DIRECTV, America's exclusive source for the popular NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service that allows fans to follow their favorite team no matter where they live, is challenging die-hard, displaced NFL fans across the country to prove their undying loyalty to their favorite out-of-market NFL team with the launch of the Fourth Annual Ultimate Displaced Fan Contest.
Contestants will vie for a chance to earn the title of DIRECTV's Ultimate Displaced Fan by submitting videos, essays, or photos that creatively displays the extreme dedication to their team and how they deal with living outside of their team's home market.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner of the contest will receive the dream NFL prize package: a trip to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, two tickets to the game, a radio tour with a member of their favorite team on famed "radio row" and the opportunity to play alongside celebrities and NFL greats in DIRECTV's nationally televised Celebrity Beach Bowl. The winner also receives a year of complimentary DIRECTV programming, along with the 2012 NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ service. The contest is underway and entries should be submitted to the DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan website at www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com.
Fans can get involved by voting for their favorite Ultimate Displaced Fan entries through a fan voting feature that allows them to cast their vote for the top 10 monthly entries for a chance to win random, bi-weekly prizes. Each month during the contest the submission that receives the most fan votes will win autographed memorabilia from Peyton or Eli Manning
or an NFL.com gift card. Voting begins Oct. 1 when entries begin posting to the contest website.
"NFL fans' passion and unabashed loyalty to their home team has driven the enormous popularity of our exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET package, and through our Ultimate Displaced Fan contest we're encouraging those fans to take that enthusiasm to another level," said Tony Goncalves
, senior vice president, Product Management, DIRECTV. "With this contest we're honoring those die-hard, displaced NFL fans by giving them a chance to have some fun and show their loyalty and dedication to their favorite team and win some awesome prizes."
Last year the Ultimate Displaced Fan title was awarded to Kris Jones
, a Raleigh, N.C. resident with a fanatical loyalty to the Baltimore Ravens. Jones won with a creative video that provided viewers with a tour of his "Ravens Room" — the home of his Baltimore memorabilia, wall decals and a special bed where he superstitiously tucks himself in between Ravens-branded sheets the night before every game.
Both displaced and regular fans alike will enjoy new features with the NFL SUNDAY TICKET package this season, making the experience of watching every out-of-market game every Sunday better than ever. In addition to NFL SUNDAY TICKET To Go being available on more devices this year, fantasy players, for the first time, will be able to view their NFL.com Fantasy Football teams and scores directly on their TV screen while watching every game every Sunday afternoon on DIRECTV. A "Watch Now" icon assigned to their fantasy player will enable the viewer to tune instantly to that player's game in progress — an experience that is unique to NFL SUNDAY TICKET customers. DIRECTV will also offer a new enlarged, four-cell Mix Channel for afternoon games to enhance the viewing experience. For more information visit: www.DIRECTV.com/nfl.