ESPN THE WEEKEND
Disney's Hollywood Studios


JULY 22, 2011:


Walt Disney World announced today that it would no longer host ESPN The Weekend, an annual event staged in Disney's Hollywood Studios, usually around the first weekend of March. The event was first created in 2004 in support of ESPN's 25th anniversary. Disney cited its evolving relationship with ESPN via the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which it says offers "new opportunities for millions of athletes, coaches and fans, and hundreds of hours of ESPN programming, making our guests part of the show. In addition, the sports complex has become home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, which is the official development hub for ESPN’s 3D network."


MARCH 3-6, 2011

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CELEBRITIES TENTATIVELY SET TO ATTEND THE 2011 ESPN THE WEEKEND


Athletes

ESPN Personalities

Jose Bautista
Bert Blyleven
Anquan Boldin
Joba Chamberlain
Tony Dorsett
Donald Driver
Chris Duhon
Julius Erving
Larry Fitzgerald
Curtis Granderson
Darrell Green
Mia Hamm
Brandon Jacobs
Greg Jennings
Jair Jurrjens
Carlos Lee
Cliff Lee
Karl Malone
Kevin McHale
Rashard Mendenhall
Urban Meyer
Alonzo Mourning
Jameer Nelson
Chad Ochocinco
Gary Payton

Hunter Pence
Martin Prado
Darrelle Revis
Jason Richardson
Cal Ripken Jr.
Mariano Rivera
Wandy Rodriguez
Bart Scott
Mike Singletary
Tim Tebow
Frank Thomas
LaDainian Tomlinson
Justin Verlander
Roddy White
Bernie Williams
DeAngelo Williams
Jason Witten

Phillie Phanatic
Albert E. Gator
Penn State Nittany Lion
Oregon Duck
Homer the Brave
Captain Fear the Buccaneer
Sebastian the Ibis

Skip Bayless
Derrick Brooks
Tedy Bruschi
Linda Cohn
Colin Cowherd
Jay Crawford
Jose del Valle
Herm Edwards
Nomar Garciaparra
Mike Golic
Mike Greenberg
Carolina Guillen
Merrill Hoge


Dana Jacobson
Ron Jaworski
Brian Kenny
John Kruk
Candy Maldonado
Hernan Pereyra
Jorge Ramos
Karl Ravech
Mark Schlereth
Howie Schwab
Sage Steele
Bobby Valentine
Dick Vitale
Trey Wingo
Quinque Wolff


Former Gators Coach Meyer, NFL Stars Ochocinco and Tomlinson and Popular ESPN Personalities Headline ESPN The Weekend at Disney

Eighth annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios to feature
35 superstar athletes as well as two dozen ESPN on-air personalities


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Marquee stars from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NCAA, plus well-known ESPN on-air personalities, are headed back to Walt Disney World Resort for the eighth annual Dick's Sporting Goods presents ESPN The Weekend – a sports-themed weekend March 4-6 where fans have a one-of-a-kind opportunity see and hear many of their favorite athletes and ESPN personalities.

This year's lineup at Disney's Hollywood Studios features more than 35 athletes and ESPN stars, including former University of Florida football coach and current ESPN college football analyst Urban Meyer, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, N.Y. Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, NBA Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving and MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., plus former NFL star Derrick Brooks, ex-NBA great Alonzo Mourning and current Orlando Magic players.

Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, hosts of the popular "Mike & Mike in the Morning" show, return as co-hosts of the event, and will broadcast live March 3-4 from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney. They will be joined by several fellow ESPN personalities such as "The Herd" host Colin Cowherd, "Monday Night Football's" Ron Jaworski and MLB analyst Nomar Garciaparra.

Additional ESPN personalities include, Tedy Bruschi, Linda Cohn, Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge, John Kruk, Karl Ravech, Mark Schlereth, Bobby Valentine, Dick Vitale and Trey Wingo. Other athletes expected to participate are Donald Driver and Greg Jennings (Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers), Anquan Boldin (Baltimore Ravens), Brandon Jacobs (NY Giants), Rashard Mendenhall (Pittsburgh Steelers), Darrelle Revis (NY Jets), Bart Scott (NY Jets), Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons), DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers) and Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys); Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain (NY Yankees); Frank Thomas and Bernie Williams (MLB legends); Mia Hamm (U.S. Women's soccer legend); Karl Malone and Gary Payton (NBA legends); and Tony Dorsett and Mike Singletary (NFL Hall of Famers). 

