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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

Source NBC Sports

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Hot Shots: NBA Going All-In With Las Vegas MGM Resorts Summer League

Special to NYSJ Sports-Entertainment Business News Service

January 30, 2018: Las Vegas, which last October dealt with the tragedy of a mass shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 850 wounded, is rebounding thanks in large part to sports.

The NHL’s Vegas Knights are in their first season of play, the WNBA moved its San Antonio franchise to the city and renamed it the Las Vegas Aces beginning with the 2018 season in May and the NFL’s Raiders are continuing to move ahead with their planned 2020 relocation.

The NBA has now upped its ante for Vegas, unveiling a plan that for the first time will see all 30 teams compete in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League, its annual showcase for up-and-coming talent.

With every team participating, NBA Summer League 2018 will expand to 12 days and 82 games as part of the usual tournament-style competition.

 Last year’s event featured 24 NBA teams playing 67 games.

The 14th NBA Summer League is scheduled for July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBA Summer League in Vegas began in 2004 with six NBA teams playing a total of 13 games.

The 2017 MGM Resorts NBA Summer League experienced record attendance, driven largely by the presence of such incoming rookies as Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kozma, De’Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum.

NBA Summer League 2017 set records for total attendance (127,843) and single-day attendance (17,500), according to the NBA.

In addition, ESPN and NBA TV combined to televise the most-viewed NBA Summer League ever, averaging 227,000 daily viewers (up 29% from 2016).

A game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers was the most-watched NBA Summer League game in history, with 1.1 million viewers on ESPN.

Across social media platforms, the NBA said fans accounted for 436 million video views, an increase of 37% from 2016.

The Vegas expansion means that the league officially will end the Orlando Pro Summer League, which has been hosted by the Magic since 2002, with teams moving to the Las Vegas competition.

Eight teams played in the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, including the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Magic.

The Mavericks and Heat also played in the 2017 Vegas event.

The league said that ticket information and complete game and broadcast schedules for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 would be announced at a later date.

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