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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.”

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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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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Jul202016

Twitter's Top Sports League (22M Followers), NBA Continues To Build Social Presence

By Barry Janoff

July 19, 2016: Calling it "the fastest way to find out what’s happening in the NBA and to have a discussion about it," Twitter has signed what was called "an expanded content partnership" with the league that will bring exclusive NBA original live programming and more video to Twitter, Vine and Periscope.

The NBA said that through its NBA Digital partnership with Turner, Twitter would deliver a free live stream of a new weekly NBA pre-game show with "first-of-its-kind elements created specifically for integration with Twitter conversation."

The show will be featured exclusively on Twitter for logged-in and logged-out users.

In addition, the NBA said that prior to the 2016-17 season, it would unveil an additional show to stream exclusively on Twitter, with content to be determined.

The partnership also includes an extension of the NBA and Twitter’s Amplify program, with the league increasing its content creation across Twitter, Vine and Periscope.
 
"Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening in the NBA and to have a discussion about it," Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, said in a statement. "Watching NBA basketball together with Twitter is a great experience, and the league has been at the forefront of embracing new ways to reach their fans.  We're happy to bring even more great NBA content to our global audience.”

The NBA joined Twitter in 2009 and now has more than 22.4 million followers worldwide. That puts the NBA at the top among sports leagues worldwide, according to Twitter. (Figures do not include team, player or other NBA-related accounts.)

The NFL is second (19.4 million), followed by the Champions League and Premier League (about 12 million followers each).

Among other leagues, WWE has 7.7 million followers, MLB 6 million, NHL 4.9 million, UFC 4.2 million, Nascar 2.9 million and MLS 2.4 million, per Twitter.

This past April, Twitter signed a deal with the NFL to stream live Thursday Night Football games, beginning this season.
 
Under the agreement, NBA videos on Twitter wouldl continue to include #NBARapidReplay highlights, #NBAVine highlights and behind-the-scenes footage, #PhantomCam player arrivals, plays of the game, animated GIFs, #NBAmixtape custom edits, “Day in the Life” takeovers and Periscope live streams of press conferences and interviews.
 
In addition, @NBA will also produce more videos from major events, including NBA All-Star, NBA Playoffs, The Finals and NBA Draft, which will feature player Q&As, takeovers and behind-the-scenes access.

According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, “We’re excited about bringing live content to Twitter, which has proven to be an ideal destination for real-time sports conversations.

"We’ve seen technology bring fans closer to our game, teams and players in ways we could have only imagined a decade ago. This expanded partnership will help feed our fans’ growing demand for the NBA by more deeply integrating the league across Twitter’s many platforms," said Silver.

NFL-Twitter Deal More Than 140 Characters Long

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