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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jul292015

Jimmy Kimmel Is A Hoops Trash-Talking Bobby Butter In Foot Locker Campaign

By Barry Janoff

July 29, 2015: Spouting such trash talk as "I'm like mayonnaise because I'm smooth but dangerous to leave open" and "My crossover is dirtier than a coal miner's loofah," Jimmy Kimmel channels his inner Basketball Jones playground hoops persona in a new TV spot for Foot Locker.

The commercial, "The Bobby Butter Story," which breaks this week, also stars NBA players Damian Lillard and Andrew Wiggins, who imply that not having the latest gear and footwear from Foot Locker might cost you a pro basketball career.

The spot finds Lillard, who was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2013 with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Wiggins, who was named Rookie of the Year this past season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, walking on a street alongside a neighborhood playground.

"Listen, Andrew," Lillard says to Wiggins, I've been Rookie of the Year and you can't let early success make you complacent,"

"I hear you," replies Wiggins. "That's why I'm starting fresh this season with new adidas gear from Foot Locker."

"You gotta evolve," observes Lillard. "You don't want to end up like Bobby Butter."

We then see Kimmel as Butter, in a game of pick-up hoops, wearing a mishmash outfit and outdated kicks seemingly left over from the 1980s. Butter can talk smack — "I'm like propane — I'm going to be in your grill all day" — he chides to an opponent after hitting a long jump shot. But apparently he didn't have the fashion style to make in as a professional.

"He had all the talent in the world," Lillard says to Wiggins. "What happened, Butter?"

Text offers, "Start fresh. If it's at Foot Locker, its Approved."

We than hear Kimmel as Butter trash talk,"My crossover is dirtier than a coal miner's loofah."

"Loofah?" asks Wiggins.

"It's a fancy sponge," explains Lillard. (See the full spot here.)

According to Kimmell, "Playing Bobby Butter allowed me to showcase both my basketball skills and sick street style. I've been wearing adidas since the '80s when I was one of the founding members of Run DMC."

"Kicking off the back-to-school season with two young NBA talents — Lillard and Wiggins — is a perfect way to feature the hot new adidas Originals gear hitting Foot Locker stores," Stacy Cunningham, evp-marketing for Foot Locker, said in a statement. "Tying in Jimmy Kimmel makes the spot even more fun as we continue to push the comedic expectations of our 'Approved' campaign."

In addition to TV, the effort includes Internet, social media and POP.

Lead agency is BBDO, NY.

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