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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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Wednesday
May252011

Kia Motors Drives Sports Marketing Strategy With MLS New York Red Bulls Deal

May 24, 2011: The New York Red Bulls and Kia Motors America have signed a deal making the automaker an official partner of the Major League Soccer team and their Red Bull Arena.

The alliance is part of Kia Motors strategy to expand its sports marketing partnerships worldwide "to raise awareness and consideration for the Kia brand."

Among other deals, Kia is the official automotive partner of the NBA, has a marketing alliance with the LPGA, has a grown presence in motor sports and has a presence in the NHL. The company also ran a pair of commercials during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLV this past February.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kia Motors joins a Red Bulls marketing roster that includes Panasonic, The Home Depot, Coors Light, Prudential, AT&T, Degree for Men and majority team owner Red Bull.

To kick off the partnership, Kia will be the presenting sponsor of the Red Bulls’ match on June 10 when the team hosts the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena.

"We are excited to partner with the New York Red Bulls and expand our presence with the game of soccer,” Michael Tocci, director, Eastern Region, KMA, said in a statement. “Kia has partnerships with FIFA and CONMEBOL’s Copa America, and the Red Bulls and Red Bull Arena are the perfect partners for us to continue the growth of our brand by leveraging the most popular sport in the world right here in the United States.”

The partnership gives Kia intellectual property rights for the team, as well as Red Bull Arena and the Red Bulls Academy and Training Programs.

“We believe this venture demonstrates the accession of soccer in the United States and the New York Red Bulls’ positioning throughout the world.”

In marketing support, Kia will be prominently featured throughout Red Bull Arena in such venues as branding on player bench areas, in-stadium signage, presence at the arena’s fan Interactive Zone and hospitality. The automaker said it would also be involved in the Red Bulls’ Kicks for Kids program, which benefits various local charitable foundations.

“We are thrilled to enter this partnership with Kia Motors and welcome them into the Red Bull family,” Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover said in a statement. “We believe this venture demonstrates the accession of soccer in the United States and the New York Red Bulls’ positioning throughout the world.”

In 2010, KMA said ti recorded its best-ever U.S. sales and 16th consecutive year of market share growth.

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