Today, Ubisoft and ESPN are announcing a collaboration to develop unique content for ESPN Sports Connection™, the next generation of multi-sports games that brings families and friends together for an interactive and engaging sports experience. Developed by Ubisoft Barcelona, ESPN Sports Connection will be available in North America exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U this holiday. It also marks the first collaboration between Ubisoft and ESPN.
Combining rosters from gaming and sports industry leaders, ESPN Sports Connection will feature a brand new way to experience some of your favorite sports including soccer, football, baseball, tennis, golf and go-karting. From using the innovative Wii U GamePad to control the blitz in football and sack the QB, to transforming your living room into a golf course and scanning with the GamePad to get a 360 degree view of each hole, players will interact with the sports gaming world like never before. Sports fans will enjoy the way authentic ESPN broadcast graphics have been stylized for the Wii U to further bring these sporting events to life.
ESPN Sports Connection creates a dynamic environment for friends and families to interact together right in the living room. In addition to single player challenges, the game also features co-op and multiplayer modes and supports up to five players using the GamePad. The game also includes a variety of challenging mini-games including Tennis Cannon Ball, a thrilling shooting and hitting experience that will challenge your quick reflexes.
Like with any athletic event, players will be able to customize their own avatars with ESPN-branded gear to distinguish themselves from the other players on the field or court. Players will unlock original designs to create their own unique ESPN-branded gear as they progress through over 250 diverse in-game achievements. ESPN logos include ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, SportsCenter, SportsNation, ESPNFC, and more. Additional in-game content from ESPN includes contextual background banners and music.
ESPN Sports Connection is ESPN’s first console game targeting the casual games category. It also marks ESPN’s debut presence in the casual multi-sport gaming space.
ESPN Sports Connection will be available a retailers across North America this holiday. For more information please visit: http://sportsconnection.ubi.com
ESPN announced today its pledge of a lead contribution of $1 million toward construction of a new Boys and Girls Club and Family Center, in addition to its $400,000 gift in 2009 for land acquisition. The announcement was made by ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer in commemoration of ESPN’s upcoming 33rd anniversary (Sept. 7).
The proposed 38,000-square foot facility will house expansion of education and technology programs, a vibrant Teen Center, an enhanced Arts and Crafts Center, and will host a variety of athletic events in its 14,000-square foot field house for children in Bristol and across Connecticut. In addition, the Club plans to offer services for adults and seniors in the community. It will replace an 85-year old building that no longer has the space or the resources to meet the growing and changing needs of children. The new building will offer programs for people of all ages and will be a focal point for a variety of activities in downtown Bristol.
Michael Suchopar, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club and Family Center, said, “ESPN’s generous gift will help the Club create a dynamic space for Bristol children and their families. It will enable our organization to enhance the tone, culture and spirit of our community, while providing children with the proper tools to achieve their dreams. ESPN’s support will allow us to improve the lives of countless children from diverse backgrounds for many generations to come. We sincerely thank ESPN and admire their devotion to creating opportunities in their community.”
Bodenheimer added, “The Boys and Girls Club and Family Center is a jewel in the fabric of our community and we are pleased to continue supporting its mission. We are truly investing in the future of our youth and our home city.”
Bodenheimer is an honorary chairman of the Boys and Girls Club and Family Center’s Capital Campaign and is an alumnus of a Boys and Girls Club.
ESPN’s commitment to the Boys and Girls Club and Family Center organization spans more than 30 years of support, including the Imagine Nation Museum, the outreach program at Cambridge Park, the school-based programs, preschool programs and a playground construction project at Brackett Park. In addition, ESPN employees regularly volunteer at the Club’s sites through the company’s corporate outreach initiative called Team ESPN.
On a tour to celebrate the second anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to hundreds of children and parents at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex about the importance of healthy living. She also recognized the efforts of Disney Magic of Healthy Living, which partners with parents in their quest to raise healthy, happy kids.
