer at MLB. “Rawlings and Easton are both All-Star companies. Capitalizing on the strength of these two companies will help drive future growth opportunities for both baseball and softball at all levels of play.”

Strategic Rationale

The transaction will create a leading baseball and softball equipment provider with a more diverse multi-brand portfolio that is supported by a deeper pool of expertise and talent. The combined organization will be positioned to further invest into R&D, drive product innovation, offer a one-stop shopping experience for customers, enable increased support for retail partners and expand customization options for players at all levels. The brands will invest to grow the games of baseball and softball, an initiative that will strengthen the industry overall, and create opportunities for enhanced partnerships.

Transaction Details

The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of U.S. regulatory clearance. Until close, Rawlings and Easton will remain separate companies and continue to operate independently. Existing shareholders of Peak Achievement Athletics Inc., the parent of Easton, will continue to participate as minority owners in the combined organization.

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About Rawlings

Established in 1887, Rawlings is an innovative leading global brand and manufacturer of premium baseball and softball equipment, including gloves, balls, and protective headwear. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality, innovative engineering and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more professional athletes, national governing bodies and sports leagues choose Rawlings. Rawlings is the Official Baseball, Helmet, Face Guard and Glove of Major League Baseball, the Official Baseball of Minor League Baseball and the Official Baseball and Softball of the NCAA and the NAIA. The company is headquartered in St. Louis. For more information, please visit www.Rawlings.com.

About Easton

Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Easton is an iconic global brand in diamond sports. Easton manufactures bats, bags, helmets and other baseball and softball equipment and apparel. The company’s commitment to innovation and game-changing technologies propelled Easton to a leading bat position in the industry, and the company has long-established industry partnerships, including as the Official Equipment Supplier to Little League Baseball and Softball. For more information, visit www.Easton.com.