Princeton and Hofstra university football, soccer and even water polo are coming to Verizon's FiOS1 channels on Long Island, and in New Jersey and the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. The two universities are joining Rutgers and Georgetown in bringing exciting collegiate sports programming to the Verizon FiOS TV network.
"This is a great opportunity to bring Princeton and Hofstra sports to those communities where it matters most," said Michelle Webb, Verizon's general manager and chief programming officer, FiOS1 local channels. "We're kicking off the fall sports season with football and men's and women's soccer - and that's just the beginning."
The first live football game of the 2009 season will be broadcast Saturday (Sept. 5) on FiOS1 Long Island when Hofstra takes on Stony Brook at 7 p.m. The game will be found only on Verizon's FiOS network.
"We are happy to enter into this partnership with Verizon's FiOS1," said Hofstra University Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. "Our visibility on the Verizon FiOS1 channel will give our fans another outlet to watch their favorite Pride athletic teams."
Michael Cross said Princeton University's executive associate director of athletics, said, "We are very enthusiastic about our new partnership with Verizon FiOS1 that will provide fans of Princeton Athletics with meaningful television coverage of the student athletes and coaches from many of Princeton's 38 athletic teams."
Among the Princeton events to be aired on FiOS1 over the next couple of weeks are the women's soccer team hosting Hofstra on Friday (Sept. 4) and the Princeton-Citadel football game on Sept. 19.
Other Hofstra football games to be aired on FiOS1 Long Island are James Madison at Hofstra on Oct. 3, New Hampshire at Hofstra on Oct. 24 and University of Massachusetts at Hofstra on Nov. 21.
FiOS1 New Jersey will broadcast the Rutgers women's soccer matches with Villanova on Sept. 27, Notre Dame on Oct. 9 and Syracuse on Oct. 15. The channel will also broadcast the Rutgers men's soccer match with Syracuse on Oct. 2.
In the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, FiOS1 will broadcast the Georgetown-Yale football game on Sept. 19 and the Georgetown-Howard game on Sept. 26.
In addition to football and soccer, Verizon FiOS1 also plans to broadcast other events including basketball, wrestling and water polo. All games will be available for free on video on demand in the FiOS1 Local Zone folder.
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