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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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Jan132011

Hershey's Sweetens Sports Sponsorships With Football Hall Of Fame Deal

Emmitt Smith will return to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a spokesman for Hershey's.January 13, 2011: Hershey's is not an official marketing partner of the NFL. In the candy category, rival Mars has official NFL exclusivity, including activation with such brands as M&Ms, Twix and Milky Way.

So as the NFL playoffs and the drive to Super Bowl XLV heat up, Hershey's has taken a different, yet economically linked, strategy to activate with pro football. Hershey’s Chocolate has signed a marketing deal with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and has enlisted Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, to act as spokesperson.

Hershey's promotion is the second national activation with the Pro Football Hall of Fame this season. Phillips-Van Heusen along with JC Penney are currently running the second Fan's Choice campaign, directing consumers and football fans to vote for their unofficial choices for the Class of 2011.

Anchoring the partnership is the Hershey’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Sweepstakes, offering consumers the opportunity to visit the site in Canton, Ohio, alongside Smith,who was inducted into the Hall last year. Now through Feb. 28, a multi-media campaign with Smith directs consumers to a dedicated Web site. There, visitors can enter the sweepstakes, which is dangling a top prize of  a trip for four to the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Weekend, Aug. 5-8, and to spend time with Smith. In addition, the winner will also have their likeness on display in the form of a chocolate bust.

Hershey's also is awarding 20 Hall of Fame 2010 induction ceremony footballs autographed by Smith and 100 Pro Football Hall of Fame $100 gift cards. (Full details here.)

In a spot playing at the Web site, Smith relates, "My name is Emmitt Smith. I was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now you can join me. Enter right now for a chance to win a trip to the next Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend, where I'll be your host."

“Hershey’s is excited to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith to bring added excitement to the playoff season,” Anna Lingeris, spokeswoman for The Hershey Co., said in a statement. “Not only are Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolates a great game day snack, but the brand is also taking fans’ love of football to the next level with the chance to see themselves next to their favorite Hall of Famers, but in chocolate.”

"Hershey’s is excited to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Emmitt Smith to bring added excitement to the playoff season."

The alliances with Hershey's and Phillips-Van Heusen are part of a dedicated effort by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to broaden its efforts to reach not only dedicated and casual football fans, but more marketing partners.

"The public may have heard about the Hall of Fame in August during induction ceremonies and the Hall of Fame game, which opens the NFL pre-season, and then again perhaps during Super Bowl week when the official inductee class for that year is announced," Mike Kelly, evp-marketing for Phillips-Van Heusen, said during an interview with NYSportsJournalism during the Fan's Choice Class of 2011 launch event this past September." But [Hall of Fame executives] saw opportunities for more. [They saw] a tremendous opportunity to bring the Hall of Fame to the public year round."

Phillips-Van Heusen Expands NFL Alliance From Hall Of Fame To Fields Of Dreams

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