Verizon Reaches Carriage Agreement With SportsNet New York

NEW YORK - Verizon today announced a carriage agreement with SportsNet New York (SNY), the television home of the New York Mets and New York Jets, which launched March 16. SNY will air on channel 67 - beginning March 30 - on Verizon FiOS TV, Verizon's new fiber-optic TV service, which is currently available in the New York market in Massapequa Park, Nyack and South Nyack. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are pleased that SportsNet New York will be available to Verizon FiOS TV customers," said Jon Litner, president of SportsNet New York. "We look forward to joining Verizon's emerging platform and providing their subscribers in Long Island, Rockland County, and ultimately to other parts of the New York market, with the most comprehensive coverage of all New York sports - including the New York Mets home-opener on April 3."

Said Terry Denson, Verizon vice president of FiOS TV content strategy & acquisition, "This agreement with SportsNet New York shows how two companies can cooperate to offer quality sports programming to Verizon customers. We are extremely pleased to bring extensive coverage of the Mets and Jets, compelling sports news and other event-programming to the homes of FiOS TV customers in the NY market."

SportsNet New York will be part of FiOS TV's Expanded Basic package, which features 180 digital channels and more than 20 high-definition channels. SportsNet New York will complement other major cable and network channels available to Verizon subscribers.

About SportsNet New York:

SportsNet New York (SNY), which launched March 16, 2006, is New York's new regional sports network founded by Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner and Comcast. SNY is a 24/7 regional sports and entertainment television network that will feature up to 125 regular season New York Mets telecasts - as well as provide unparalleled live sports and local news coverage to the Tri-State area through three nightly "SportsNite" shows. SNY will be available to viewers in New York, Connecticut, most of New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to Mets games, SNY is also the official year-round television home of the New York Jets, providing viewers the most exclusive coverage and access to the Jets organization and its players. SNY will also televise other professional and collegiate sports, including basketball and football games from the Big East and Big Ten conferences, as well as classic sports and event programming. SNY will also feature exclusive interview and magazine programs.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other communication innovations to wireline and wireless customers. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million customers nationwide; one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks; and one of the nation's premier wireline networks, serving home, business and wholesale customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 250,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.