Verizon Becomes Official Wireless Service Provider of Chicago Bears
December 12, 2011
Verizon Wireless have entered into a long-term agreement to be the official wireless service provider of the Chicago Bears.
The multimillion dollar alliance will include several community outreach initiatives to support charitable causes throughout Illinois in addition to providing Bears fans with new ways to engage with their favorite team.
“Verizon is thrilled to work with the Chicago Bears, viagra a premier organization with an extraordinary tradition of dedication, price determination and excellence — the same qualities we embrace at Verizon Wireless,” said T.J. Fox, president-Illinois/Wisconsin Region-Verizon Wireless.
Chris Hibbs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Chicago Bears, added: “Verizon Wireless is a terrific fit for both the Bears organization and our fans. Verizon Wireless has already helped equip our front office with more productive wireless service technology and is now assisting us in bringing our fans one of the best mobile apps in sports. This demonstrates a commitment to the Bears, the Chicagoland community and our fans. We are proud of our association with Verizon Wireless.”
The alliance between Verizon Wireless and the Bears puts Verizon’s technology to work with the creation of the official Chicago Bears smartphone app, available now on Android and iPhone devices. The new Bears app provides video, a game center, in-depth information on players, stadium information, updates on team activities and merchandise.
“The Chicago Bears app is a great complement to Verizon’s exclusive NFL Mobile app, which provides National Football League fans all they need right on their smartphone – from live streaming games, team alerts and news,” said Fox.
On October 16, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon and the Bears hosted a wireless phone collection drive for the HopeLine from Verizon program, prior to the Minnesota Vikings game. No-longer-used wireless devices were collected to benefit domestic violence survivors in Illinois. In addition, offensive tackle Gabe Carimi taped a special public service message encouraging people to donate phones to HopeLine year-round.
In another community initiative, Verizon has also donated $50,000 to Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Bears, for its “Take the Field” initiative where football fields around the community are refurbished for youth leagues.
As part of the marketing agreement, Verizon Wireless receives considerable visibility inside Soldier Field and in Chicago Bears Network programming throughout the year.
Verizon is in its second season as the official wireless service provider for the National Football League. The NFL partnership provides Verizon national exposure and expanded opportunities with local franchises.