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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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Aug032009

Marketers Make The Most Of Michael (Jordan)

August 3, 2009: If you think you've been seeing a lot of Michael Jordan in marketing, you have, and most of it is not related to his position as head of basketball operations at the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats outpost. Jordan, considered the greatest pro basketball player of all-time, is being inducted into two Halls of Fame over the coming months: this month in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate as a member of the 1992 gold winning men's basketball "Dream Team," and in September in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Among the companies who are running campaigns with Jordan are Gatorade, which has just released a limited-edition SKU honoring Jordan's career, which is being supported by TV, print and online; and Hanes, which is running its campaign in which Jordan interacts with actor Charlie Sheen. Jordan also has thrown his support behind Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics, including PSA TV, print and online.

Now, Jordan Brand, the division of Nike that focuses on Jordan shoes and those from Team Jordan, is putting about $250,000 into an exhibit at the Naismith Hall of Fame that includes about 6,000 square feet of artifacts covers Jordan's career from college at North Carolina, the Olympics and the NBA. The exhibit includes shoes, jerseys, basketballs, championship rings, a four-minute highlight movie and even baseball memorabilia from his short-lived pro baseball career.

Jordan will be honored at the Naismith Hall of Fame on Sept. 11 along with a class that includes David Robinson, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Jordan's induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame comes Aug. 12 in Chicago. Other Dream Team members include Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Larry Bird. Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Christian Laettner, Robinson, Stockton and head coach Chuck Daly.

"I would never have envisioned myself at any point being in any Hall of Fame," Jordan said when told he was part of the Naismith Hall of Fame class of 2009.

Jordan, Bird, Magic, Sir Charles Earn Olympic Hall Of Fame Status

Jordan Supports Chicago 2016 Bid With PSAs

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