December 17, 2010
Sprint Delivers Live Stream of ESPN Game Telecasts for 30 College Football Bowl Games
All Five Bowl Championship Series Games Streamed Live on ESPN Mobile TV for First Time
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 17, 2010 - If you’re stuck at the mall doing some last-minute shopping or need a break from the annual office party this holiday season, Sprint can help by delivering your college football fix. Sprint (NYSE: S) will carry the live stream of 30 college football bowl games broadcast by ESPN, highlighted by the entire Bowl Championship Series, which will be available for the first time to Sprint customers on ESPN Mobile TV.
The live game telecasts will be accessible on Sprint handsets through the ESPN Mobile TV channel on Sprint TV®, or through the Sprint Football Live app in the “College Football” section. With Sprint 4G and using one of Sprint’s award-winning 4G phones – the HTC EVOTM 4G or the Samsung EpicTM 4G – fans can experience the excitement of live game viewing wherever they may be this holiday season.
Sprint Football Live will include game centers for all 35 bowl games with game previews and recaps, score updates, real-time play-by-play, text alerts and updated player statistics. An additional “Awards” section has been added detailing season awards such as the Heisman, AP All-America team and other positional awards.
“This is great news for college football fans,” said Steve Gaffney, vice president-Corporate Marketing for Sprint. “The holidays are such a busy time of year for so many and Sprint is giving fans the ability to follow the biggest college football games of the year even when they’re caught in the midst of the hustle and bustle.”
The schedule begins with an ESPN tripleheader on Saturday, Dec. 18: the New Mexico Bowl (BYU vs. UTEP) at 2 p.m. ET, the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl (Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State) at 5:30 p.m., and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Ohio vs. Troy) at 9 p.m. The bowl schedule concludes with the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game (Auburn vs. Oregon) on Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m.
Sprint Football Live is a comprehensive mobile football application across both pro and college football. Fans can visit www.sprint.com/football for more details.
Sprint TV and Sprint Football Live are available on most Sprint handsets and all Sprint video-enabled phones that offer Sprint TV. Both are included at no additional charge with Sprint Everything Data plans, which include Any Mobile, Anytime for unlimited calling to any mobile phone in America, unlimited text, unlimited Web and unlimited GPS navigation starting at $69.99.
Sprint 4G is available in 68 metropolitan areas nationally delivering fast mobile downloads, streaming video, and turbo-charged Web browsing. Sprint 4G boasts download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.1
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.8 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About ESPN Mobile
ESPN Mobile is devoted to extending the ESPN brand and content over the wireless medium. ESPN content and applications on mobile platforms can be accessed anytime, anywhere via licensing agreements with every major domestic carrier. ESPN's first wireless offering launched in 1995 with the ESPN To Go pager for scores. Today ESPN’s industry-leading collection includes mobile websites, mobile apps, mobile games, mobile alerts and mobile video (ESPN Mobile TV and Video on Demand clips).
1 Up to 10x faster claim based on downlink speed comparison of 3G’s 600kbps vs. 4G’s 6Mbps. Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors.
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