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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%

Poll from YouGov.com

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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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Saturday
Jun062015

'NBA 2K16' Game, Marketing Gets Spike In Interest From Curry, Harden, Davis, Lee

By Barry Janoff

June 5, 2015: 2K Sports' NBA games have always tried to provide something beyond the players on the court and the options available to those who play the game.

Spike Lee, whose resume includes directing such films as She's Gotta Have It, Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, He Got Game and Summer of Sam, has written and directed an all-new MyCAREER mode that will be part of NBA 2K16.

Lee also takes a lead role in marketing to support the video game's release, scheduled for Sept. 29.

According to Lee, “Partnering with legendary 2K and Visual Concepts is one of the most unique challenges I’ve had in filmmaking, and allows me to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling. My hope is fans will feel even more connected to the world of basketball in NBA 2K16.”

The cover of the game also is also a change from the norm, featuring three NBA stars each getting their own individual cover: NBA MVP Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans).

“This season has been an incredible journey for me and my teammates, and being selected as a cover athlete for NBA 2K16 is an amazing way to celebrate this year," Curry said in a statement. "It’s a blessing to be named a member of this special group and I am honored."

MyCAREER, which enables gamers to become the story of an NBA player, in NBA 2K16 features a "rich, original story written and directed by Lee and produced by Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule," according to 2K.

“Working with Spike Lee on NBA2K16’s MyCAREER has elevated our most popular game experience from both a visual and narrative perspective,” Greg Thomas, president for game developer Visual Concepts, said in a statement. “By writing and directing the MyCAREER storyline, Spike brings the real world experience of the NBA to life like never before making NBA 2K16 the ultimate simulation.”

The theme of the marketing campaign, "Story is Everything," picks up the tagline of the game itself, "Be the Story."

"No basketball game exists in a vacuum," Lee says in the campaign's TV spot, which he narrates while shots of basketball hoops, courts, trophies and NBA action. "What's come before. What will follow. On these courts, the score is everything. It's what makes us cheer and boo. Before the game has even started, it's what turns us into fans and haters. It gives us underdogs, upsets, dynasties, buzzer-beaters, classic rivalries.

"At its best," he continues, "the story can turn a jump shot into The Shot (as we see Michael Jordan hitting the NBA Finals game-winner against the Utah Jazz in 1998)."

Ultimately, Lee asks, "So, what will your story be?" (See the full spot here.)

Support includes Internet and social media destinations.

"Fans had a chance to get a glimpse of what I’m capable of this season, so I’m honored to be recognized as a cover athlete of NBA 2K16," Harden said in a statement about his experience and story. "I’ve dreamed of making it since I was a kid, and seeing myself on the cover is an incredible feeling.”

Added Davis, “I’ve enjoyed working with 2K the past few years and it’s an honor to be selected for a cover of NBA 2K16. Just thinking about the players who have been on NBA 2K covers before me makes me feel humbled to be in such amazing company.”

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