News Release

As The Boys Of Summer Take The Field, Community Support Is Baseball's Designated Hitter

Verizon Wireless Professional Baseball Sponsorships Connect Communities With Their Favorite Teams

March 29, 2006

Jeffrey Nelson
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com
908-306-4824

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Verizon Wireless, the nation's premier provider of wireless products and services, is sponsoring 14 professional baseball teams this season. Through the relationships with local teams, Verizon Wireless will strengthen community ties, work with players and baseball fans to raise domestic violence awareness, provide fans with inside-looks from coaches and players and provide fans with additional ways to enjoy the game both in and out of the ballpark.

A long time supporter of professional sports teams, Verizon Wireless has sponsorships with the following baseball teams:

Anaheim Angels

  • Sponsor of TXT2Win contests at all games where participants have the opportunity to win Anaheim Angels baseball caps
  • Sponsor of TXT2Screen contests at select games

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Sponsor of V CAST Music TXT2Win contests at select games beginning mid-summer: Participants enter to win by guessing players' favorite songs
  • Sponsor of Domestic Violence Night: Includes first pitch, HopeLine® collection and a special appearance by Luis Gonzales
  • Sponsor of Latino events including appearances and autograph sessions with Latino Diamondbacks players at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

Baltimore Orioles

  • Official partner with the Baltimore Orioles
  • V CAST demonstrations where fans can win merchandise autographed by Oriole players at select games throughout the season
  • Sponsor of Mother's Day weekend and the pink Baltimore Orioles baseball cap giveaway

Boston Red Sox

  • Official wireless service provider of the Boston Red Sox
  • Sponsor of mobile diaries with select players throughout the year
  • TXT chats with Red Sox manager, Terry Francona and select Red Sox players

Cincinnati Reds

  • Ticket giveaways

Cleveland Indians

  • TXT Messaging contests and promotions
  • Verizon Wireless will distribute Indians/Verizon Wireless umbrellas to fans in the park on a designated "In Park" promotional night
  • Ticket giveaways

Colorado Rockies

  • TXT2Win and PIX2Win contests throughout the season
  • Sponsor of Away-Game Series where a fan has a chance to win a trip for two to the Chicago Cubs series (includes airfare, hotel and accommodation)
  • During the month of April, Rockies fans can bring a ticket stub from a game into a participating Denver Metro Verizon Wireless Communications Store to receive $20 off a new phone
  • Appearances by Rockies players, including Todd Helton, at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores
  • In the month of May, customers can visit participating Denver Metro Verizon Wireless Communications Stores to enter to win the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at an upcoming Rockies game

Detroit Tigers

  • Official wireless service provider of the Detroit Tigers
  • Sponsor of TXT2Win sweepstakes at all home games (beginning in June)
  • Two player appearances at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

Oakland A's

  • Sponsor of TXT2Win Trivia Contest where participants have a chance to win a Verizon Wireless phone

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Verizon Wireless will donate $65 for every home run hit during the season as a sponsor of the Cystic Fibrosis 65 Roses Campaign
  • Verizon Wireless will hold a HopeLine phone drive on May 26, 2006 at the park and make a donation following the drive to Crisis Center North, a local domestic violence shelter

New York Mets

  • Official wireless service provider of the New York Mets
  • Sponsor of TXT4FUN Mystery Met Contest between April 3 — August 27, 2006: Participants are challenged to solve a puzzle featuring a past or present Mets player and submit answers via a TXT Message for a chance to win a trip for two to a Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game in Pittsburgh on the weekend of September 15, 2006
  • On August 24, 2006 at the Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals game, Verizon Wireless will distribute a Mets/Verizon Wireless backpack to the first 12,000 kids in the park

New York Yankees

  • Official wireless service provider of the New York Yankees
  • On April 12, 2006 at the Kansas City Royals game and on July 30, 2006 at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, Verizon Wireless will give fans at the game a promotional Yankees item to take home
  • Ticket giveaways to local charities
  • Promotions and giveaways at the stadium from the Verizon Wireless Street Team

San Diego Padres

  • Sponsor of TXT2Win contests at all games; participants have the opportunity to win San Diego Padres baseball caps

Seattle Mariners

  • Exclusive sponsor of "Home of Wireless Baseball" which includes three interactive features:
    • Order Up! Fans can order food from the comfort of their seats. Simply go online prior to the game to register or register from their phones.
    • Change Up! Verizon Wireless Trivia TXT Messaging Game where fans have a chance to win a new wireless phone
    • Verizon Wireless Fan of the Game: During 60 games, fans take pictures during the game; "Verizon Wireless Fan of the Game" pictures are selected and shown up on the main video screen during the game
  • TXT2Win Verizon Wireless Jukebox Video Feature where fans vote to hear a song during an inning break by sending a TXT Message with their choice
  • Exclusive sponsor of annual Mariners' Calendar Giveaway
  • Annual HopeLine phone drive in August 2006
  • Appearances by Mariner players and the Mariner Moose team mascot at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About HopeLine®
The Verizon Wireless HopeLine program collects phones of any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with all proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program puts wireless services and equipment to work to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. Donations are accepted at all 1,900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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