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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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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

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May172010

President Bill Clinton Will Again Lead The U.S. - In Bid To Host World Cup

May 17, 2010: The USA Bid Committee, which is spear heading the move to bring either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States, said that former President Bill Clinton has accepted an invitation to become Honorary Chairman.

In his role, President Clinton will work with such USA Bid Committee members as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor-comic Drew Carey, former boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya, Walt Disney Co. president and CEO Robert Iger, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director-actor Spike Lee and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

President Clinton will be involved in promoting the USA bid’s cause in the months leading to the final decision in December. His new role with the USA Bid Committee was on May 17 at a news conference at the FC Harlem soccer facility in New York.

The arrival of President Clinton comes less than a week after the U.S. submitted its official bid book to FIFA in a formal ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland. Australia, England, Russia, Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments; Japan, Qatar and South Korea have only applied to host the tournament in 2022.

FIFA’s 24-member Executive Committee will study the bids, conduct site visits and name the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments on Dec. 2, 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.

The U.S. wants to host the FIFA World Cup either four or eight years after Brazil.“In my travels around the world – from the dirt fields of Lusaka, Zambia, to playgrounds in schools across America – I’ve seen the transformative power soccer has to bring people together and transform lives on and off the field,” President Clinton said during the press conference. “I continue to be impressed with FIFA’s work to promote the game as an agent for positive social change, and I’m proud to represent the United States in our bid to bring the World Cup tournament back to American soil, allowing us to inspire action and cooperation on an even greater scale.”

This past October, the USA Bid Committee released an independent study that estimates a conservative domestic economic impact of five billion dollars if the United States is chosen to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The findings indicate that the total economic impact projected for any one host city ranges from approximately $400 million to $600 million at today’s dollar value.

Eighteen U.S. cities are represented the U.S. bid as potential hosts of FIFA World Cup matches in 2018 or 2022: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington D.C.

The U.S. last hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1994. The 2010 World Cup is in South Africa and the 2014 World Cup will be played in Brazil.

U.S. Makes Formal Bid To Host FIFA World Cup In 2018, 2022

Who's In, Who's Out In U.S. Bid To Attract World Cup

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