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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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Tuesday
Oct192010

What Does Magic Johnson Have In Plan For His Future With The NBA?

October 18, 2010: Earvin "Magic" Johnson became bona-a-fide NBA Hall of Famer without having to "be like Mike." But he may follow in the footsteps of hoops legend Michael Jordan, who this year became a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Johnson has sold his minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers, which he acquired in the mid-1990s after retiring from the NBA after having spent his entire career with the Lakers. 

Johnson followed that up by selling his shares in 105 Starbucks franchises, giving him a two-deal windfall of more than $100 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Analysts predict the move could preclude Johnson's purchase of a much larger share of another team, including the NBA's Detroit Pistons, a franchise recently acquired by Mike Ilitch. Ilitch is head of Little Caesars Enterprise and also majority owner of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and MLB's Detroit Tigers. Under NBA rules, Johnson could not own parts of two different franchises. Johnson is said to be seeking a larger share of the Pistons than he held with the Lakers. Although specific financial details were not revealed, Johnson had a 4.5% stake in the team, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times also indicated that despite selling his shares, Johnson would remain a vp with the Lakers.

Johnson is a native of Lansing, Mich. and attended Michigan State. He has been involved with several successful business enterprises since ending his playing career. His shares of the Lakers were sold to Dr. Soon-Shiong, described by the team as a Lakers season ticket holder for more than 25 years who, among other positions, is the executive director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics and Bioengineering at UCLA.

"This was a bittersweet business decision made on behalf of my family and myself . . .  I am and will always be a Laker for life.”

 “The sale of Earvin’s share of the team is a business decision which will not change our relationship," Lakers majority owner Dr. Jerry Buss said in a statement. "Our friendship goes well beyond business.”

According to Johnson, "This was a bittersweet business decision made on behalf of my family and myself, and I want to assure all the wonderful and loyal Lakers fans that my decision will in no way affect my dedication and support for the Los Angeles Lakers. I am and will always be a Laker for life.”

Johnson, drafted by the Lakers with the first overall pick in 1979, played his entire 13-season career with the Lakers, leading the team to five championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) and nine appearances in the NBA Finals. He was named NBA MVP three times (1987, 1989, 1990) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1980, 1982, 1987).

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