Verizon and Joey Galloway Team Up to Tout Verizon FiOS TV Service

TAMPA, Fla. - Verizon and Joey Galloway are teaming up to remind Tampa Bay area consumers that if they want to have the most advanced cable sports offerings in the area, they need to "pass" their TV service to Verizon.

"We are very excited to welcome Joey Galloway to the Verizon FiOS family," said Suri Surinder, Verizon's senior vice president and general manager for operations in the Southeast.  "While Joey is known for his speed on the field, this is not a fast-talking exercise.  Our rapidly growing TV customer base in the area knows that the pitch he will deliver is right on point - FiOS TV provides consumers with the most versatile sports channels via ultra-clear fiber-based transmissions, including a high-definition picture that is unparalleled."

Tampa Bay area radio stations will begin broadcasting ads today that feature Galloway, the star NFL wide receiver, and highlight the sports offerings on FiOS TV, including NFL Network.  Print ads will also be featured over the next couple of months, and Galloway's likeness will be featured on various digital billboards.  The sentiment of the ad campaign is best represented by a Galloway quote that will appear in the print ads: "I switched to Verizon FiOS from Bright House to get NFL Network.  You should too!"

Verizon offers 11 sports channels on its FiOS TV Premier offering, including ESPNU, ESPN Classic, Versus and NFL Network, as part of the $42.99 monthly stand-alone price. Customers with a high-definition set-top box can also view NFL Network HD plus four other high-definition sports channels as a part of the 31 HD channels FiOS TV offers overall.  By year-end, Verizon will increase the number of HD channels to 150.

In addition to the standard sports package provided by FiOS TV, customers can also add a 14-channel premium sports package for $7.99 per month, offering three Fox college sports channels, the Tennis Channel, the Golf Channel and Fox Sports Espanol, among others.  To view the full lineup, customers can visit www.verizon.com/fiostv.

Verizon, providing FiOS services on the nation's most advanced digital all-fiber-optic network, now offers FiOS TV in each of the six counties it serves in west central Florida. 

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