FiOS1 to Broadcast Two Big New Jersey College Basketball Games This Weekend: Rutgers Women vs. Stanford, and Monmouth University Men vs. Florida International University

Two big New Jersey college basketball games are on tap this weekend - and Verizon FiOS1 is the only place to catch the action.

The first game features exciting men's action with Monmouth University battling Florida International University - led by its new coach, Isiah Thomas - on Friday (Nov. 13) at 7 p.m.  The game is Thomas' first in the tri-state region since leaving the Knicks.  The game will be available on FiOS1 channels in New Jersey and on Long Island.  It will also be available live on V CAST Videos from Verizon, for Verizon Wireless customers virtually anywhere around the country.

In the second game, the Rutgers women's basketball team opens its 2009-2010 season against Stanford on Sunday (Nov. 15) at 2 p.m.  The game, to be broadcast live from the Rutgers Athletic Center in Livingston, N. J., can be seen on all Verizon's FiOS1 channels as well as on V CAST Videos.

"We're thrilled to kick off this new season with what promises to be exciting matchups between some of the best teams in the nation," said Michelle Webb, Verizon's general manager and chief programming officer, FiOS1 local channels.  "FiOS1 and V CAST Videos from Verizon will offer our customers a chance to see a variety of athletic events this winter - from basketball to lacrosse and so much more."

In addition to carrying select Rutgers sporting events, FiOS1 is carrying select women's and men's basketball games featuring Princeton, Hofstra and George Mason universities.  Many of the games are carried live on the FiOS1 channels.  

Other upcoming women's basketball games to be broadcast on FiOS1 are: 

  • Buffalo at Hofstra,  Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

  • Boston College at Rutgers, Nov. 19 at  7:30 p.m.* 

  • Stony Brook at Hofstra, Dec.1 at 7 p.m.

  • George Mason at Hofstra, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

  • Northeastern at Hofstra, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

  • Louisville at Rutgers March 1 (live) 7:30 p.m.*

* Game also available on V CAST.

Since it first started broadcasting in June, FiOS1 New Jersey and FiOS1 Long Island are bringing subscribers new options for hyper-local content including news, sports, traffic and weather, and other exciting programming. The channel is only available on the Verizon FiOS network and can't be found on cable TV.

Verizon's FiOS TV offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 500 all-digital channels including more than 126 HD channels and more than 18,000 monthly VOD titles, 70 percent of which are free.  In addition, FiOS TV VOD includes more than 2,400 HD titles.  FiOS TV also provides next-generation interactive services including an advanced interactive media guide; news, entertainment and social TV widgets; remote DVR management; multi-room DVR; and more.  Verizon FiOS Internet is a leader in providing the fastest broadband connections, delivering Internet access with downstream connection speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upstream connections of up to 25 Mbps.

For the latest news, updates and information about FiOS, visit www.verizon.com/newscenter and www.verizon.com/athomeblog.

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