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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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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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Aug232013

AmEx Puts American Players Stephens, Keys, Sock At Center Court In U.S. Open

By Barry Janoff

August 23, 2013: Serena Williams enters the U.S. Open as the No. 1 women's player in the world and also as the top-ranked American player among men or women.

However, American Express has signed a deal with three young Americans — Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Jack Sock — to represent the financial firm in multi-media activations as they seek to work their way to the top.

The 20-year-old Stephens is ranked No. 17 in the world among women and the 18-year-old Keys No. 40, but they are No. 2 and No. 5, respectively among U.S. women.

Sock, 20, is No. 87 among men worldwide and No. 3 among U.S. men behind John Isner and Sam Querrey.

Stephens' alliance extends to 2014, according to American Express, an official partner of the U.S. Tennis Assn. and the U.S. Open.. Stephens also has deals with Under Armour, Head and Johnson & Johnson's Listerine. Keys has deals with Nike and Wilson. Sock has an alliance with adidas.

Financial terms of the AmEx deals were not released.

Stephens, Keys and Sock will appear in a variety of activations during the U.S. Open, which runs Aug. 26-Sept. 9. That includes Internet, social media such as Facebook and YouTube and appearances at the American Express U.S. Open Fan Experience in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

In addition, the three players have been working with American Express to refurbish tennis courts in their respective home towns. These are among 80 community tennis courts being refurbished this year through AmEx's Fresh Courts initiative.

Tennis continues to be a strategic part of marketing and sponsorship for a growing number of companies nationwide. The projected spend at the professional and amateur level this year predicted to top $700 million for the first time, up more than $125 million from 2009, according to sponsorship, marketing and research firm IEG, Chicago.

Companies are high on Stephens and Keys because of their playing and marketing upsides. Patrick McEnroe, former player and U.S. David Cup captain, who is working at the U.S. Open as an ESPN analyst, said that Stephens and Keys were the most likely among all American women currently on the WTA tour to join Serena Williams as Grand Slam tournament winners.

"Other than Serena, Sloane Stephens would be the first one [to win a Grand Slam] that comes to mind," said McEnroe. "She's getting close. She's close to the top 10. She's done well in the big tournaments, so would be No. 1. Madison Keys has shown a lot of big game potential, so she would be No. 2."

In addition to AmEx, sponsors for the U.S. Open include Chase, Citizen, Emirates Airline, IBM, JP Morgan, Mercedes-Benz, Esurance, Heineken, Ralph Lauren, Xerox, Evian, Grey Goose, Panasonic, Moet & Chandon, Westin and Wilson.

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