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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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Nov032010

Marketers Psyched Over Kobe's Hoops Commitment For 2012 Summer Games

November 3, 2010: The 2012 Summer Olympics are still about 630 days away, but basketball fans and marketing partners of USA Basketball received some good news when Kobe Bryant revealed that he will play on the team heading to London.

Bryant, who helped lead the USA Men's National Basketball team to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was a guest on the Sirius XM radio show hosted by Mike Krzyzewski, who is head coach of the men's team and also head coach of the Duke men's hoops squad.

"It’s a huge honor to be a part of that," Bryant told Krzyzewski. "You guys want me there, I am there and I'm ready to defend. And then when you guys need me to put some points on the board I'll do that too."

USA Basketball marketing partners include State Farm, Gatorade, Tiffany, Joseph Abboud, Got Milk? and Nike, which also partners with Bryant. The 2012 Summer Games will be held July 27-Aug. 12, 2012.

"It’s a huge honor to be a part of that. You guys want me there, I am there."

Bryant, a member of the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, is not only among the best players in the league but also a highly regarded athlete among the global sports and sports marketing community. His Lakers' jersey, for example, has been the top-selling NBA jersey in Europe for three consecutive years and  has topped the sales charts in China for four years. This past pre-season he toured with the Lakers as part of the NBA Europe Live tour that included a game at The O2 in London, which will host the final stages of the basketball competition at the 2012 Olympics.

However, Bryant will be 34 when the Games are played, a fact to which he alluded during his time on Krzyzewski's show on Nov. 2. "If anything, I’ll just be [New York Yankees relief pitcher] Mariano Rivera [and] come in in the last two minutes.”

Bryant was not on the U.S. squad the won the FIBA World Basketball championship this past summer. The squad was led by Kevin Durant and other NBA players including Rajon Rando, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry. Players such as LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony also are considered top candidates for the 2012 squad.

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