“I want to thank Disney for all that they’ve done to support “Let’s Move” and to make sure our kids are eating right and being active,” Obama told the audience before joining Disney Channel and Disney XD stars for the new dance, “The Platypus Walk,” inspired by the hugely popular “Phineas and Ferb” character Perry the Platypus.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson welcomed the crowd of nearly 1,500 children and families, demonstrating his own commitment to physical fitness by completing 50 push-ups on stage.
After addressing the audience, Obama welcomed the children to visit five Disney Magic of Healthy Living activity stations along with Disney Channel Stars Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Roshon Fegan (“Shake It Up”), and Disney XD stars Doc Shaw and Kelsey Chow (“Pair of Kings”) and Olivia Holt (“Kickin’ It”). There, professional athletes helped children hone their physical fitness skills. Children ran sprints with renowned football coach Tom Shaw, completed drills with members of the Orlando City Soccer team and practiced their tennis serve with tennis professional James Blake.
Brandon Delfosse, a 13-year-old student at Orlando Science School and member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, attended the event and was pleased Obama and Disney supported healthy living. “It’s very cool knowing someone cares about you… It’s smart. Disney is popular, and it helps get the word out.”
Disney Magic of Healthy Living provides children and families with engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences to help make healthier lifestyles simple and fun. The 2010 launch of Disney Magic of Healthy Living included a series of public service announcements featuring the first lady that inspire children to take control of their own health, fitness and nutrition, and encourage their families and friends to do the same.
For more information about the program, as well as recipes, tips and videos, visit Disney.com/TryIt and Family.com/TryIt.
Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative has made significant progress since launching in February 2010. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and children themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of children. Through working together with Let’s Move!, these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food.
For details about the Let’s Move! initiative, visit LetsMove.gov.
‘ESPN Sports Saturday,’ a new one-hour show filled with timely news and information on the biggest stories in sports, will debut Saturday, December 10, at 5 pm ET on the ABC television network. The new show will anchor the ‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ block of programming on ABC with ESPN Films, among other ESPN programming, shown from 4-5 p.m.
‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ will combine live news updates with informative debate created exclusively for the show featuring commentators from ESPN programs such as ‘Pardon the Interruption,’ ‘SportsNation,’ ‘First Take,’ ‘Jim Rome is Burning,’ ‘NFL Live,’ ‘SportsCenter,’ ‘College GameDay’ and ‘Mike & Mike in the Morning.’ ESPN anchor Jay Harris will host ‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ in December.
‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ is produced by the same production team which worked on ‘Winner’s Bracket,’ which previously occupied the 5-6 pm broadcast window.
In today’s world of lockouts and labor talks, sports agents are often viewed as villains in the profession. Acclaimed director Morgan Spurlock, who famously exposed the fast food industry in his landmark documentary Super Size Me, sets his sights on the ultra-competitive world of professional sports agents in ESPN Films’ new documentary The Dotted Line, premiering on Tuesday, October 11, at 8 pm ET on ESPN/ESPN HD.
In The Dotted Line, Spurlock spends a year inside the world of the sports agent industry and pulls back the curtain to expose what these guys really do in the trenches. The film follows top agents in the NFL, the NBA and MLB to explore the turbulent and emotional ups and downs of recruiting, marketing, and negotiating record-breaking contracts for their top-tier clients. The film also explores recent NCAA agent scandals and the complex issues that can arise when college athletes turn pro. Agents Peter Greenberg and Eugene Lee are profiled along with their clients New York Mets’ pitcher Johan Santana and NFL hopefuls Jacquian Williams and Robert Hughes, prior to being drafted.
