'Bud United presents: The Big Time' Contestants Look to Soccer Star Alex Morgan and Others for Tips on Success
Posted on January 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM EST
Contestants graduate from social media obscurity to take their shot at The Big Time in world's first social-reality show, Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET on ABC
BRUSSELS, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Following their outstanding performance on the world stage this summer, soccer star Alex Morgan and her teammates Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Cheney know a thing or two about making it to The Big Time. On Saturday, January 28, they – along with MLS players Juan Pablo Angel and Frankie Hejduk – will share their knowledge with three wannabe professional soccer players, cast via social media websites for participation in the world's first social-reality show, Bud United presents: The Big Time.
Airing Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET on ABC, Bud United presents: The Big Time is a seven-part series premiering this Saturday, January 21, featuring young adults from across the globe fulfilling their dreams – from racing professional racecar drivers and suiting up for a global soccer powerhouse to pitching for a professional baseball team and taking center stage at a major music concert. Individuals from all over the world had the opportunity to be selected for the global show by submitting a casting application online.
In the soccer episode, U.S. Women's Soccer star Morgan joins forces with Brazilian goalie coach Gaucho Pinho to train three aspiring goalkeepers getting a second chance to make it big. Their skills are tested through a series of challenges, including a game of "goalie wars" in the dark. The goalie who comes out on top gets to take the field during half-time of the USA/Costa Rica soccer game and defend against penalty kicks from some of the top names in US Soccer, in the hope of winning a chance to train at the Zico Soccer Academy in Brazil.
In addition to what they will see in the show, fans may view exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and tips from Morgan and other celebrity mentors such as actress Kathy Najimy, NASCAR's Kevin Harvick, and chef Hubert Keller on The Big Time's official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/budunited) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/bigtime).
The full ABC broadcast schedule is as follows:
A creative team led by @radical.media, an Emmy and Academy Award winning global entertainment company creating some of the world's most innovative content and Evan Weinstein, Co-Executive Producer of The Amazing Race and seven-time Emmy Award winner, have partnered with Budweiser to produce the show.
About Anheuser-Busch InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with an American Depositary Receipt secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). It is the leading global brewer and one of the world's top five consumer products companies. A true consumer-centric, sales driven organization, AB InBev manages a portfolio of well over 200 beer brands that includes global flagship brands Budweiser®, Stella Artois® and Beck's®, fast growing multi-country brands like Leffe® and Hoegaarden®, and strong "local champions" such as Bud Light®, Skol®, Brahma®, Quilmes®, Michelob®, Harbin®, Sedrin®, Klinskoye®, Sibirskaya Korona®, Chernigivske®, and Jupiler®, among others. In addition, the company owns a 50 percent equity interest in the operating subsidiary of Grupo Modelo, Mexico's leading brewer and owner of the global Corona® brand. AB InBev's dedication to heritage and quality is rooted in brewing traditions that originate from the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium, dating back to 1366 and the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery, which traces its origins back to 1852 in St. Louis, USA. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, AB InBev leverages the collective strengths of its approximately 114 000 employees based in operations in 23 countries across the world. The company strives to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World. In 2010, AB InBev realized 36.3 billion US dollar revenue. For more information, please visit: www.ab-inbev.com.
Bud United presents: The Big Time Internet Press Kit
About the Contestants (Episode Two Airing Saturday, January 28, 2012)
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