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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.

KEEPING SCORE

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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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

Source NBC Sports

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Monday
Jan262015

At Super Bowl 49, Richard Sherman Gets The Disruptive Word Out With T-Mobile

By Barry Janoff
January 26, 2015: Richard Sherman already planned to have a presence in Phoenix with the Seattle Seahawks during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

Now, via a new deal with T-Mobile, that presence is being intensified. And he made his entrance by bus.

Sherman has signed a pact with the telecommunications company to appear in multi-media marketing, beginning with activations in and around the Super Bowl in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 1.

According to T-Mobile, the partnership began with "a very recent Twitter exchange between" Sherman and John Legere, president and CEO for T-Mobile US.

The unifying theme of the Sherman campaign is to "shake up the status quo" and "disrupt the game."

Although that doesn't literally mean disrupting the Super Bowl itself, T-Mobile said it would have a unique presence via three T-Mobile shuttle buses wrapped with Sherman's image, which will offer free rides between key locations.

T-Mobile, also based out of Seattle, said it would then support the alliance with print, digital, social media and outdoor.

A T-Mobile Data Stash Dash taking place this week, with clues being offered on Twitter to find goodies stashed away in Seattle (Jan. 28) and Glendale (Jan. 31), is offering prizes including Super Bowl tickets and hotel accommodations. (Full details here).
The push supports T-Mobile's current "Data Stash" effort.
Separately, T-Mobile unveiled a "Data Stash" commerical with Kim Kardashian. (See it here.)
Financial terms of the pact with Sherman, which runs through the 2015 NFL season, were not shared.
“Richard and I share the same philosophy – compete aggressively, shake up the status quo and most importantly, give it everything you’ve got . . . every time,” Legere said in a statement. “With that kind of alignment, this partnership just flat-out makes sense.”

Sherman also has deals with Oberto beef jerky, FanDuel and Neff sunglasses and headwear.

According to Sherman, “I like T-Mobile’s style. They tell it like it is and disrupt the game. That sounds familiar.”

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