Wednesday
Jun012011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership With University of Louisville and University of Memphis to Host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout

Two-year series will feature match-up of top programs in men’s college basketball

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that it has
formed a partnership with the University of Louisville to host the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout at
the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 pm ET. The
University of Louisville will renew a longtime rivalry with the University of Memphis with a portion of the
proceeds to benefit the non-profit Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports. This will be the start of a series between the two
schools with the return game being held in the 2012-13 season at Memphis.

"The Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout will be an incredible platform for our organization with two very
high-profile basketball programs battling on national television," said John L. Doleva, President & CEO
of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "We would like to thank Louisville and Memphis, as
well as their fans, for supporting the Basketball Hall of Fame."

Both basketball programs have been projected as early top 20 teams for the 2011-12 NCAA Men's
Basketball season. Louisville returns 10 lettermen from its 25-10 BIG EAST Conference Championship
runner-up team, led by point guard Peyton Siva and forward Kyle Kuric, with freshmen Wayne
Blackshear and Chane Behanan expected to be key contributors. Memphis, which finished the 2010-
11 campaign with a 25-10 record and the Conference USA Tournament title, returns the dynamic
backcourt of Will Barton and Joe Jackson and nearly its entire roster while adding impressive
newcomers Adonis Thomas and Stan Simpson.

"Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games," said
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We're excited to have them back on our schedule."

“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to me on numerous occasions about the
Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series,” said Memphis head coach
Josh Pastner. “This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college
basketball’s top rivalries. I have a tremendous respect for Coach (Rick) Pitino and what he has done
throughout his career and at Louisville. We are looking forward to an exciting and hard-fought game
with the Cardinals.”

The game will mark the 86th meeting between the two teams and the first since 2005 when both
schools were members of Conference USA. The schools have also previously shared league
memberships in the Missouri Valley Conference and Metro Conference. Louisville has a 51-34 series
advantage.

The University of Louisville will manage the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout this upcoming
December. Tickets will be handled by Louisville as they would for any other men's basketball home
game and the game will be a part of the Cardinals' season ticket package.

The significant contribution from this game will help the Basketball Hall of Fame in its on-going efforts to
preserve and promote the game at all levels.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional,
collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Wednesday
May252011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Enshrinement Week Information

Ceremony to return to Symphony Hall for third straight year; Ticket Packages Now on Sale

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that the
2011 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by NIKE Basketball, will once again be held at Symphony
Hall on Friday, August 12. This will mark the third consecutive year that the ceremony will be held at
the historic downtown Springfield landmark. As part of the announcement, the Hall of Fame has also
introduced new ticket options for basketball fans to celebrate the Class of 2011 induction.

“We are thrilled to be holding our Enshrinement Ceremony in the heart of Springfield at Symphony Hall,
which always provides a magnificent backdrop for our most celebrated event,” said John L. Doleva,
President & CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are also pleased to offer a
variety of ticket options for fans to join us this August.”

The Hall of Fame is also introducing a new $99 ticket this year, which includes balcony seating for the
live televised Enshrinement Ceremony and a commemorative Official Yearbook Program. Fans from
Western Massachusetts, throughout the Northeast and around the world are invited to come celebrate
one of the biggest events of the year with this ticket package.

The Class of 2011 inductees include former NBA star and 1992 Dream Team member Chris Mullin;
five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman; ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore and four-time NCAA
women’s coach of the year Tara VanDerveer; in addition to four-time Olympic gold medalist Teresa
Edwards; European star Arvydas Sabonis; all-time NCAA wins leader Herb Magee; eight-time NBA
champion Tom “Satch” Sanders; coaching legend Tex Winter; and former Harlem Globetrotter
Reece “Goose” Tatum, who will be honored posthumously.

“Enshrinement is always one of the highlights each year in Springfield as many of basketball’s legends
return to the roots of the game to welcome in another class of their peers,” said Springfield Mayor
Domenic J. Sarno. “We are excited to have Symphony Hall once again act as the centerpiece for this
city-wide celebration.”

Over 50 former Hall of Famers are once again expected to attend this year’s ceremony including
Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Phil Jackson and Geno Auriemma, as well as Rick Barry, Hubie
Brown, Van Chancellor, Jerry Colangelo, Jody Conradt, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, Anne Donovan,
Marques Haynes, Bailey Howell, Dan Issel, Sam Jones, Meadowlark Lemon, Nancy Lieberman,
Moses Malone, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, C.M. Newton, Jack Ramsay, Dolph Schayes and David
Thompson.

“We are honored to host such a prestigious event and to welcome back the Basketball Hall of Fame,”
said Cindy Anzalotti of Symphony Hall. “Since opening our doors in the early 1900s and then through
our renovations in 2004, we are always pleased to represent the City of Springfield.”

The weekend’s signature events culminate with the Celebration Dinner at the Mohegan Sun Resort &
Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, August 13, which features a lavish dinner and live music, the
Parade of Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The VIP Pre-Reception grants guests
a premium open bar as Hall of Famers and VIP guests interact outside the magnificent pre-function
space. Tickets to the Celebration Dinner are $350.

For more information on Enshrinement Tickets, please call the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ticket Office
at (413) 231-5540. Different levels are available – as outlined on page 3 – ranging from $1,000 VIP
tickets to $99. Each ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation to benefit the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional,
collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

Friday
May132011

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Partnership with GAW

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – May 13, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a marketing partnership making GAW High-Speed Internet (Great Auk Wireless) its “Official Internet Provider.”    

