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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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Sep242014

Aaron Rodgers Passes The Test In 'Most Valuable Photobomber' Ad Campaign

By Barry Janoff

September 24, 2014: Aaron Rodgers is known for his prowess on the football field as quarterback for the NFL's Green Bay Packers, which sometimes entails him throwing long bombs to his receivers.

But Rodgers is also known for another type of bomb — the photobomb — especially when it comes to crashing pictures that others are taking of his teammates.

Since early in his pro career, which dates back to 2005, Rodgers has made it his quest to appear in as many photos featuring other players as possible, with a particular penchant for appearing in every pre-game photo taken of the honorary team captains for the day.

Now, Associated Bank is putting Rodgers photobombing in marketing.

The Green Bay-based financial firm, which is a sponsor of the team and traces its alliance with the Packers to 1919, has unveiled a campaign, "Most Valuable Photobomber," asking people to create their own photobombs. The reward: a football autographed by Rodgers.

"He is there to make his mark in every captains' photo," Jim Biever, long-time Packers team photographer, says in a video via NFL Fims supporting the effort. Adds Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, "Aaron has become a mini-legend in photobombing."

"The first year I was kind of in the background, and then I started to get a little quirky," Rodgers offers in the spot. But people still didn't notice."

Rodgers says he has progressed to using such props as a camera, Gatorade cups fashioned as a pair of binoculars, hats, party favors and a pirate's eye-patch.

According to Associated Bank, people can participate in the "Most Valuable Photobomber" event by going to any Wisconsin Associated Bank branch and taking a photo with a life-size Aaron Rodgers cutout; or visiting a dedicated Web site where they can upload a photo "that will be photobombed by the an image of Rodgers.

People who share their photo on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest with the hashtag #GoodFit will automatically be entered to win one of ten footballs signed by Rodgers. Associated Bank said the winners would be randomly chosen at the end of the sweepstakes, which runs through Dec. 31. (Details here.)

In addition to the MVP 'Most Valuable Photobomber' sweepstakes, people who go through the Associated Packers Fan Experience at all home games in Lambau Field this season "will receive their photo with the featured photobomb from Aaron Rodgers."

The campaign comes as Rodgers and Green Bay have struggled early in the season (1-2 and ranked 28th in total years through three weeks). To which Rodgers said this week on his weekly local radio show on ESPN, "Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We're going to be OK."

Rodgers takes in about $6 million annually in local and national endorsements, according to industry analysts, including State Farm and Nike. He has been working with Associated Bank since 2011.

"Aaron Rodgers is an MVP both on and off the field," Christopher Piotrowski, CMO for Associated Bank, said in a statement. "While he is definitely a 'Most Valuable Player' on the team, he also holds the title of 'Most Valuable Photobomber.' We thought the time has come to fully appreciate the art of photobombing and to honor No.12, one of the best in the business."

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