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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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Sep032014

Manning, Sherman, Wilson, NFL Stars, Partners Shine In New Marketing Season

By Barry Janoff

September 3, 2014: Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman were on opposite sides of the line during Super Bowl XLVIII, but the two men are now among the bevy of NFL players who have lined up on Madison Avenue to help usher in the 2014 season.

Manning, in his second season as quarterback for the Denver Broncos and first as a spokesperson for Nationwide Insurance, hits the air with his initial TV spot for the firm during NBC's Thursday Night Football on Sept. 4.

Sherman, who stars at cornerback for the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, brings along his mom, Beverly, as the faces of the new "Mama’s Boy" effort from Campbell's Soup, anchored by a TV spot that supports five new flavors from the brand. Sherman's spot, which broke online, hits TV this weekend.

Among the other players who will star in new NFL creative are Aaron Rodgers (State Farm), Johnny Manziel (Snickers), Russell Wilson (Duracell, Braun, Alaska Airlines), Eli Manning (alongside brother Peyton for DirecTV), Cam Newton (Gatorade, Under Armour, Drakkar), Marshawn Lynch (Skittles), Terrance Knighton (Bridgestone), Nick Foles (Courtyards By Marriott), Patrick Willis (Duracell); Drew Brees, J.J. Watt and Larry Fitzgerald (NFL Mobile from Verizon); Sherman, Colin Kaepernick, LeShean McCoy, Dez Bryant, Eddie Lacy and Von Miller (EA Sports Madden NFL 15); Victor Cruz and Jimmy Graham (ESPN This is SportsCenter); Fitzpartick, Caepernick, Brees and Andrew Luck (Visa); and Brees, Lynch, McCoy, Graham and Demaryius Thomas (Microsoft Xbox).

In its first season as an official NFL partner, Nationwide said it would be "leveraging one of its most powerful branding assets," its advertising theme, "Nationwide is on your side" and newly signed spokesman Manning to get its message to consumers and football fans.

The initial spot, "Jingle," which is part of a larger campaign to run throughout the season, shows Manning as he incorporates the song into various aspects of his daily routine, including driving, making lunch, during practice and in the locker room.

The campaign also supports the insurer's new logo, which was unveiled this week. Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather, New York.

“Everywhere we go, people sing the ‘Nationwide is on your side’ jingle," Matt Jauchius, CMO for Nationwide, said in a statement. "As we developed this ad, we wanted to convey the familiarity of the jingle in a manner that attracts attention in a light-hearted way."

Manning, who takes in about $18 million a year from endorsements, tops among NFL players, also stars in  new campaigns from Gatorade and Papa John's.

Campbell’s Chunky soup, the official soup sponsor of the NFL, brings in Sherman and, for the first time since 2007, a real mom to star alongside her “Mama’s Boy.” In the campaign, Beverly Sherman is the leader of a group of a Seattle Legion of Superfans "who do everything in their power to make sure their favorite gridiron hero gets his Chunky soup." (See the TV spot here.)

“Richard Sherman is one of the elite players in the NFL, he has a wonderful relationship with his mother and his fan base is extremely energetic,” Neeli Straiges, senior brand manager for Campbell’s Chunky soup, said in a statement. “We are excited for Richard and Beverly to be the next faces of this iconic campaign and to be part of the Mama’s Boy history.”

New flavors include Pub-Style Chicken Pot Pie, Sausage & Pepper Rigatoni, Beer-n-Cheese with Beef & Bacon, Jazzy Jambalaya and Mushroom Swiss Burger.

The Campbell's Chunky effort, from lead agency Y&R New York, was "inspired by a superhero thematic" and will include an animated spot featuring cartoon versions of the cast as imagined by renowned illustrator J.J. Sedelmaier."

All of which is, for some, simply a preview for Super Bowl XLIX, to air on Feb. 1, 2015, for which NBC is already getting some $4 million for 30-second spots.

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