ESPN Films, creators of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning ’30 for 30′ film series, is airing a new film each Tuesday night through November 8. The remaining films of the new slate will air as follows:
- Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 pm – The Dotted Line (Morgan Spurlock/Jeremy Chilnick)
- Tuesday, Oct. 18, 8 pm – Charismatic (Steve Michaels/Jonathan Koch)
- Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 pm – The Real Rocky (Jeff Feuerzeig/Mike Tollin)
- Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 pm – Unguarded (Jonathan Hock/Philip Aromando)
- Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8 pm – Roll Tide/War Eagle (Martin Khodabakhshian/Joe Tessitore)
ESPN Films’ new slate of documentaries will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com the day after each film’s broadcast premiere and will be available on DVD shortly thereafter at major retailers. A compilation of films from the series will be available in a collectible DVD Gift Set this holiday season.
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing compelling sports stories.
ESPN will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks with a combination of features, essays, tributes and live event coverage throughout the day.
Below is a sampling of ESPN’s 9/11-related content plans:
- ESPN will observe the national moment of silence Sunday at 8:46 a.m. ET.
- SportsCenter and Outside the Lines will feature a roundtable discussion with three of New York’s professional coaches on the day of the attacks: Joe Torre and ESPN’s Herm Edwards and Bobby Valentine.
- ESPN The Magazine’s September 19 issue (on sale: September 9) will look at What We Forgot; What We Remember; and How We’ve Changed through stories told by, among others, Tom Friend, Steve Wulf, Seth Wickersham, Luke Cyphers and Peter Keating.
- Sunday NFL Countdown will share the story of survivor, Tim Coughlin, son of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who was working as a bond trader on the 60th floor of the South Tower when the planes hit the Twin Towers.
- Baseball Tonight will include coverage of pregame ceremonies emanating from Citi Field during the 7 p.m. show leading into Sunday Night Baseball’s telecast of the Chicago Cubs at the New York Mets (8 p.m.).
- ESPN.com will augment several pieces from ESPN The Magazine with interactive components, and will post original content including a piece by Pulitzer Prize-nominated columnist Tommy Tomlinson that contemplates the notion of sports and tragedy, and whether sports can heal us.
- ESPNNewYork.com will offer a full week of content leading up to 9/11 with writing from Buster Olney, Ian O’Connor and Kieran Darcy.
- ESPN Audio’s September 9 The Sporting Life will feature 9/11 stories including Jeremy Schaap’s interview with the widow of a former Cornell lacrosse player who died in the 9/11 attacks.
- ESPN’s September 10 NASCAR coverage from Richmond will include an ESPN produced piece “I Remember” with reflections and memories from the sport’s stars.
- espnW.com will profile the Pat Tillman Foundation, and its scholarship program, which awards college athletes funding in the name of the former NFL player, who enlisted in the Army after 9/11.
According to Executive Vice-President of Content, John Skipper, “ESPN’s coverage surrounding the 10th anniversary of September 11 will balance our desire to reflect on the tragic events through a sports prism. Through our news outlets and event coverage, we will do our very best to thoughtfully tell relevant stories with a sports perspective, document how the sports world commemorates this emotional day, and provide the appropriate reaction.”
ESPN today announced an agreement to supply sports venue data on foursquare’s newly launched Events platform, enhancing the check-in experience at sporting events with game time, teams, venue, location information and more. With the new feature, fans will not only be able to share their check-ins at the venue, but also access all the news and information from ESPN about the game.
“Having ESPN integrated into foursquare’s check-in functionality is a great way to serve highly engaged fans at the game,” said John Kosner, Senior Vice President, Digital and Print Media at ESPN. “Teaming up with the talented team at foursquare is in line with our goal to deliver our content wherever fans are, and foursquare’s growing audience of 10 million users is an important place for us to be.”
“Through our new Events platform, users can easily tell their friends not just where they are, but also what they’re doing, while unlocking valuable information about the events they’re attending,” said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for foursquare. “We’re thrilled to work with ESPN to provide our more than 10 million users with the most up-to-date information on the sporting events they’re checking in to.”
