April 04, 2007

Newly Drafted Rookies First To Sign New Team Cards

Cleveland, Ohio April 4, 2007 – Discover® Card today announced the launch of its new WNBA Team Affinity Cards which will be on display tomorrow during the WNBA's draft day festivities held at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland.

WNBA fans who apply for the team-affiliated Card, as well as existing Discover Cardmembers, will have access to the unique “Discover Card Fan Lounge” at select WNBA arenas. Fans can show their Discover Card to gain access to the Lounge and have the chance to meet WNBA players while enjoying a VIP experience.

The new Affinity Cards featuring the 13 WNBA teams are part of the multi-year agreement signed last year between Discover Card and the WNBA making Discover Card the official credit card of the WNBA.

“Our new WNBA Team Affinity Cards are another example of Discover Card's efforts to bring new and exciting benefits to our cardmembers as well as WNBA fans,” said Dana Traci, Vice President of Retail Partner Marketing for Discover. “The WNBA Team Affinity Card shares all of the best-in-class benefits and features Discover Card offers, such as innovative Cashback Bonus® rewards, award-winning customer service and industry leading fraud protection. In addition, Discover Cardmembers will enjoy exclusive benefits at WNBA games.”

“With Discover® Card engaging with us in such a meaningful and substantial way, we are able to offer WNBA fans and Discover Cardmembers unique access to our league, our teams and our players,” said league President Donna Orender. “Our fans are extremely supportive of league partners and this program will give fans an even greater incentive to be engaged Discover Cardmembers."

The new WNBA Team Affinity Card delivers the best cash back earnings and experience. As part of Discover Card's line of Cashback Bonus products, the card shares the foundational best-in-class features as well as the 5% Cashback Bonus Get More Program, allowing cardmembers to earn more rewards in popular categories that change four times a year like gas, travel, apparel, restaurants, movies and more. Like all Discover Cards, the new WNBA Team Affinity Card comes with no annual fee and unlimited cash rewards that never expire as long as you use your card. To make their money go even further, cardmembers can also earn 5-20% Cashback Bonus all-year round when shopping at top online retailers such as, and Barnes& through ShopDiscover

Additionally, Discover Card will make a $20 donation to WNBA Cares charitable partners to be identified at the launch of the season for each new account upon first purchase.

To apply for a WNBA Team Affinity Card, please visit The site goes live within the next week. The WNBA team design is in addition to the 150 card designs Discover Card currently offers. Existing cardmembers can also visit the site to select a new WNBA team design.

About Discover Financial Services LLC,
Discover Financial Services LLC, a business unit of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), operates the Discover Card with more than 50 million cardmembers, and the Discover Network with more than 4 million merchant and cash access locations. Discover Financial Services also operates the PULSE ATM/debit network, which serves over 4,400 financial institutions and includes nearly 260,000 ATMs, as well as POS terminals nationwide. For more information, visit, or

About the WNBA
Featuring 13 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women's professional team sports league in U.S. history. The WNBA tips off its second decade of play in 2007 and will feature a record number of national telecasts. ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise up to 36 games nationally during the 2007 regular season and playoffs. NBA TV will complement ABC and ESPN2's coverage by televising 70 regular-season and up to nine playoff games. Highlighting ESPN2's schedule of 16 regular season telecasts is the second consecutive year of “WNBA Tuesday,” which includes five doubleheaders and gives fans the opportunity to watch WNBA action on 11 of 14 Tuesday nights throughout the season. ABC will broadcast five regular season games and the WNBA All-Star 2007 taking place at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Sunday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the WNBA, visit

Discover Card Contact:
Leslie Sutton, Director of Public Relations, Discover Financial Services LLC

WNBA Contact:
Ron Howard, Director, Communications