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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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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Mar042012

Coca-Cola, 7-Eleven Serve Up March Madness Marketing

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

March 4, 2012: Coca-Cola's PowerAde is the official sports drink of the NCAA. 7-Eleven stores know that consumers in March want to celebrate March Madness.

In anticipation of the Big Dance ready to being later this month, PowerAde and 7-Eleven have joined to honor four memorable moments in NCAA Men's Basketball Div. I Final Four history.

Four limited-edition cups are now available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide ($1.49 each). Each of the four "Miracle Match-up" Big Gulp cups features a stand-out former NCAA basketball student-athlete during a "game-changing play."

Included are (in chronological order): Lorenzo Charles, 1983, North Carolina State Wolfpack; Jon Bryant, 2000, University of Wisconsin Badgers; Taliek Brown, 2004, University of Connecticut Huskies; and Tony Skinn, 2006, George Mason University Patriots.

A quick response (QR) code on each Big Gulp cup links to a mobile PowerAde Web site, where CBS Sports analyst Greg Anthony hosts a brief video on each cup's featured big play. For a limited time, this video content is exclusive to 7-Eleven, compliments of PowerAde.

Other March Madness-related features this month at 7-Eleven stores include:

• A custom-made pair of neon-colored Slurpee high-top sneakers will be awarded to five Slurpee consumers. The cost to enter the contest is five Slurpee Rewards Points, and winners will be selected in a random drawing at the end of March. (Full details here.)

• Slurpee fans who tweet answers to daily basketball opinion or trivia questions on Twitter and include the hashtag – #BigGulpHoop – will be entered to win a Slurpee-branded mini-basketball hoop and ball. Five of the mini-hoops will be awarded daily during March.

• 7-Eleven has created a virtual towel pop (like painful towel pops in locker rooms after a big game) for sports-lovers to send to friends from the Slurpee Web page. The e-towel pop can be found on the Slurpee Nation Rewards page and is free to send. Unlimited towel pops can be sent, but only one animated snap at a time.

• A second free offer is a "teeny-tiny sweatband" for a Slurpee spoon-straw. The wee red, white and blue sweatband art can be printed from the Web page, cut out and affixed to any Slurpee straw, because nobody likes a sweaty straw.

"These Big Gulp collectible cups match up well with one of our key consumer demographics, sport fans ages 18 to 45," Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven svp-merchandising, marketing and logistics, said in a statement. "These cups are a create value as a re-useable soft drink container."

A Mountain Berry Blast flavored by PowerAde is available on both Slurpee frozen carbonated beverage and Big Gulp fountain machines. This is the first time a PowerAde flavor has been developed for a 7-Eleven frozen carbonated beverage, but it is not a sports drink, according to Coca-Cola.

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