ESPN will provide facts, stats, and other up-to-the-minute news on ESPN-branded venue detail pages for major sporting events including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football and basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, racing and more. In addition, ESPN has launched a foursquare brand page at https://foursquare.com/espn that features Tips left at sports venues around the world along with links to relevant ESPN apps and pages. Some examples of Tips at the ballpark include:
- Miller Park (Milwaukee): Brett Wurst. Stosh. Guido. Frankie Furter. Cinco. Sausage Race. Bottom of the 6th. Be there.
- Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia): Be sure to find the McNally’s stand out in left field, home of Mike Schmidt’s namesake (in sandwich form): The Schmitter. This beast features sliced steak topped with tomatoes, fried onions, 3 layers of cheese, special sauce… and grilled salami.
- Safeco Field (Seattle): Sushi at the ballpark? Why not! Go to Rice-N-Roll in Section 137, and grab yourself an Ichi-Roll. And if you want the full experience, eat 51 of ‘em.
- Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay): Peer out to right field. In a sea of teal, you’ll see a lone yellow seat in section 144. That’s where Wade Boggs’ 3,000th hit (a home run) landed back on August 7, 1999.
- Ballpark in Arlington (Texas): True story: distance-wise, Arlington’s upper deck is the farthest away from the diamond in MLB history. Talk about nosebleeds…
At the conclusion of a game, users will see an ESPN link in their foursquare check-in history, pointing them to a mobile site where they will be able to view more information about the event. Users who follow ESPN on foursquare and check in at sporting events and venues where ESPN has left Tips will unlock a branded “ESPN Foam Finger” badge as well.
Foursquare is one of the first collaborators to leverage elements of ESPN’s new and developing API program. ESPN is planning to release a set of APIs more broadly later this year.
During X Games 17, fans will be able to consume original X Games content on more platforms than ever before. ESPN will televise 25 hours of live HD programming on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC, July 28-31. In addition to the nine live competition shows, X Center will air nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will televise 21 hours of X Games 17 live. ESPN3.com will stream 29 total hours, including more than six hours of original X Games content. The event will also be televised in more than 192 countries and territories to more than 232 million homes.
This year, viewers will be able to connect with the X Games in unprecedented ways. Content will be available via television, smartphones, tablets and online through digital and social media platforms. On Saturday, July 30, from 2 – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN will debut X Games Everywhere with unique live content simultaneously projected across every platform and device. The new content initiative will also enhance, add dimension and establish a two-way conversation between ESPN, athletes, fans on-site and those viewing the competition with a companion screen through XGames.com
“The X Games is a truly unique brand that is relevant to a wide audience around the world and especially to youth. Applying our best available screen approach to the production and distribution of X Games content is the perfect way to demonstrate this relevance and provide unique experiences for fans at the event and around the world.“ said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president programming and X Games Franchise. ”Our content strategy around X Games 17 will provide exciting ways for fans to interact with the event, the athletes and sponsors like never before.”
X Games 17 will be hosted by Sal Masekela for all 25 hours of live HD coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC. ESPN anchor Dana Jacobson will return to host X Center nightly on ESPN2. ESPN 3D will telecast 21 hours of X Games 17 live.
A prominent collection of action sports legends will join Masekela on the air. Tony Hawk, Jeremy McGrath and Dennis McCoy return to the telecast this year. New additions to the team include Kevin Robinson, Toby Moody and Emile Bouret. Moody will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the Rally Car events while Hawk, McGrath, McCoy, Robinson and Bouret will be analysts for the Skateboard, Moto X, BMX Freestyle and Rally Car competitions.
ESPN3.com will carry 29 total hours of coverage, including more than six hours of exclusive coverage. In addition, ESPN3.com will allow users to partake in a live ride-along during Rally Car Racing on Saturday, July 30th with exclusive in car camera coverage.
XGames.com will provide comprehensive on-site coverage, delivering cross-platform schedule information, instant results, breaking news, event recaps and live commentary with analysis by sport experts during select events. ESPN’s official website of the X Games will also have enterprise feature reporting around the marquee events and athletes of the event, as well as daily full bleed photo galleries shot by the best creative talent in the action sports industry. XGames.com will also feature video from every medal run at the event, along with daily highlight video and behind-the-scenes, high-access original video.
