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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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IMDbPro’s ALL-TIME TOP-GROSSING, LIVE-ACTION SPORTS-THEMED MOVIES*
1. The Blind Side (2009) $255.9M
2. The Karate Kid (2010) $176.6M
3. The Waterboy (1998) $161.5M
4. The Longest Yard (2005) $158.1M
5. Jerry Maguire (1996) $153.9M
6. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) $148.2M
7. Rocky IV (1985) $127.8M
8. Rocky III (1982) $125.1M
9. Seabiscuit (2003) $120.2M
10. Blades of Glory (2007) $118.6M
*These are the Top 10 domestic-grossing, live-action movies with sports as a central theme. These numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

Data provided by Box Office Mojo

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Most-Watched Winter Olympics in U.S. TV History
1. Lillehammer, 1994* 204 million
2. Vancouver, 2010 190 million
3. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million
* Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding incident

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Nov182009

BMW Signs As Automotive Partner For 2012 Summer Olympics In London

November 18, 2009: Automaker BMW said it has signed a deal with the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games to become a Tier One partner for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Financial terms were not disclosed, but analysts said the deal that could be worth upwards of $70 million (U.S.)

BMW said it would provide around 4,000 vehicles to be used in transporting athletes, officials and media during the London Games and Paralympics. BMW also joins LOCOG as a "sustainability partner" and will provide low-emission and electric vehicles, bicycles and motorbikes. BMW is expected to support with marketing that includes TV, print, outdoor and experiential.

The German-based company is the seventh Tier One LOCOG partner, joining adidas, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF Energy and Lloyds TSB.

"Operationally, an automotive deal is vital for any organizing committee and so I'm thrilled BMW is on board," Sebastian Coe, LOCOG chairman, said in a statement. "They share our vision to stage a sustainable Games in 2012 and will be a valued partner. On a commercial level, signing another Tier One partner in this challenging environment is a fantastic achievement but it goes to show the inspirational power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games."

"Operationally, an automotive deal is vital for any organizing committee."

BMW said that part of the fleet will be wheelchair-accessible and that it would also convert some vehicles specifically to be used by disabled drivers and passengers.

“We see our partnership as a major opportunity, over the next three years and beyond, to focus attention on our range of the most fuel efficient premium cars — and also to shine a light on the future of individual mobility," Ian Robertson, a member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for sales and marketing, said in a statement. "This partnership will be an inspiration for our customers, employees, dealers and suppliers.

“Sustainability is a central pillar of our business and guides all aspects of our operations," Robertson said. "Therefore we have a natural affinity with London 2012 and its commitment to low carbon and healthy living.”

London 2012 Summer Olympics

IOC Worldwide Partners
Coca-Cola, GE, Panasonic, ACER, Atos Origin, McDonald's, Omega, Samsung, Visa

Tier 1 Official Partners

Adidias. BP, British Airways, BT, BMW, EDF Energy, Lloyds TSB

Tier 2 Official Supporters
Adecco, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook, UPS

Tier 3 Official Providers and Suppliers
Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, Crystal CG, Frreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Holiday Inn, McCann Worldgroup, Nielsen, Populous, Ticketmaster, Trident.
Source: LOCOG

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