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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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Apr022016

John Cena, Triple H, Divas Help WWE Power TapouT To Larger Fitness Market

By Barry Janoff

April 1, 2016: Global fitness and training brand TapouT, which last year was acquired and re-launched by WWE and Authentic Brands Group, has taken a major move to reach a larger audience, signing a deal to have its apparel available in almost 300 JCPenney stores.

The initial men's line will be joined by the launch of a  women’s collection this summer.

TapouT’s product also includes accessories and eyewear, performance beverages  and fitness centers. More product categories are scheduled to launching later this year.

TapouT, which originated in 1997 as a MMA-specific product, was re-launched as a lifestyle fitness brand last March when it was acquired via a joint venture between WWE and Authentic Brands Group, with WWE making the brand its "official fitness and training partner."

WWE and ABG said that the move into JCPenney would be supported by a fully integrated marketing program, including such WWE global platforms as TV, WWE Network, PPV broadcasts, live events such as WrestleMania, digital and social media.

WWE star John Cena serves as a Tapout brand ambassador. To help the move into JCPenney, he is featured in a new spot taking people behind the scenes of his workout regimen.

In addition to Cena, others in the campaign include Triple H, El Patron Alberto and WWE Divas Natalie Eva Marie, Charlotte and Lana. WWE Divas wear TapouT apparel during their fitness and training activities.

The brand's tagline is intended to reach a broad audience: "Fitness is a lifestyle with no finish line."

“From working out to hanging out, TapouT offers a stylish collection of performance sportswear that’s versatile enough to wear in and out of the gym,” James Starke, svp-men’s apparel for JCPenney, said in a statement. “TapouT has a strong fan base and JCPenney is excited to add this brand to our great assortment of high quality activewear for young men.”

According to Jamie Salter, chairman and CEO for ABG, “We are thrilled to reintroduce TapouT performance apparel into the retail space with JCPenney. The next generation of TapouT preserves elements of the original brand essence while tapping into current consumer needs for apparel that suits their active lifestyle.”

ABG also handles such brands as Prince, Bobby Jones, Ektelon and Juicy Couture, as well as managing intellectual properties for Shaquille O'Neal, Muhammad Ali and the estates of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

“Fitness is my life, and it is important for me to use the high quality and comfortable performance apparel that TapouT offers,” said Cena. “The TapouT brand stands for motivation, discipline and determination, three core values that are key to my active lifestyle.”

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