XGames.com/realstreet will be the on-line home of X Games Real Street. With the return of Real Street, 16 of the world’s best street skateboarders submitted 60-second video parts for a shot at $50,000 and an X Games gold medal. A panel of judges will pick the winning part after the videos air on ABC and ESPN on Saturday, July 30. The top four judges’ picks will also be invited to Los Angeles to compete for another X Games medal and $5,000. The winners will compete in the Game of SK8 competition, airing live on ESPN on Sunday, July 31. But first, fans can vote in a tournament-style bracket for their favorite real street video. The skater who gets the most fan votes wins $10,000. The fan favorite will be announced on the website on Saturday, July 30.
X Games Everywhere: Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 2-6 p.m. ET
ESPN / ESPN3.com / Mobile TV / Watch ESPN App (2-6 p.m. ET)
- BMX Freestyle Park
- Skateboard Street Women’s
- Rally Car Racing
- Rally In-Car Cameras & Driver Audio (ESPN3.com Exclusive)
ESPN 3D (2-6 p.m. ET)
- BMX Freestyle Park
- Skateboard Street Women’s
- Skateboard Street Men’s
ABC (4-6 p.m. ET)
- Skateboard Real Street
- Skateboard Street Men’s
XGames.com (2-6 p.m. ET)
- X Cast Companion Screen
- X Cast: Hosted by Kier Dillon, X Cast is a live X Games webcast that will be simultaneously streamed during the telecast windows on Saturday, July 30. As increasing numbers of fans now watch live sporting events while concurrently connected to the internet, X Cast will offer viewers a companion screen experience with greater access to what is happening on site and during the event. X Cast will feature compelling, original and unique content, live athlete interviews with viewer’s questions through X Games on Facebook, Twitter, reporters providing behind the scenes pieces and upcoming event previews, head judge commentary and much more. X Cast will be available on Saturday, July 30 from 2-6 p.m. ET on XGames.com.
- Inside X: A five-week webcast, leading up to and during the X Games, will be streamed live on the X Games Facebook page. Inside X will air every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET from June 28 through August 2. After the kickoff of the X Games, Inside X will transition to daily morning preview and afternoon recap shows that will stream during the event dates.
Brandon Graham, host of ESPN 710 Radio’s Late Night Action, will host the show with help from special athlete guests each week. Inside X will feature previews and recaps of the action with exclusive athlete interviews, behind-the-scenes content, real-time fan interaction and first looks at courses.
- Facebook: Live Inside X webcast including athlete chats, daily preview and recap show, competition highlights, and course overviews. Exclusive video and photo galleries posted daily along with telecast and event information. The X Games Facebook page currently has more than two million fans.
- Twitter: ESPN X Games’ twitter feed will feature instant event updates, breaking news, results, scavenger hunts and a behind the scenes look at the event.
- ESPN.com Page 2: ESPN.com Page 2 will talk about athletes away from the Games, the fans who cheer on their stars, a look at the onsite trade expo and the sights and sounds you will hear during the Games.
- espnW: Throughout the X Games, espnW.com will recap the women’s events and provide interviews and features. Athletes to watch will be highlighted, including profiles of Elissa Steamer (Skate), Marisa Dal Santo (Skate), Alexis Sablone (Skate), Lacey Baker (Skate), Ashley Fiolek (Moto), Sara Price (Moto) and Tara Gieger (Moto).
- ESPNLA.com: The site will feature stories on skating downtown Los Angeles, building the X17 Big Air ramp and what it is like to ride shotgun in an X Games Rally Car. ESPNLA.com will also display a tilt-shift photography wrap-up of the X17 experience.
