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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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Nov262010

It's Gonna Be A Good, Good Night For The Black Eyed Peas At Super Bowl XLV 

November 25, 2010: As they sing in their hit song, "I Gotta Feeling," Feb. 6, 2011 is "gonna be a good, good night" for The Black Eyed Peas. The NFL has confirmed that The Black Eyed Peas would be the music headliners at Super Bowl XLV during the Bridgestone Half Time Show.

The game and half time events will be shown from Cowboys Stadium in Texas, Feb. 6 on Fox. Aside from the game itself, the half time show generates almost as much interest as the roster of advertisers.  During Super Bowl XLIV, more than 153 million viewers in the U.S. watched the half time show starring The Who, according to industry reports.

The Black Eyed Peas are Will.I.Am, Fergie, Apl.Deap and Taboo.

The upcoming game will be the fourth time that Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has sponsored the Super Bowl halftime show. The Nashville, Tenn.-based company this year signed a new deal with the league extending its position as the official tire of the NFL and title sponsor of the Super Bowl half time show for five more years, which now would run through Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

Bridgestone is also the official tire of the NHL and PGA, while sibling Firestone is the official tire of Major League Baseball.

"Getting brand exposure for Bridgestone, getting consumers to associate the brand with the Super Bowl and Half Time show jewel event was important. It's valuable property," John Baratta, President, US & Canada Consumer Replacement Tire Sales division for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, told NYSportsJournalism during an interview earlier this year. "If you look at what is coming up on the schedule, there are very important games that companies want to be part of: Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Super Bowl XLVIII in the New York markets [at the New Meadowlands Stadium]. That's global exposure for the NFL and its partners even beyond what the Super Bowl usually generates."

To support its half time headlining status, The Black Eyed Peas said that people who buy a copy of their new CD, The Beginning, scheduled for release on Nov. 30 (Interscope Records) will have a chance to be their special guest at the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show. (Full details here.) Bridgestone is also running a sweepstakes offering tickets to the game. (Full details here.)

Prior to The Who this past February, Bridgestone-sponsored half time shows featured Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Super Bowl XLII (2008) and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Super Bowl XLIII (2009).

Since forming in 1995, The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 28 million albums worldwide and almost 31 million digital tracks, according to the group. The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Half Time Show is an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

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