Deliver Your News to the World and Verizon Join Forces to Crown The King of Fandom


Winner Will Take Home the Ultimate Tailgate Vehicle Plus $25,000

The search for the most passionate sports fan in the country was launched and Verizon, with the ultimate enthusiast to be crowned “King of Fandom.”

In a unique national promotion, between now and Sept. 19, Verizon broadband customerswill be able to register for the King of Fandom competition in the sports section of the entertainment portal ( and take the daily three-question sports quiz. The person with the highest total score at the end of the competition will be named the über fan - a live-game junkie who must watch games from beginning to end and isn’t satisfied with just catching the highlights. The winner of the King of Fandom will not only revel in the glory of the title, but will also win a one-year lease on the ultimate tailgate vehicle -- a customized Ford F-250 pickup truck -- and $25,000 to indulge the definitive sports event road trip.

“This promotion marries the two most important attributes of – our unmatched live event offering and our affiliated Internet service providers,” said Matt Murphy, senior vice president, digital video distribution, ESPN. “We expect to continue to build upon the growth and success of in the coming year, and Verizon FiOS and High Speed Internet customers will be able to take full advantage of our increasingly robust live event schedule.”, the company’s signature, next-generation broadband sports network,

recently launched a new user interface and adopted a new programming strategy. The service will present more than 2,000 live sporting events in the next 12 months, delivering multiple live events at a time and spanning a global lineup, including (but not limited to): college football and basketball; NBA games; NASCAR Nextel and Busch Series races; International rugby; U.S. and international soccer matches. is free to fans and is currently available in more than 17 million homes nationwide that receive their high-speed Internet connection from an affiliated service provider such as Verizon. has more than doubled its distribution since August 2006.

“Our Verizon Internet subscribers can now enjoy more live sports action than ever before on their PCs and laptops, both at home and away from home,“ said Bill Heilig, Verizon vice president for broadband services. ” already is a premier part of our online entertainment programming, and we’re delighted to further enhance that experience. It demonstrates our commitment to boosting the value of Verizon broadband and our new fiber-optic network for Verizon customers, any of whom could be the next King of Fandom.”

The King of Fandom competition will pose questions developed by Howie Schwab, sports
trivia master and host of ESPN’s Stump the Schwab. The questions will test fans’ sports knowledge and highlight upcoming live sports programming on the newly relaunched Fans may enter once per day throughout the promotional time frame of Sept. 1-19 at the Verizon Surround website. The competitor with the highest score will earn the national title and the rewards that go along with the crown. An official coronation event will take place at the ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn., at the end of September. The winner will be recognized by a member of ESPN’s on-air team and drive away in the grand prize – The King of Fandom customized truck.

The customized Ford F-250, designed with the ultimate fan in mind, includes a Dell XPS M1710 laptop computer with a 17-inch screen and a free year of Verizon High Speed Internet service. The truck features custom graphics, KVH Tracnet internet connection, seven LCD panels, red LED underbody lighting, strobe lighting, limousine tinting, tinted head and tail lights, sports tickers, exterior (weatherproof) high-performance speakers, a stainless-steel serving table modeled after ESPN’s SportsCenter desk, a grill-and-chill tailgating system, custom bleacher seating, programmable remote control for the A/V system and a custom awning for those sunny football weekends. The interior of the truck includes Sirius XM radio, a Bluetooth mobile hands-free system, rawhide leather seating, custom stitching and embroidery, a top-of-the-line sound system and a custom-built closet in the back seat to house the King of Fandom’s most-prized team jerseys. A 3-D rendering of the King of Fandom Vehicle is available on the Web by clicking here.

During the promotion period, branded teams will visit select markets to conduct live demos to let customers see, touch and experience the new in action, and give local fans the chance to win the King of Fandom crown through onsite entry.


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