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Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest Offers a Chance to Win $1 Million

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RON PHILLIPS on "MILLION DOLLAR ARM" (image: Disney Enterprises/ BusinessWire)

RON PHILLIPS on “MILLION DOLLAR ARM” (image: Disney Enterprises/ BusinessWire)

BURBANK, Calif., April 12, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) – Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the U.S. a chance to  compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching  Contest.

The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest is being held to  celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible  true story about two young men who went from never throwing a baseball  to getting a Major League tryout.

Amateur baseball pitchers—male or female, who are legal United States  residents at least 18 years of age or older—are invited to qualify to  compete in the preliminary rounds of the Million Dollar Arm Pitching  Contest. 

The event will be held at either Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, Disneyland®  Resort in California or at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca  Family Festival in New York City.

The three contestants from each  location who throw the fastest pitches will advance to the finals and  have a chance to compete for a $1 million prize at the world premiere of  Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, California. Official rules  are available on Disney.com’s “Million Dollar Arm” homepage at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.

Presented by SUBWAY® restaurants, the three qualifying events will take  place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at both Downtown  Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports  Complex at Walt Disney World® and on April 26 only, from  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day during the Tribeca  Family Festival in New York City.

Contestants will throw three pitches,  each tracked by a radar gun, in an attempt to throw the fastest pitch.  All participants will receive tickets for themselves and a guest to see  an advance screening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” at an AMC Theatres  location later that evening.

Nine finalists chosen during these qualifying events will have a chance  to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s  “Million Dollar Arm.” The top three eligible pitchers with the fastest  pitches from each qualifying round location will be flown with his or  her guest to the final contest, which will take place at the world  premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” in Hollywood, Calif., on May  6.

Each of these finalists will throw three pitches on Hollywood  Boulevard. Any eligible finalist who throws one 100 mph strike (out of  three pitches) will become a potential winner of the $1 million grand  prize.

The nine finalists and their guests will be VIPs at the film’s premiere  along with stars, filmmakers, major league players, coaches, scouts and  celebrities.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Subject to Official Rules available at  event or at http://disney.com/PitchingContest.


Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that  business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a  last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find  baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket  pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to  India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar  Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball  scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur  Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma  from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing  baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them  to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home  to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their  element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages,  are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn  the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend  Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork,  commitment and what it means to be a family.

Directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy,  Disney’s drama “Million Dollar Arm” stars Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill  Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. The producers are Mark  Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. The executive producers are Palak  Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The film will be  release in the United States on May 16, 2014.

Source: Walt Disney Studios Global Publicity (via BusinessWire)

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