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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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Monday
Jun152009

Nike, General Mills, adidas Fast-Break Championship Lakers To Market

June 15, 2009: Nike, General Mills and adidas were quickest to the draw to help the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate the team's 2009 finals victory over the Orlando Magic, while the NHL ramped up more than 100 items to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins defeating the Detroit Red Wings to win the 2009 Stanley Cup. The sweat was still evident on NBA finals MVP Kobe Bryant's face when ABC ran a Nike spot from the "Most Valuable Puppets" series which, although not stating that Bryant and the Lakers had won the title, had the LeBron James puppet shouting, "It's Kobe time!" The spot, "Quickness," has James asking Bryant to prove how fast he is, with Kobe accomplishing several tests of speed and, ultimately, appearing to be in two places at once. Immediately after the buzzer sounded on the Lakers 99-86 Game 5 victory, a spot ran on ABC touting adidas goods at www.NBAstore.com as the destination for a Lakers NBA championship package: T-shirt, cap, towel, DVD for 79.99. And soon there after, General Mills was out with the news of a Wheaties box that will arrive at retail in July to honor the Lakers. The 15.6-oz box will include head coach Phil jackson, Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza and other members of the squad.

Meanwhile, NHL.com was up and running with Penguins championship gear, touting "over 100 championship items to choose from, including T-shirts, hats, pucks, magnets and a Sidney Crosby bobblehead. And the Pittsburgh Fan, a Pittsburgh-based retailer of licensed products for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup Champions merchandise on Friday night. Merchandise is available to purchase immediately at www.ThePittsburghFan.com, and will be available at their retail store, located across from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

 

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