The complete list of ESPN personalities and sports celebrities expected to attend is detailed at www.espntheweekend.com

For the first time in the event's history, several popular sports team mascots will participate in the event, including the Phillie Phanatic (Philadelphia Phillies), Albert E. Gator (University of Florida), the Penn State Nittany Lion, the Oregon Duck, Homer The Brave (Atlanta Braves), Captain Fear the Buccaneer (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Sebastian the Ibis (University of Miami).

In addition to athlete appearances, ESPN The Weekend will feature on-site telecasts of popular ESPN programs (beginning Thursday, March 3) at Disney's Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney, including "Baseball Tonight," "First Take," "Mike & Mike in the Morning," "NFL Live" and "Friday Night Fights;" motorcades and Q&A sessions with athletes and ESPN personalities; Inside ESPN sports shows with commentators and athletes; and the ESPN Sports Zone interactive area where fans can interact with their favorite sports stars. There will also be Atlanta Braves spring training games taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports, including a March 3 game against the Tigers that airs on ESPN with new "Sunday Night Baseball'' crew Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Valentine.

To find the latest updates on Twitter for ESPN The Weekend, go to @DisneySports and search #ESPNWKND.

LIVE ON-SITE BROADCASTS AND STAGE SHOWS
ESPN will present live telecasts – including "Baseball Tonight," "First Take" and "NFL Live" from a set in front of Mickey's Sorcerer's Hat on Hollywood Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Park guests will have a chance to appear on-air via crowd shots while watching the programming on video screens.  Popular ESPN Radio shows "Mike & Mike in the Morning" and "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd will be broadcast live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex March 3-4.

As Major League Baseball Spring Training games get underway in Florida, ESPN's on-site program lineup will feature a special two-hour " Baseball Tonight" with host Ravech and analysts Garciaparra, Kruk and Valentine from the theme park March 6 at 4 p.m. ET as ESPN's popular baseball news, information and highlights show kicks off its 21st season.

ESPN Deportes' "Beisbol Esta Noche" with Carolina Guillen and Candy Maldonado will broadcast from Disney's Hollywood Studios, while "Jorge Ramos y Su Banda," with Jorge Ramos, Hernan Pereyra and Jose del Valle, will go live from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Radio Disney's on-air personality Ernie D will be broadcasting live from ESPN The Weekend on Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. ET, featuring interviews with athletes.

Additionally, live stage shows will bring fans and guests behind-the-scenes of some of the network's most popular programs, including "Baseball Tonight," "First Take," "NFL Live" and "Stump the Schwab."  The shows will provide an inside look at favorite athletes, teams and ESPN programs.  Fans can get into the action themselves by asking questions directly to ESPN personalities and athletes.

ESPN SPORTS ZONE INTERACTIVE AREA
The ESPN Sports Zone will give guests of all ages the opportunity to test their skills at a wide variety of sports.  MLB-, NBA-, NFL- and BASS-themed interactive areas within the Zone will have fans swinging for the fences, shooting baskets and throwing passes, as well as Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Caravan, a multi-sport interactive area.

ESPN RADIO'S MIKE & MIKE HOST "ULTIMATE GUY'S WEEKEND"
ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning"will broadcast live from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Thursday and Friday, March 3-4 (6-10 a.m. ET). Co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will also host the "Ultimate Guy's Weekend" during ESPN The Weekend, including activities such a round of golf, Friday Night Fights, a clambake and much more. ESPN Radio's popular morning-drive show launched in January 2000 and today is heard (and seen on ESPN2) by more than 12 million listeners each week on more than 350 stations nationwide.

YANKEE LEGEND TO PERFORM NIGHTLY
Four-time MLB world champion turned classical guitarist Bernie Williams, who closed out last year's event with a live performance on "Baseball Tonight," returns and will perform all three nights at the Sorcerer Hat Stage to close out the day's activities. The former New York Yankee outfielder, who plays and composes his own music, has released two albums, The Journey Within and Moving Forward

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will host its first-ever "Friday Night Fights" on March 4, with six professional bouts planned for the Jostens Center. The marquee event features two undefeated fighters, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion Ismayl Sillakh (14-0-0) and challenger Yordanis Despaigne (8-0-0), headlining a series of bouts scheduled to air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET.

