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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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Coming Soon To A Theater Near You: Pedal To The Metal Nascar Marketing

October 21, 2009: In an effort to bring its drivers, events and marketing partners to consumers beyond its core fans, Nascar said it has signed a deal with cinema advertising company Screenvision to place content and activate programs in more than 2,400 movie theaters and on 15,000 screens nationwide. Financial terms were not revealed.

Marketing will include on-screen content, lobby kiosks and concessions, all of which will be made available to Nascar's corporate partners for sponsorship. Nascar said activation would begin in February 2010 prior to the start of the next Sprint Cup Series. As part of the deal, Nascar Media Group will create and produce a 90-second long-form content piece that could include "racing highlights, top moments, driver profiles, behind-the-scenes vignettes and fan tributes."

The alliance comes as Nascar is nearing the finale of a 2009 season in which TV ratings and total viewership are both down from 2008, according to analysts. Nascar's overall fan base, however, remains strong at about 70 million.

Nascar and Screenvision said that the alliance was prompted in large part to the success of such movies as Days of Thunder, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Herbie: Fully Loaded, Cars and Nascar 3-D: The Imax Experience.

“At the end of the day, this is all about celebrating the Nascar fans through our nationwide network of passionate consumers – and creating new in-cinema advertising platforms for Nascar sponsors," Andy Blacker, svp-marketing and research for Screenvision, said in a statement. “With this partnership, Screenvision is recognizing the tremendous potential of Nascar, and we are creating the first ever in-cinema platform for partners to wrap their brands around.”

According to Steve Phelps, CMO for Nascar, the deal epitomizes the effort that the racing circuit is putting into growing its fan base while offering new opportunities for its marketing partners. “Screenvision will bring the excitement and drama of Nascar to a half billion moviegoers each year, including some who are avid fans and some who have yet to attend or watch a race on television," Phelps said in a statement. "Fans want to experience our sport in every way possible, and we can’t wait for them to see and hear their favorite drivers running flat out on 40-foot screens with surround sound.” Back to Home Page