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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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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Thursday
Oct022014

McDonald's Campaign Welcomes Back LeBron, Monopoly, Mr. Moneybags

By Barry Janoff

October 2, 2014: As part of a new campaign from McDonald's, a TV commercial heralds the return of a star, and then gives us a shot of LeBron James, who this season again will play for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. But in a humorous turn, the camera then focuses on Mr. Moneybags, the iconic character from the Hasbro game, Monopoly.

The spot, "He's Back," helps to support this year's version of the fast-feeder's Monopoly promotion. Among other items it is offering such prizes as cash, vacations, a shopping experience in Target and the opportunity to have a "one-on-one experience: with James and a host of other sports stars, including Patrick Kane of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks), U.S. Women's National Soccer Team star forward Alex Morgan and Nascar driver Jamie McMurray.

The promotion runs now through Oct. 27 (details here).

The campaign includes several TV spots, print, Internet and POP. Lead agency is DDB, Chicago.

A "Playing for Greatness" commercial stars all four athletes. James is featured solo in "Top Hat" (in which he sports a real version of the Monopoly top hat game piece) and co-stars with Mr. Moneybags.

James was drafted by the Cavaliers out of Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 2003, where he stayed until signing with the Heat as a free agent in 2010-11. He helped lead the team to  four consecutive NBA Finals, including back-to-back championships, before reuniting with the Cavs for the 2014-15 campaign.

"He's Back" opens with shots of James in a limo driving at the junction of 90 East and Interstate 490 leading into Cleveland. As fans holding "Welcom Back" signs clamor along the roadway, a voiceover says, "He's back. And the lovin' is greater than ever."

But when the rear passenger window rolls down, we see that their focus is directed toward Mr. Moneybags, seated next to James, waving to the crowd. When the car heads to a McDonald's Drive-Thru, James thanks an exuberant server who is handling the order, but, again, it's actually Mr. Moneybags who has her attention.

"Welcome back," James says to Mr. Moneybags, who responds, "You, too."

"Let's play this game," James concludes. (See the full spot here.)

James has been a McDonald's endorser since 2010. He is ranked first on the 2014 Sports Illustrated Fortune 50 list of U.S. athletes with some $38 million in annual endorsements. His deals also include Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Beats by Dre (now owned by Apple), Samsung, Dunkin' Donuts and Upper Deck.

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