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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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Dec232009

THQ Resolves Billion-Dollar Videogame Smackdown Lawsuit With WWE, Jakks

December 23, 2009: A legal battle among World Wrestling Entertainment, THQ and Jakks Pacific involving  the  billion-dollar WWE videogame and toy licenses has been settled, with a new alliance in place that could garner another billion.

The three companies had sued each other over a deal that began in 1999 and was scheduled to end on Dec, 31. Under the three-party settlement, the companies will withdraw all claims and end all litigation "without any party admitting to wrongdoing," according to WWE, THQ and Jakks. Under terms of the resolution, THQ and Jaaks have agreed to dissolve their THQ/Jakks Pacific joint venture, enabling THQ to sign a new eight-year deal directly with WWE granting THQ the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish videogames based on WWE content beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

THQ sued Jakks earlier this year after Jakks said it would renew its deal with WWE, which THQ said Jakks had not been authorized to do. THQ said it would pay WWE $13.2 million and would also pay Jaaks $20 million over the next four years in addition to royalties due for the period ending December 31, beginning with a payments of $6 million due June 2010.

From the time WWE entered the videogame market in 1990 through Sept. 30, 2009, THQ has reported net sales of WWE videogames in excess of $1.4 billion. According to marketing and research firm NPD Group, WWE  has been one of the top ten best-selling brands since 1995, including the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 videogame released this year.

“This agreement ensures that WWE games will continue to be an important cornerstone of THQ’s annual release schedule for the long term,” Brian Farrell, THQ president and CEO, said in a statement. “We look forward to working directly with WWE to expand their brand in the video game space through continued game play innovation and increased online delivery of WWE content.”

According to Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO, “This new licensing agreement will ensure that we continue our tremendous success in the videogame industry in the years to come.”

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