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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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Friday
Sep082017

Wannabe Designers Seek Shoe Business Fame With adidas, James Harden

By Barry Janoff

September 7, 2017: NBA all-star point guard James Harden wants a new pair of shoes, and adidas and YouTube Red are happy to make that a reality.

And speaking of reality: Harden will get those shoes thanks to Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge, described as the "first unscripted competition series where aspiring footwear designers from around the world battle it out to determine who can design, develop and produce the next great sneaker."

The eight-episode show is scheduled to debut on YouTube Red on Sept. 13,

As with other "unscripted" reality shows, Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge sees competitors seeking to design the next great pair of kicks as they face a series of challenges.

The ultimate prize: Design for Harden, who plays for Houston Rockets (and is an adidas spokesman) a limited-edition sneaker and get a footwear design job at adidas.

The series, which "emphasizes a mix of footwear design and professional skills," features 12 competitors operating in four teams. One team will make it to the top, with adidas manufacturing an exclusive limited run of the winning design scheduled to become available in November.

The concept comes with strong creative genes.

Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge is executive produced by Ken Mok, founder and president of 10X10 Entertainment  (America’s Next Top Model); and sneaker designer D’Wayne Edwards, founder of the Pensole Footwear Design Academy. 

The series is produced by global sports marketing agency Lagardère Sports, Pensole and Hollywoodlaundromat.com.

The host is Adande "sWooZie" Thorne, whose YouTube channel has nearly 5 million subscribers and has received 700 million-plus views.

Guests will include actors Anthony Anderson and Jamie Chung, musicians Fetty Wap and Macklemore, NBA stars Harden and Damian Lillard (also an adidas spokesperson), model Ashley Graham, author and restaurateur Eddie Huang and tennis legend (and sneaker innovator and adidas spokesman) Stan Smith.

The series will culminate with "What Happens in Vegas: Go To Market Finale," during which the winning team and D’Wayne Edwards will present Harden with his original basketball sneakers in Las Vegas.

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