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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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Nov022012

Wal-Mart Scores Title Sponsorship Of College Basketball Carrier Classic Games

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

November 2, 2012: Global retailer Wal-Mart has signed a multi-year deal making it title sponsor of the Carrier Classic, a college basketball event that will take place next week the flight deck of the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier docked at Patriot's Point, Charleston, SC.

For the second annual Carrier Classic, two games on Nov. 9 will feature the men's hoops teams from Ohio State and Marquette, and the women's hoops teams from Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The games will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network.

Financial terms of the deal with Wal-Mart were not disclosed. Wal-Mart replaces Quicken Loans as title sponsor. Quickens Loans remains a sponsor of the Carrier Classic.

The inaugural Carrier Classic was played last November between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, docked in San Diego. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among those in attendance. The women's game was added beginning this year.

As was the case last year, the 2012 Wal-Mart Carrier Classic is being played on Veterans' Day weekend and includes major support from and for veterans and the Armed Forces.

Sponsors also include American Airlines, Applebee's, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, EA Sports, JetBlue, LucasFilm, Miller High Life, PowerAde, Quicken Loans, Sears and Southwest Airlines.



Wal-Mart said that support would be anchored by a veteran's appreciation campaign to "promote awareness of the event and encourage every American to share a message of thanks to the over 25 million active duty and veterans who serve our country."

Activation includes a social media campaign on Wal-Mart's Facebook page (where visitors can send a note of appreciation to veterans via text, photos and videos; an in-store promotion in more than 3,300 Wal-Mart locations; and game-day TV ads.

Morale Entertainment Foundation, producers of the Carrier Classic, will support via social media, TV and radio promotion. Messages collected on the Carrier Classic and Wal-Mart's Facebook pages "will be a part of the game production both in-venue and during telecast on NBC Sports Network," according to Morale Entertainment.

"We can now deliver every American's message of 'Thank You' into the largest-ever veteran's appreciation campaign for all those who have served our country."

"With Wal-Mart's support we can now deliver every American's simple message of 'Thank You' into the largest-ever veteran's appreciation campaign for all those who have served our country and the over 25 million active duty and veterans," Ken Kinnear, director for Morale Entertainment Foundation, said in a statement.  "These messages from Wal-Mart customers will be an integral part of our game content and experience."

Separately, ESPN said that its College GameDay Built by The Home Depot on Nov. 10 would originate from the flight deck of the USS San Diego, currently home-ported at Naval Base San Diego. The broadcast is part of ESPN’s fourth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans, which will honor veterans and troops in programming across ESPN’s U.S. media platforms.

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