As part of the agreement, GAW will provide equipment, installation and management of the Hall’s WiFi connectivity throughout the year, including its annual Enshrinement Week events.  Both parties will also provide marketing support to each other during the year which includes exposure and branding on-site at the Hall of Fame Complex as well as reciprocal website links.  GAW, a Connecticut-based wireless Internet service provider (WISP) offers Internet, digital phone service and local HDTV throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to form this partnership with the Basketball Hall of Fame,” said H. Josh Garza, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GAW High-Speed Internet Inc.  “It is an honor to have a marketing affiliation with one of the most distinguished landmarks in New England, and to continue to offer Internet service to residents and businesses in our greater Springfield area.”

Garza explains that GAW is a natural for communities in desperate need of low-cost, high-quality broadband Internet and is a service with minimal environmental impact in areas of rough terrain and topography.

About GAW High-Speed Internet:

As New England’s largest high speed wireless Internet service provider, GAW offers to home subscribers and businesses, broadband wireless Internet access, digital phone, and TV.  GAW services are available throughout the greater Springfield, MA area as well as in communities in CT, NH, and VT where some of these communities are not otherwise served by standard cable or telephony based broadband Internet services.  GAW represents an alternative to traditionally wired services with lower cost and faster deployment versus cable or DSL.  For more information, visit www.GAW.com or call 1.855.GAW-SPEED.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.  For more information, visit www.hoophall.com or call 1.877.4.HOOPLA… on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBHOF... on Twitter: @hoophall

Tuesday
May032011

Basketball Hall of Fame to Participate in Green Travel Initiative

MassDOT & NuRide partnership rewards commuters for environment-friendly travel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – May 3, 2011 - The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and NuRide, in a new green travel initiative. This program will reward individuals with a discounted admission offer to the Hall of Fame when they take greener trips such as carpooling, biking, walking, or other means of alternative and eco-efficient travel, in place of driving alone.

“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to partner with NuRide and MassDOT, in an effort to help improve the environmental sustainability of our community and region, “ said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to add this partnership to the already outstanding green projects currently being endorsed in the City of Springfield and surrounding communities.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame to reward commuters for taking a greener trip,” said NuRide CEO Rick Steele, “which reduces traffic, cleans the air, and puts more money in each person’s pocket which is good for businesses and the economic vitality of every community we serve.“

To participate in the program, individuals can sign up for free on the NuRide web site at www.nuride.com and earn points for taking greener trips such as walking, biking, telecommuting, carpooling, vanpooling, or taking public transportation. Points can then be redeemed for special rewards from great local companies participating in the program, like the Buy One-Get One admission offer extended by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

About NuRide, Inc.:

NuRide is the nation’s largest rewards program for individuals who take greener trips, which include walking, biking, telecommuting, carpooling, vanpooling and taking public transportation. NuRide is a free service and is supported by sponsors who provide special offers to NuRide members for taking greener trips and reducing global warming, traffic congestion, and energy consumption. In Massachusetts, NuRide is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. For more information on NuRide, please visit www.nuride.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

Wednesday
Apr202011

Grant Hill Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors

Becomes First Current Player Ever Elected to Board

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced that NBA star Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns has been elected to the Board of Governors for a three-year term.  He is the first current player to ever serve on the Hall of Fame’s Board.  He will serve as one of 22 members of the Board of Governors, which is chaired by Jerry Colangelo.

“It is truly an honor to be included as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors and to represent the living history of basketball,” said Hill.  “It is important for the current generation of players to get involved with the Hall to be help recognize the ambassadors of the game before us.”

As one of the most versatile players ever to play in the NBA, Hill has had a successful career playing with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and now the Suns.  He began his career at Duke University where he helped the Blue Devils win National Championships in 1991 and 1992.  After being drafted third overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Pistons, he was named the co-NBA Rookie of the Year in 1995 and went on to become a seven-time NBA All-Star.  He was named All-NBA First Team in 1997 and has also received three NBA Sportsmanship awards in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

“Grant Hill has been one of the most dedicated, honorable and well-respected individuals the game has ever seen,” said Colangelo.  “The Board recognized that Grant has offered a high level of leadership and integrity both on and off the court for so many years at all levels of the game.”

The Board of Governors serves as the group responsible for overseeing the management of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Made up of individuals that work in or have worked in the game as well as business leaders that have supported the game, the Board oversees the governance of the Hall and its election process as well as to determine ways to raise revenue and awareness.  The Board of Governors are ambassadors for the Hall promoting its core mission, which is to celebrate the greatest moments and people in basketball.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors:

Valerie Ackerman, Former President, WNBA & USA Basketball

George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports

Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, President, CEO and Owner, Manna, Inc.

Greg Butler Senior V.P. & General Counsel, Northeast Utilities

Jerry Colangelo (Class of ‘04), Chairman, Board of Governors and Chairman, USA Basketball

Jody Conradt (Class of ‘98), Former Head Coach, University of Texas

Charles Denson, President, Nike Brand, Nike Inc.

George Dickerman, Chairman (Retired), Spalding Sports  

Russ Granik, Deputy Commissioner, (Retired) NBA

Robin Harris, Executive Director, The Ivy League

Grant Hill, Player, NBA’s Phoenix Suns

Mannie Jackson, Chairman (Retired), Harlem Globetrotters International

William Koenig, NBAE EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, NBA

Joel Litvin, President, League & Basketball Operations, NBA

Joseph LoBello, Chairman (Retired), Peoples Bank

Harvey Mackay, Chairman & Founder, MackayMitchell Envelope Co.

Greg Shaheen, Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances

Tom Stultz, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, IMG College

Mark Tatum, Executive VP, Global Marketing Partnerships, NBA

Jim Taubenfeld, Attorney, CPA & CFO, Me Salve, Inc.

Victor Ugolyn, Chairman, Wisdom Tree Trust, Chairman, MONY Securities (Retired)

Elaine Wynn, Director, Wynn Resorts