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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.

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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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Nov282016

Pepsi Promotion Plans To Deliver Fans To Super Bowl LI With Papa John’s 

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 28, 2016: As the weeks in the NFL season grow shorter and the playoffs draw closer, marketing for Super Bowl LI is getting more of the spotlight.

Pepsi, which for the fifth consecutive year and sixth overall will be the exclusive sponsor of the half time show, has joined with Papa John’s, the league’s official pizza partner, for a sweepstakes that is offering tickets to the event.

The "Halftime of a Lifetime" promotion is "giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a front-row seat at the Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show at Super Bowl LI," where the headliner will be Lady Gaga.

More than 116.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's half time show.

Super Bowl LI and Halftime Show will be broadcast by Fox Sports from NRG Stadium in Houston.

According to Pepsi and Papa John’s, "Every NFL gameday from now through December 25, consumers who purchase two medium one-topping Papa John's pizzas and a two-liter Pepsi-Cola beverage will receive a promotional code to be entered for a chance to win an epic Super Bowl experience, including VIP game tickets, sideline passes to the Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show and access to one of the hottest Super Bowl LI parties." (Details here.)

"Papa John's Pizza and Pepsi are a delicious part of making the game day experience even better for our fans," Robert Thompson, svp-marketing for Papa John’s, said in a statement. "Offering consumers the chance to be part of Super Bowl LI and on the sideline for the Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience."    

Both brands will support the effort with multi-media marketing.

In addition to the 'Halftime of a Lifetime' promotion, select Papa John's locations will also offer "Papa's Play" during NFL Monday Night Football on ESPN.

"Pepsi and Papa John's are NFL gameday staples, so we are thrilled to amplify our collective presence at Super Bowl LI."

According to  Papa John’s, "If the teams facing off combine to score 51 points or more, the 'Papa's Play' offer — a large one-topping pizza and any 2-liter Pepsi-Cola beverage for $10 — will become active." (Details here.)

Pepsi said this is it the first-time that parent company PepsiCo has extended its contractual rights to the Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show for use to a key customer.

According to Roberto Rios, svp and CMO for PepsiCo Foodservice, "Pepsi and Papa John's are NFL gameday staples, so we are thrilled to amplify our collective presence at Super Bowl LI. We are excited to extend our partnership and will continue to collaborate in innovative ways to elevate our consumers' experiences."

Pepsi sponsored the Super Bowl Half Time show in 2007 (Super Bowl XLI) and has been the exclusive presenting sponsor since 2013 (Super Bowl XLVII).

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