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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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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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Apr112011

With NBA Playoffs Ticking, LeBron James Makes Time For New Global Deal

LeBron James sports an Audemars Piquet watch as part of his new global marketing alliance. (PHOTO: Audemars Piquet)April 11, 2011: Last week, LeBron James became a part owner of the Liverpool Football Club, one of the most storied franchises in international sports.

Now, James is part of another international company as marketing spokesman for high-end watchmaker Audemars Piguet.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The alliance comes as James and the Miami Heat hit the playoffs seeking to win the NBA title.

In addition to representing the brand on the international stage, James will collaborate with Audemars Piguet to "create a very special limited-edition watch." James said he would donate the proceeds from any future auctions of his timepieces to his namesake charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation and its children’s related activities.

Other Audemars Piguet brand ambassadors include race car icon Michael Schumacher, international soccer star Lionel Messi, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, and such pro golfers such as Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Vijay Singh.

The alliance was official unveiled at SoHo Beach House, Miami Beach, at an event where attendees included Philippe Merk, CEO of Audemars Piguet and Francois-Henry Bennahmias, president of AP North America; and James' Miami Heat teammates Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard.

“Audemars Piguet and I strive for excellence in all our endeavors,” LeBron said. at the event. “I am honored to be the next global brand ambassador and join the ranks of industry greats who have previously represented the brand. I am also excited to collaborate with AP on an exclusive timepiece that will be the ultimate symbol of our partnership."

Among James' marketing alliances are Nike, Sprite and State Farm.

“We have a history of partnering with those at the top of their game and right now, LeBron is like a comet."

According to Francois-Henry Bennahmias, “We have a history of partnering with those at the top of their game and right now, LeBron is like a comet. Not only does he burn up the court, but he maintains the right balance of family, philanthropy and fame.”

“LeBron James is a gifted athlete and an exceptional humanitarian," said Philippe Merk. "His mission truly mirrors ours and we are delighted to welcome him to the Audemars Piguet family."

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