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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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Feb282013

How Rory McIlroy Used His Head (Phones) To Make A Sound Decision With Bose

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

February 28, 2013: Rory McIlroy not only sits atop the world of golf, he is a burning star on Madison Avenue.

The latest example is a deal signed with Bose Corp. to become a global brand ambassador for the company’s headphones, portable speakers, home and automotive systems. Financial terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed.

McIlroy earlier this year signed a multi-year deal with Nike that industry analysts put at $15-$20 million annually. His deals, which also include Audemars Piguet, are handled by Horizon Sports Management, Dublin.

The alliance with Bose was organic, according to the company, which said that McIlroy has been a "Bose customer for years."

“We want Rory’s fans and our customers to know that if they hear from Rory about Bose, it’s on behalf of something he chooses – not something we choose for him,” Bob Maresca, president for Bose Corp., said in a statement.

According to the Framingham, Mass.-based company, McIlroy's Bose products include the SoundLink Mobile speaker II, the Bose VideoWave II entertainment system, the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones and the Bose MIE2i mobile headset.

“I’m a huge headphone guy,” McIlroy said when the deal was unveiled. “And Bose headphones are the best I’ve found. I use their in-ear headphones to work-out, and their noise canceling headphones to travel. Whether I need motivation, or to tune-out, I reach for Bose. Their headphones go with me everywhere.”

"We know a lot goes into his game even when he’s off the course. He loves music, just like we do, and we’re thrilled to be a part of how he competes and relaxes.”

“Rory is a once-in-a-generation athlete,” said Maresca. “Just like his millions of fans around the world, we’re amazed by his talent and his passion. We know a lot goes into his game even when he’s off the course. He loves music, just like we do, and we’re thrilled to be a part of how he competes and relaxes.”

McIlroy said that among the reasons he aligned with Bose for marketing are that “They are driven. They innovate. They make the investments to outperform the competition. And I can relate to that.”

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