5K ROAD RACE AND FUN RUN
The Champion 5K at Dick's Sporting Goods Presents ESPN The Weekend returns for its third year at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday, March 5, at 7 a.m., challenging runners along the course with ESPN and sports trivia and will feature athletes and ESPN personalities, including Jay Crawford, Dana Jacobson and Trey Wingo.  The 5K will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and finisher's medal.  There will also be a Fun Run for kids at 8 a.m.  To register, visit runDisney.com.

TICKETING AND ADMISSION
Event activities are included in regular admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios.  The Walt Disney World innovative ticket pricing system, Magic Your Way, provides guests with the opportunity to customize their vacations and Florida residents can save on tickets all year long.  Separate tickets must be purchased for events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


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February 26-28, 2010


2010 Photo Gallery

ESPN The Weekend Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods Returns to Walt Disney World Resort


Disney's Hollywood Studios to Host Ultimate Sports Experience

More Than 30 Superstar Athletes & Two Dozen Popular ESPN Personalities 

ESPN and the Walt Disney World Resort are again offering fans the opportunity to see and hear many ESPN personalities, including Mike & Mike in the Morning co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, who are celebrating their 10 years together next week. In addition, current and legendary athletes on hand include Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and former Heisman Trophy winner and current University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier.  ESPN The Weekend presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, Feb. 25-28, is a one-of-a-kind sports-themed special event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and the newly re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. 

Additionally, ESPN personalities John Anderson, Tedy Bruschi, Colin Cowherd, Ron Jaworski, Karl Ravech, Sage Steele, Dick Vitale and Trey Wingo are scheduled to participate, along with more than 30 athletes, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, tight end Jason Witten, kicker Adam Vinatieri and safety Brian Dawkins; New York Yankees CC Sabathia and Joba Chamberlain; MLB legends Curt Schilling, Bernie Williams and Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Jim Palmer; NFL Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Darrell Green; former LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam; and U.S. Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson and Brandi Chastain, among many others. The ESPN personalities and sports celebrities expected to attend the sixth annual event are listed at www.espntheweekend.com

Celebrities tentatively scheduled to attend 2010 ESPN The Weekend:


Athletes

Mike Alstott
Lance Berkman
Joba Chamberlain
Brandi Chastain
Brian Dawkins
Andre Dawson
Mary Jo Fernandez
Josh Freeman
Darrell Green
Devin Hester
Robert Horry
Steven Jackson
Shawn Johnson
Maurice Jones-Drew
Jim Kelly
John Lannan
Rick Mahorn
Misty May-Treanor
Rashard Mendenhall
Chad Ochocinco
Roy Oswalt
Jim Palmer
Hunter Pence
Scottie Pippen
Darrelle Revis
Ray Rice
CC Sabathia
Curt Schilling
Annika Sorenstam
Steve Spurrier
Frank Thomas
Thurman Thomas
Kyle Vanden Bosch
Adam Vinatieri
Bernie Williams
DeAngelo Williams
Jason Witten
Ryan Zimmerman

Harlem Globetrotters

ESPN Personalities

John Anderson
Skip Bayless
Michelle Beadle
Derrick Brooks
Tedy Bruschi
Colin Cowherd
Jay Crawford
Bruce Feldman
Mike Golic
Mike Greenberg
Jay Harris
Dana Jacobson
Ron Jaworski
K.C. Joyner
Eric Karabell
John Kruk
Tim Kurkjian
Chad Millman
Buster Olney
Sal Paolantonio
Karl Ravech
Mark Schlereth
Howie Schwab
Chris Singleton
Sage Steele
Bobby Valentine
Dick Vitale
Trey Wingo


ESPN The Weekend will feature on-site telecasts of popular ESPN programs (beginning Thursday, Feb. 25), including Baseball Tonight, First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, NFL Live and interview segments on SportsCenter, motorcades and Q&A sessions with athletes and ESPN personalities; Inside ESPN sports shows with commentators and athletes; live ESPN Radio broadcasts; and the ESPN Sports Zone interactive area.  Dick's Sporting Goods will serve as presenting sponsor of the event for the fourth consecutive year. 

This year, the event branches out to the soon-to-be relaunched ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, formerly Disney's Wide World of Sports, for a special performance by the Harlem Globetrotters and two days of Major League soccer action, which help kick off the grand opening of the 220-acre multi-sport venue.  

To find the latest updates on Twitter for ESPN The Weekend, go to @DisneySports and search #ESPNWKND. 

LIVE ON-SITE ESPN TELECASTS
ESPN will present live telecasts -- including First Take and NFL Live -- from a set in front of the Disney's Hollywood Studios Sorcerer's Hat on Hollywood Blvd.  Park guests will have a chance to appear on air via crowd shots while watching the programming on video screens.  Popular ESPN Radio shows Mike & Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd will be broadcast live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Feb. 25-26. 

