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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.

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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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May162012

Nintendo's Got Game, Joins Kids Mobile Tennis Tour Heading To U.S. Open

Special to NYSportsJournalism

May 16, 2012: Nintendo of America has signed a deal with the U.S. Tennis Assn. to become an official sponsor of the SmashZone Mobile Tour, the interactive tennis fan attraction that is traveling the country en route to the U.S. Open in New York this summer.

The alliance is part of the marketing effort to support the release of Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, scheduled to hit retail on May 20.

As part of the agreement, Nintendo said it would incorporate video game kiosks into the SmashZone experience throughout the duration of the tour. The partnership will launch May 19-20 at the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard.

Nintendo will be an official sponsor of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, scheduled for Aug. 25 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The 2012 U.S. Open runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 9.

The tour is part of the USTA's "10 and Under Tennis" initiative to introduce and promote the sport to youngsters. Other marketing partners for the SmashZone Mobile Tour include Esurance, Xerox Tennis Magazine and SportCourt.

“Video games can serve as a gateway to help get kids interested in real-life sports and activities,” Scott Moffitt, evp-sales and marketing for Nintendo of America, said in a statement. “Mario Tennis Open features all their favorite Nintendo characters and fast-paced tennis action that people will have fun experiencing.”

SmashZone Mobile includes a 53-foot trailer, which features interactive activities and anchors four kid-sized tennis courts for youth play. The Nintendo video game kiosks will be located in the game room of the trailer. Nintendo brand ambassadors will be on site to provide hands-on demonstrations of Mario Tennis Open.

According to Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive, Community Tennis, “We are thrilled to welcome industry leader and innovator Nintendo as an official partner. Their collaboration and support of the SmashZone Mobile Tour provides a tremendous opportunity to engage thousands of parents and children throughout the country.”

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