Verizon Launches Comcast SportsNet Northwest in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - Comcast SportsNet Northwest and Verizon announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that Comcast SportsNet is being included with Verizon's FiOS TV service in the greater Portland area.

Comcast SportsNet will be available in standard definition on channel 66 in the popular FiOS TV Premier programming package, which includes more than 250 all-digital channels.  Verizon expects to add Comcast SportsNet in high definition later this year.

Comcast SportsNet is the new 24 x 7 regional sports network dedicated to Northwest sports.  Comcast SportsNet features live game coverage of  more than 50 exclusive Trail Blazers games; approximately 60 NHL games, 25 featuring the Vancouver Canucks; and college sports coverage including the University of Oregon, University of Portland, Portland State University, University of Washington and Oregon State University Sports.  Comcast SportsNet also offers daily sports news and talk programming to give fans the latest updates on the teams and players that matter most across the region.

"We are excited that our audience is growing and to share our new network with sports fans that have Verizon FiOS TV," said Comcast Executive Vice President of Sports Programming David Manougian.  "We're growing because we're providing viewers with a unique and compelling mix of live game coverage and entertaining news, insight and analysis that they've never had before." 

Said Dustin Kroeger, Verizon marketing director for the West Coast, "We know that Portland sports fans are passionate about their teams and expect their TV provider to carry all the action.  We are extremely pleased to bring Comcast SportsNet Northwest's live-game coverage of the Trail Blazers, Vancouver Canucks and local college sports to the homes of FiOS TV customers in the Oregon market."

About Comcast SportsNet
Comcast SportsNet operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to 38 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast SportsNet's networks are: Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Comcast SportsNet West, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, SportsNet New York, FSN Bay Area, The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network, CSS, and Comcast Local Detroit.  These networks provide live game coverage of 18 professional teams as well as college, minor league and other sports.  For more information see www.ComcastSportsNet.com.

About Verizon Communications
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving 63.7 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of nearly 238,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.