As Major League Baseball Spring Training games get underway in Florida, ESPN's on-site program lineup will feature a special two-hour Baseball Tonight with host Karl Ravech and analysts John Kruk, Bobby Valentine and Chris Singleton from the theme park Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. ET as ESPN's popular baseball news, information and highlights show kicks off its 21st season.

MIKE & MIKE CELEBRATE 10 YEARS TOGETHER

ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning will celebrate the show's 10th anniversary at the newly-re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World on Wednesday, Feb. 24 (6-10 a.m. ET).  ESPN Radio's popular morning-drive show hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic launched in January 2000.  Today the show is heard (and seen on ESPN2) by more than 12 million listeners each week on more than 350 stations nationwide.

INSIDE ESPN
Live stage shows will bring fans and guests behind-the-scenes of some of the network's most popular programs, including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, First Take, NFL Live and Stump the Schwab.  The shows will provide an inside look at favorite athletes, teams and ESPN programs.  Fans can get into the action themselves by asking questions directly to ESPN personalities and athletes.  

DREAM JOB – THE EXPERIENCE
Guests who think they have what it takes to be on SportsCenter can experience what it's like to audition for ESPN.  Select contestants will go through a series of on-air tasks and the audience will select the best sportscaster during each show.  ESPN personalities and sports celebrities will help mentor contestants as part of the experience.

MOTORCADES AND CONVERSATIONS
Periodically throughout each day, sports stars will motorcade up the park's Hollywood Boulevard to the stage at the base of the Sorcerer's Hat and join ESPN commentators for conversations about their careers and Q&A sessions with park guests. 

ESPN SPORTS ZONE INTERACTIVE AREA
The ESPN Sports Zone will give guests of all ages the opportunity to test their skills at a wide variety of sports.  MLB-, NBA-, NFL- and BASS-themed interactive areas within the Zone will have fans swinging for the fences, shooting baskets and throwing passes, as well as Dick's Sporting Goods' Sports Caravan, a multi-sport interactive area. 

ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX RE-LAUNCH EVENT

ESPN innovation and entertainment joins the magic and hospitality of Walt Disney World Resort when the gates open with a special grand opening event at the newly re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Feb. 25.  Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, and a number of other popular athletes and ESPN personalities are expected to be in attendance, along with George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, Meg Crofton, President, Walt Disney World Resort and Ken Potrock, Sr. Vice President, Disney Sports Enterprises.  From a state-of-the-art digital center, to professionally kept fields and courts, there will be no other sports facility like this on Earth.  Key festivities include a special grand opening ceremony, live ESPN Radio broadcasts and a variety of sports competitions.  Opened originally as Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in 1997, the multi-sport complex annually hosts more than 300 events a year, including Atlanta Braves Spring Training at Champion Stadium. 

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters take center court to help tip off the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex relaunch Thurs., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.  The clown princes of basketball, including Globetrotter stars Special K Daley, Flight Time Lang and Big Easy Lofton, have entertained fans for more than 84 seasons and boast over 23,000 wins.  This special performance will feature Greenberg and Golic as honorary coaches, along with a number of other popular athletes and ESPN personalities joining in on the fun at the Milk House.  The game will air on ESPN2 the following day, Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., and ESPN's Emerging Technology Group will use the game as a test for the company's planned ESPN 3D network launch this summer.   

5K ROAD RACE AND FUN RUN

The Champion 5K returns for its second year at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 a.m., challenging runners along the course with ESPN and sports trivia and will feature athletes and ESPN personalities, including John Anderson, Dana Jacobson and Trey Wingo. The 5K will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and finisher's medal. There will also be a Fun Run for kids at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.disneyenduranceseries.com

MLS AT ESPNWWOS

Helping kick off the relaunch at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, four Major League Soccer clubs, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, will compete in the inaugural Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic Feb. 25 and 27.  On Thursday, Feb. 25 the Houston Dynamo faces the New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m. followed by FC Dallas versus Toronto FC at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 27, the two losing teams will kick off at 6 p.m. with the two winners playing in the championship game at 8:30 p.m.

TICKETING AND ADMISSION

Event activities are included in regular admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  Walt Disney World Resort's innovative ticket pricing system "Magic Your Way" provides guests with the opportunity to customize their vacations, and Florida residents can save on tickets all year long.


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