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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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Monday
Jan042016

NBA, State Farm Ensure Alliance For More Years, Add USA Basketball, D-League

By Barry Janoff

January 4, 2016: Helping to usher in the New Year, State Farm said it has signed a new multi-year marketing alliance with the NBA, which began in 2010.

State Farm said it would continue to work with the NBA and the WNBA on various programs, including State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA Draft and WNBA Draft presented by State Farm and as presenting partner for the WNBA Community Assist Award.

Key additions to the new deal include State Farm becoming an official supporter of the NBA D-League and USA Basketball, where it will work on such efforts as the USA Basketball Exhibition Tour.

State Farm also has been integrated into the NBA’s 25,000-square-foot flagship store in New York, which opened last month, via the State Farm NBA Store Assist Center, a branded concierge service for customers.

In addition to its activities at the league level, State Farm also has stanchion signage with 25 NBA teams.

Financial terms of the renewal were not disclosed.

According to the insurance firm, "State Farm has defined its relationship with the NBA through the metaphor of 'the assist,,' a term that aligns with the company’s mission of providing help to their millions of customers across the country."

The new pact comes on the heels of State Farm unveiling an ad campaign, "The Hoopers," which features NBA stars including Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Garnett, Damian Lillard and Kevin Love.

The effort, which broke on Christmas Day and will include five TV spots and multi-platform support, replaced the three-year effort, "Born to Assist." The TV spots, including the introductory "Meet The Hoopers," see the family getting into various situations in which they get an assist from their neighbor, a State Farm agent.

“At State Farm, creating meaningful relationships with customers and providing them with real help when they need it isn’t just a job, it’s in our DNA,” Patty Morris, marketing director, brand content for State Farm, said in a statement regarding the new campaign. “The ‘Hoopers’ gives us a chance to demonstrate that in an entertaining way through the context of basketball. Even an all-star family can use an assist every now and then.”

State Farm spots are in regular rotation among the NBA’s media partners, including ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports.

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be part of the NBA's 2016 All-Star weekend in Toronto this February.

The State Farm Assist Tracker, located on the NBA's Web site, monitors the total number of assists generated during the season.

Throughout the regular season, the Boys & Girls Club of America will receive $5 per assist. During the NBA All-Star Game 2016, the organization will receive $1,800 per assist (in honor of the 18,000 agents State Farm has across the country). Assists will be tallied based on the NBA’s official Player Tracking system, with State Farm and NBA providing matching funds for all donations.

State Farm Wants You To Meet, Greet, Tweet The Hoopers

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