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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.

KEEPING SCORE

Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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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

Source NBC Sports

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Wednesday
Dec162015

Butterfinger Plans To Be Bolder Than Bold With Super Bowl 50 Commercial

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2015: Nestles' brand Butterfinger is diving into the Super Bowl this February, and decided to unveil the news in a big way: By having professional sky diver Carson Schram jump out of a plane eating a Butterfinger and holding signs sharing the message.

Butterfinger said that a 30-second spot would air on CBS during the third quarter of the NFL's historic Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, which will launch the brand's umbrella campaign, "Bolder Than Bold."

This marks Butterfinger's second trip to the Super Bowl, having aired "Threesome" during Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 to help introduce  Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups.

Thirty-second spots are going for upward of $5 million, according to industry analysts.

"Next year’s Big Game is the perfect platform to let Butterfinger’s funny, bolder than bold attitude shine," Kristen Mandel, Butterfinger brand manager, said in a statement. "Butterfinger will be ready to celebrate boldness -- in bold moves, bold people and bold events."

Separately, PayPal said it would launch its "first major brand campaign as an independent company" via a 45-second spot during the first quarter of Super Bowl 50.

According to  Greg Fisher, PayPal vp-global brand marketing, "This ad is more than a commercial — it’s our opportunity to introduce the world to PayPal’s vision for the future of money — to empower people and businesses to move and manage money securely, efficiently and affordably."

For Butterfinger, a teaser spot opens with the text, "When we make an announcement, we do it Bolder Than Bold," then follows Schram of NorCal Skydiving (Cloverdale, Calif.) as he prepares for his jump, then leaves a plane at 12,000 feet.

While munching on a Butterfinger, he holds up cards that read, "On February 7th Butterfinger will unveil . . . A Big Game ad that is not just bold . . . It's Bolder Than Bold."

The ad directs people to the brand's Twitter account, complete with the hashtag #BolderThanBold. Social media support also includes YouTube and Facebook.

According to Mandel, “Butterfinger delivers a truly bold trifecta — a bold yellow wrapper, a bold brand personality and a bold, gets-stuck-in-your-teeth eating experience. Butterfinger has always strived to live life to the fullest — full of laughs and not taking itself too seriously . . . (This) is just the first step in Butterfinger’s quest to take bold and make it even bolder in a way that is guaranteed to make you laugh."

The spot will be created by Santo and directed by Armando Bo, co-writer of the Academy Award-winning film Birdman.

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