Friday, April 11, 2014

Disney sponsoring $1 million prize with a pitching contest as part of new movie "Million Dollar Arm"

Jon Hamm stars in the upcoming "Million Dollar Arm."
Do you think you have a Million Dollar Arm? How hard can you pitch a ball?

Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers a chance to win a $1 million prize as part of Disney's new movie "Million Dollar Arm," about two professional baseball players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel who were discovered after winning a reality show "The Million Dollar Arm."

The movie stars Jon Hamm as sports agent JB Bernstein who finds young cricket players he can turn into major league pitchers. The film will be released May 16.

According to a press release: "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 at either Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland 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."

The qualifying events will take place on April 25 and 26, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at both Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 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.

Nine finalists will have a chance to compete for the $1 million prize at the world premiere of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm.”
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