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Basketball Floor Sought for Aircraft Carrier that Buried bin Laden

The Morale Entertainment Foundation, a company that organizes entertainment for military troops in the United States and abroad, is looking for a sports floor manufacturer to supply a surface for the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The floor will be used for an on-deck college basketball game between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State University on Veterans Day.

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Dubbed the Carrier Classic and slated to air on ESPN, the game could be in jeopardy if the USS Carl Vinson - the carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea in May - is called into action again. Outdoor basketball contests are tricky since neither the hardwood nor the players take well to rainfall. Just in case, a contingency floor will be placed in a hangar deck inside the carrier, according to AB sister publication Hardwood Floors.

Morale is soliciting bids for the floor, a process that should be completed by mid-July, according to the company's Michael Whalen. For more information on the bidding process, Whalen can be reached at whaaahhh@aol.com or 770/973-9023.

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