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ESPN Wide World of Sports 'Play in the Magic' SweepstakesIn what has to be one of the largest single Walt Disney World giveaways to date, ESPN Wide World of Sports is launching its ‘Play in the Magic’ sweepstakes at 12 pm on January 24, 2014 and the payoff will be huge. In addition to the opportunity to win instant prizes, the grand prize winner will receive airfare, lodging, park admission and even $50 gift cards for each of the winner and their guests, up to fourteen of them (for a total of fifteen guests).

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Applebee’s Launches ESPN Fan Zones in Restaurants Nationwide

ESPN Commentator Chris Berman, Apple American Group President & CEO Greg Flynn, and Applebee's President Mike Archer (Photo via Business Wire)Applebee’s restaurants and ESPN have teamed up to offer the ESPN Fan Zone at Applebee’s, a new venture between the worldwide leader in sports and the world’s largest casual dining restaurant chain. The new environment gives fans across the country a unique destination, created by brands they love, to watch the game with friends.

To commemorate, ESPN commentator Chris Berman and Applebee’s president, Mike Archer ceremonially cut a five-foot ‘Boo Yah! Brew Pretzel’ during an event at the new Fisherman’s Wharf Applebee’s in San Francisco yesterday.

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D23 Expo: ESPN to Present ‘The ’99ers’ Screening and Panel

Fawcett, Sobrero and Venturini celebrate (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images, courtesy ESPN Films)The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty kick shootout victory over China to win the Women’s World Cup. As part of ESPN Films’ new ‘Nine for IX’ series, The ’99ers explores the story behind this incredible team. Attendees of the D23 Expo 2013 can catch an exclusive advance screening of this film featuring a Q&A with director Erin Leyden and producer (and ’99er) Julie Foudy. The screening and panel will take place in Stage 28 on Sunday, August 11 at 2:30 pm PT.

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‘ESPN Sports Connection’ Announced for Wii U

ESPN Sports Connection for Wii UToday, 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.

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ESPN to Pledge $1M to Boys and Girls Club for New Center

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).

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Photos: Michelle Obama, Disney Channel Stars Visit Disney World for ‘Let’s Move’

First Lady, Disney stars and kids danced 'The Platypus Walk' (Gene Duncan/Disney)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.

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‘ESPN Sports Saturday’ to Premiere December 10 on ABC

‘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.

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Morgan Spurlock’s SportsDoc ‘The Dotted Line’ to Premiere on ESPN October 11

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.

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ESPN Announces Plans for 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Coverage

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.

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ESPN Announces foursquare Partnership to Provide Sporting Events Information

ESPN on foursquare - Friends TabESPN 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.”

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