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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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Feb142014

Kumho Tire, Already Driving Heat, Lakers, Now First Official Tire Of NBA, D-League

By Barry Janoff

February 13, 2014: Kumho Tire already lists on its sports marketing roster the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But the company is now adding such stars as Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the NBA universe.

Kumho and the NBA have signed a multi-year marketing deal that makes Kumho the official tire of the NBA and NBA Development League in the U.S. and South Korea.

This is the first official league-wide tire partnership for the NBA and D-League and is Kumho Tire’s first partnership with a U.S. sports league. It also is the first major deal signed under the watch of new commissioner Adam Silver.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kumho Tire, headquartered in South Korea and with U.S. operations based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has alliances with the two-time defending champion Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The company also has pacts with the NFL's New York Jets and Buffalo Bills and the USC Trojans.

“Kumho Tire has most recently spent our efforts on building an even stronger foundation with our industry partners," Harry Choi, president and CEO for Kumho Tire North America, said in a statement. "We are confident this partnership with the NBA will showcase a new leaf for Kumho Tire that we are here to be aggressive competitors, supportive industry partners to our dealers and distributors, as well as a high-quality and recognizable brand amongst consumers. We look forward to the exponential gain both our companies will obtain through this new venture.”

“Kumho Tire is a global brand, and we are looking forward to creating programs that will engage fans of both the NBA and NBA D-League."

The official tire of both the NFL and NHL is Bridgestone. Sibling Firestone is the official tire of MLB and the IZOD Indy Racing Series. Goodyear is the official tire of Nascar. Continental Tires is the official tire of Major League Soccer.

As part of its partnership, Kumho Tire said it would have branding opportunities during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans this weekend, Among them, Kumho Tire, will be the presenting partner of the NBA FIT Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Kumho said it is in the process of developing NBA-related marketing creative. It will receive exposure through courtside signage throughout the second half of the current season

During the NBA Playoffs, Kumho Tire will present the “NBA Playoffs Playbacks” series on NBA TV, which will replay the exciting and compelling match-ups from the playoffs in a condensed 60-minute format.

Kumho's activation in the D-League will include presenting partner of the NBA D-League All-Star Game, which is part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend; jersey-front sponsorship of the All-Star Game uniforms; branding on-court, courtside, on pole pads and stanchions; and integration across D-League social and digital media assets.

According to Emilio Collins, NBA svp-global marketing partnerships for the NBA, “Kumho Tire is a global brand, and we are looking forward to creating programs that will engage fans of both the NBA and NBA D-League through new themed advertising, custom content, and activities at marquee league events throughout the season."

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