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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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Feb212017

'Ageless' Actor Rob Lowe Takes The High Road In Marketing Return To Skechers

By Barry Janoff

February 21, 2017: In 2001, Rob Lowe was part of the cast in NBC’s The West Wing; appeared in the TV movie, Jane Doe starring (Teri Hatcher); had the lead role in the move Proximity and was filming Austin Powers in Goldmember (as Middle Number Two).

That year, he also was featured in marketing for Skechers’ dress casual collection.

Lowe has since appeared in numerous movies, TV series (The Grinder, Parks and Recreation, the current Code Black), a series of spots for DirecTV and wrote a memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

The 52-year-old Lowe is now back in a multi-media marketing push for Skechers lifestyle footwear, with the campaign set to launch in the spring.

"Rob helped us introduce our dress casual collection to the world in 2001 and today his appeal crosses the many generations who wear our footwear — so he was a perfect fit then and he makes perfect sense for Skechers again now," Michael Greenberg, president for Skechers, said in a statement.

Lowe’s original campaign for Skechers also included fellow actors and "Brat Packers" Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Dillon.

Lowe is scheduled to appear solo in the new effort, to include TV, print, Internet and social media.

He does, however, join a Skechers roster that currently includes Joe Montana, Howie Long and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Lowe is also the face of a men’s grooming line, Profile, which he created.

"We know he’ll be a great face for our comfortable and stylish men’s footwear collections. It’s like he hasn’t aged a day since his initial Skechers campaign."

According to Lowe, "It seems like yesterday when I first posed for a photographer wearing Skechers. They were good looking shoes then, but I don’t remember them being so comfortable.

"We have a really fun concept about how comfort fits into my day that I think people will love, and it’s exciting that we’re now doing something bigger with a full global campaign that includes a television commercial."

"Rob is extremely talented and loved by fans everywhere, so it’s a thrill to be working with him again," said Greenberg.

"We know he’ll be a great face for our comfortable and stylish men’s footwear collections. Amazingly it’s like he hasn’t aged a day since his initial Skechers campaign."

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