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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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Thursday
Nov082012

Lionel Messi Puts His Head (& Shoulders) Into U.S. Hispanic Marketing Campaign

By Barry Janoff

November 8, 2012: Lionel Messi is regarded as the best international soccer player in the world. Now, thanks to Head & Shoulders, he has an opportunity to display his heading skills for domestic consumers and fans.

The hair-care division of Procter & Gamble said that Messi would appear in a marketing campaign to promote its Refresh for Men line targeting Hispanic men in the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Messi, who has been appearing in Head & Shoulder ads in Latin America since July, joins a U.S. roster of spokesmen that includes Troy Polamalu (Pittsburgh Steelers), Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins) and Olympic medal record holder Michael Phelps.

According to Head & Shoulders, the 25-year-old Messi has been a consumer of the brand for years, adding that his "charisma, talent and confidence on the field were a natural fit . . . as the brand continues to connect with fans via their passion for sports and seeks to speak to the ever-growing Hispanic market."

Head & Shoulders said that the three-time FIFA world player of the year, who plays for La Liga FC Barcelona and is captain of the Argentina national team, would star in ads on TV, Internet and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Lead agency is Dieste, Dallas.

Messi earns almost $20 million annually from endorsements, according to industry analysts, including deals with adidas, PepsiCo, EA Sports and Herbalife.

In an initial spot, Messi is seen in action on the pitch, ultimately scoring a game-winning goal. (Ironically, there are no shots of him using his head.)

A voiceover offers in Spanish, "Messi believes that to play good football, it is important to keep a cool head and have clean hair in order to have better confidence. Lionel Messi keeps his head cool and his hair free from dandruff with Refresh for Men."

He then heads to the locker room, where he gives a young fan an autograph. In what appears to be a nod to the classic Coca-Cola commercial where "Mean" Joe Green gives a boy his jersey (later re-created in a humorous spot starring  Polamalu), Messi hands the kid his scarf. (See the full spot here.)

"The fact that Leo is a fan of Head & Shoulders, and now our ambassador, gives us a tremendous opportunity to be able to create a personal connection with our Hispanic male consumers,” Michael Saabia, Head & Shoulders brand manager, said a statement.

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