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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Monday
Jul192010

Lindt Chocolate's First Global Campaign With Federer Nets Sweet Sweepstakes

July 19, 2010: Chocolate company Lindt is activating its first global campaign behind tennis star Roger Federer, anchored by a sweepstakes offering the top prize of a trip to New York to watch Federer in action and an ultimate prize of a trip to Zurich to take a tour of Lindt's headquarters with Federer.

Now through Sept. 12, 2010, consumers are being directed to www.Lindt.com to participate in "The Perfect Match" sweepstakes, a game that gives players the opportunity to win daily prizes, including Lindt Chocolate gift cards valued from $25-$100 value and Nike duffle bags autographed by Federer. Five consumers will have the opportunity to receive a three-day trip for two to New York this summer, where they can watch Federer "during one of the biggest tennis events of the year," according to Lindt.

The 2010 U.S. Open is being played in New York from Aug. 30-Sept. 12. Lindt is not an official U.S. Open marketing partner and is unable to use the event's branding or terminology in marketing.

In addition, all players will be entered into the grand prize sweepstakes for a chance to win a three-day trip for two to Zurich, Switzerland, to visit Lindt's global headquarters.  During the trip, the winner will attend a meet and greet with Federer and be given a personalized tour of the Lindt & Sprungli chocolate plant. The Federer campaign is also being supported via social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Federer, currently ranked No. 3 in the world behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, signed with Lindt last October as the company's first global celebrity endorser. Like Lindt, Federer is a native of Switzerland.

Federer's other endorsement deals include Nike, Rolex, Gillette, Jura, Mercedes Benz, NetJets and Wilson.

"The values Federer and Lindt share — Swiss, premium, passion, quality — makes our partnership a 'perfect match,'" Thomas Linemayr, CEO and president of Lindt USA, said in a statement.  "Our sweepstakes is a great way for consumers to get a personal taste of our Swiss heritage, and experience the enjoyment of our premium chocolate and tennis-related prizes."

 

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