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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
Oct132016

Westbrook, Irving Help NBA Prep For Season With 'This Is Why We Play' Ads

By Barry Janoff

October 13, 2016: With the 2016-17 season about to tip off, the NBA is unveiling the latest incarnation of its multi-platform “This Is Why We Play” umbrella campaign. Initial spots break this week online, with the first ad hitting broadcast tonight (Oct. 13) on TNT during a pre-season double-header (Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Clippers).

The spot, “Zeroes,” features a voiceover by Russell Westbrook, who explains how, at the beginning of a season, despite what happened the previous year, all teams have a clean slate and start with the same record.

The second launch spot, "29," features a voiceover by Kyrie Irving, who helped to lead the Cavaliers to the NBA title last season, relating how hard it was to win the championship, but that it would be at least as difficult to repeat.

"This Is Why We Play" was unveiled as the league’s global marketing mantra last season.

"Zeroes” features shots of league stars, including Stephen Curry and LeBron James, as team records from last season flash across the screen: the record-setting Golden State Warriors (73-9), NBA champion Cavaliers (57-25), San Antonio Spurs (67-15), Toronto Raptors (56-26) and even the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-53), Brooklyn Nets (21-61) and Philadelphia 76ers (10-72).

But, according to Westbrook, “You can’t live in the past. The wins and the losses. The joy. The drama. The what-ifs and should-haves. All that means zero now. We all start from zero. This is why we play.”

“29” opens with close-ups of Irving, shows the Cavs lifting the NBA title trophy, then cuts to other stars — including James Harden, Karl-Anthony Davis, Dirk Nowitzki and Aaron Gordon — on other teams who are hungry to win the championship this season.

“Winning was a challenge,” says Irving. “But repeating will be, too. Because there are 29 teams in our way again. And they’ve all come back stronger. More determined. More experienced. And ready. they won’t back down. But neither will we. This is why we play.”

The NBA said that more spots in the “This Is Why We Play” campaign will break during the season.

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