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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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Jul132009

NBA, Sears Hit The Road To Support Protégé B-Ball Shoes

July 13, 2009: Sears Holding has signed a deal with the NBA and siblings WNBA and the NBA Development League to support Protégé, a low-cost line of basketball shoes sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart. The line was created by Al Harrington, now with the New York Knicks, when he was a member of the Golden State Warriors. The initial component of the alliance will be a Protégé Basketball Block Party, a touring grassroots event that will make stops in eight cities throughout the summer, beginning this week in Los Angeles and later visiting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, and Chicago. The Protégé Basketball Block Party will be promoted via TV, radio, print and online content.

Stephen Jackson of the Warriors, who was a teammate of Harrington's at Golden State, has been endorsing the line. WNBA players Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury) and DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks) are also endorsers. The line, with an average SRP of $34.99, follows in the footsteps of Stephon Marbury's Starbury, which is now sold online but had been exclusive to Steve & Barry's at $14.98 before the retailer went out of business. Kmart earlier this year broke a multi-media effort for Protégé shoes and apparel, via Draftfcb, Chicago, "Meet My Protégé."

The Protégé Basketball Block Party is an 18-wheel, 53-foot show truck that transforms into a 4,500 square foot basketball playground. The events will feature free on- and off-court interactive activities including shooting contests, measure-up activities, basketball clinics and appearances by current and former NBA, WNBA and NBA D-League players.

“This program is another example of how we work with our partners to create exciting and interactive basketball activities that engage the dedicated fan bases of the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League," Mark Tatum, NBA evp-marketing partnerships, said in a statement. The NBA has been active during the offseason, including its new deal in which Taco Bell replaced McDonald's as the league's official QSR.

Kmart Bringing Back Low-Cost NBA Shoes

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