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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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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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Monday
Sep102012

Lexus Joins McDonald's, Craftsman, KFC As NFL Network 'TNF' Season Sponsor

By Barry Janoff

September 10, 2012: With its schedule for the season expanded from eight to 13 games, NFL Network is becoming more of a prime destination for marketers than in previous seasons. The latest example: Lexus has signed on as the title sponsor of the halftime show for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.

NFL Network's Thursday Night Football debuts Sept. 13 with the Chicago Bears visiting the Green Bay Packers. It runs through Dec. 13 when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to NFL Network, the Lexus Halftime Show will originate live from inside each respective stadium for the entire season. Financial terms of the deal with Lexus were not disclosed.

Alliances for the weekly games on NFL Network also include Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman, the KFC Pre-Kick Show and the McDonald's Post-Game Show.

Among its support, Lexus said it would activate on such NFL Network platforms as broadcast, Thursday Night Football streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon and digital, including NFL.com’s Game Center. Lexus also said it would launch a "Thursday Night Football Challenge" (with details to follow). Lexus previously had a smaller role with the Thursday night programming.

The automaker this month launched its "Stunning Work of Technology" multi-media campaign to introduce the 2013 Lexus ES. Lexus ran its first commercial on a Super Bowl broadcast this past February for the 2013 GS.

NFL Network has been running a campaign, "It's Seriously Fun," to support the enhanced Thursday Night Football schedule.

Leading in to every Thursday Night Football game, Grammy Award-winning artist Cee Lo Green will sing “I Love Football,” set to The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The 90-second opener for each Thursday Night Football game will also feature videos created and uploaded by fans to coincide with the teams playing that night.

NFL Network said that Thursday Night Football last season averaged a record 7.3 million viewers (including over-the-air stations in competing team cities), which was up 4% from 2010.

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