Jim Bouton Named Keynote Speaker for Affiliate Summit 2006 East

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Affiliate Summit, Inc. has named New York Yankee 20-game winner, best selling author, TV Sportscaster, actor, inventor, and businessman, Jim Bouton as the Keynote Speaker for the Affiliate Summit Conference to be held July 9-11 in Orlando.

The Affiliate Summit Convention will be held July 9-11 in Orlando, Florida. The Summit is presented by Shawn Collins and Missy Ward and provides the unique opportunity for affiliate marketing professionals to gather and learn from one another in a cooperative environment.

The Affiliate Summit 2006 Keynote Speaker, Jim Bouton, won 21 games for the New York Yankees and made the all-star team in 1963. In 1964 he won 18 games and beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series.

In 1969 he wrote Ball Four, the funny, controversial, all-time bestseller that revealed baseball players as human beings. Ball Four was recently selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "Books of the Century." The latest update, titled Ball Four: The Final Pitch, is now entertaining a new generation.

In 1970 Bouton retired from baseball and became a television sportscaster in New York where he helped WABC-TV and then WCBS-TV climb to 1st place in the ratings. During the 70's he wrote a sequel to Ball Four entitled I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally, earned good reviews in a Robert Altman movie, The Long Goodbye, and created, wrote and acted in a CBS network TV sitcom based on his book.

In 1978 Bouton made a comeback to baseball with the Atlanta Braves. Gambling his television career for a dream, Bouton rode hot buses and ate cold hamburgers for two years in the minor leagues before he was called up by the Atlanta Braves. When the 39 year old knuckleballer beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1, it was his first major league win in eight years.

During his comeback Bouton helped create Big League Chew, shredded bubble gum in a pouch, so ballplayers could look right without getting sick. Big League Chew, introduced in 1980, has replaced chewing tobacco at many high schools and colleges.

In 1996 Bouton received the highest honor of his career when he was featured in The Sports 100, "The One Hundred Most Important People in American Sports History," published by Macmillan. This book, which covers 150 years, contains only 21 people from the world of baseball.

In 1998, after 28 years, Bouton was finally invited to Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium when his son Michael wrote a letter to The New York Times saying the Yankees should forgive his dad for having written Ball Four.

The paperback update to his new book, Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark, Plus Part 11, has just been published by Lyons Press.

Bouton, who lives in Massachusetts with his wife Paula Kurman, is a frequent guest on radio and television. His hobbies are building stone walls and ballroom dancing.

“We are very excited to have secured Jim Bouton as the keynote speaker for our July 2006 show,” stated Shawn Collins, co-founder of Affiliate Summit.

“Jim is a business visionary who has repeatedly reinvented himself. Long before buzz marketing was a catchphrase, Bouton was generating word of mouth advertising. Affiliate marketers will benefit greatly from his keynote,” continued Collins.

Registrations are now open for Affiliate Summit 2006, and attendees can take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $949 to register for the conference. After March 31, the rate will be $1,449.

It is important to note that all previous Affiliate Summit Conferences have sold-out in advance. Attending Affiliate Summit is a worthwhile experience, providing you the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience of the affiliate marketing industry while networking with the leaders in this space.

For more information about the Affiliate Summit Conference, please visit http://www.AffiliateSummit.com. For up-to-date information about the affiliate marketing industry, subscribe to the Real Deal Newsletter – the Official Newsletter of Affiliate Summit at http://www.RealDealNewsletter.com

About Affiliate Summit, Inc.

Affiliate Summit, Inc. was founded by affiliate marketing industry veterans Shawn Collins and Missy Ward and serves the affiliate marketing professional community. With three consecutive sold-out Affiliate Summit Conferences under its belt, its mission to be the leading global source of learning and networking opportunities surrounding the affiliate marketing industry has been brought to fruition. For additional information about the conference, please visit http://www.affilatesummit.com or contact:

Missy Ward


Shawn Collins


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