ESPN Mobile TV will carry 23 hours of live coverage, plus four hours of simulcast coverage of X Center. All four X Games 17 late night highlight shows will also be available.
X Games app for iPhone and Android will feature dynamic tools to enhance the X Games experience. The app features include: instant results, live news, full schedules, highlight videos, athlete bios and photo galleries. Fans can download the app for free from the iTunes store and Android market.
ESPN On Demand will have X Games Classix available leading into the new season, and will also make available highlight shows from all four days of the event. ESPN On Demand will also feature “Best of” discipline shows from BMX, Skate and Motor sports.
Outside the United States, the X Games will be delivered to more than 232 million homes and will be telecast live to 192 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East and New Zealand.
In addition, the event will be syndicated to 41 countries around the world, reaching more than 67 million homes. ESPN will produce 10 one-hour syndication shows for networks to air following the event.
The X Games will also be simulcast on ESPN’s international broadband platforms in 13 countries.
More than 27 hours of live coverage will air on ESPN’s broadband platforms in Australia, Europe and Latin America.
ESPN Deportes will air two live hours of competition coverage and eight total hours of X Games content.
A full X Games music page will be featured on ESPN.com. Fans can access the page by logging on to ESPN.com/music.
The X Games 17 telecast will feature music from LMFAO, Far East Movement Rise Against, Blink 182, Cold War Kids, All American Rejects, 50 Cent, TV On The Radio and many more.
iTunes: iTunes will have a splash page available at www.itunes.com/xgames for everything X Games past and present. Sony & Microsoft will have all daily highlights and discipline highlights from X Games 17 available for purchase.
ESPN Corporate Outreach today announced plans to cover Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011 on two ESPN media entities. The Games are being held June 25 through July 4 in Greece. ESPN3.com will be the exclusive live media home for the opening on Saturday, June 25, 1 – 4 pm ET and closing ceremonies on Monday, July 4, 1 – 4 pm in the United States.
In addition, throughout the competition, ESPN.com will be providing information and an up-close perspective of this unique and inspiring event, reporting directly from the venues in Athens. The coverage will be featured prominently in ESPN.com’s The Life section and will be promoted throughout the site. This coverage will be available on ESPN.com as well as ESPN3.com online and via ESPN on Xbox LIVE and on mobile and tablet devices through the Watch ESPN app.
“Special Olympics became ESPN’s first charity of choice in the early 1980s,” said Rosa Gatti, senior vice president, corporate outreach. “We are delighted to have leaders of these two ESPN entities commit their time and resources to provide coverage of this global event. Team ESPN’s long relationship of volunteering at Special Olympics and Unified Sports programs has been extremely rewarding for our employees and their families.”
The 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games is the largest sporting event held in the world in 2011 and the first major sporting event in Athens since the Olympics were held there in 2004. Special Olympics Team USA will be joining 7,000 fellow athletes and teams from 180 nations around the world in Athens, Greece. Special Olympics athletes of all ability levels will compete in 22 different Olympic-type sports including: aquatics (swimming), athletics (track and field), badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, kayaking, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and the Motor Activity Training Program (MATP). Throughout the competition June 25 – July 4, athletes will display their athletic skill, determination and courage to the world, uniting people of all abilities through the power of sport.
Throughout the years, ESPN has provided volunteers and financial and in-kind contributions to Special Olympics Connecticut and similarly at other office locations. ESPN is a sponsor of the Unified Sports school-based program in Connecticut. Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports players, both athletes and special partners, are of similar age and matched sport skill ability. Unified Sports teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, ranging from training divisions (with a skill-learning focus) to high level competition.
Later this week, ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus will gear up and attempt to tackle the course of ABC’s ‘Wipeout.’ Along the way, he’ll use equipment such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and sensors attached to his body as he takes on the daunting task of measuring rotational velocities, g’s of acceleration and more of the course’s most famous obstacle, the Big Balls.
The segment will premiere on ESPN2′s SportsNation on Thursday, June 16 at 4pm ET