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ABA making another run at Indy market

September 17, 2014
With a little help from the Shriners, the Indy Naptown All Stars are confident they can sellout their 16 regular season home games at Tech High School. The team's home opener is already sold out.

In wake of NFL scandal, Colts donating to domestic violence charities

September 11, 2014
Colts owners announce plans to make sizable donation to charities helping victims of domestic violence. But Jim Irsay appears to support embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ray Rice incident could reverberate all the way to Colts franchise

September 10, 2014
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's three daughters, each now listed as vice chair/owner of the team, haven't said much to the press. Maybe now is a good time for one or all of them to break their relative silence.

IndyCar TV ratings up, sponsors want more

September 5, 2014
Although television viewership of IndyCar Series races is still lagging far behind what most sponsors and potential sponsors would like to see, there is cause for some optimism in the open-wheel paddock.

MainGate wins Super Bowl contract, but surprised by bigger loss

September 3, 2014
Indianapolis-based merchandise company is already gearing up to bid on the lucrative Super Bowl 50 contract. This time, MainGate is going after the whole deal.

Colts' Monday Night Football home opener not yet sold out

August 28, 2014
Team officials remain confident sellout streak dating back to early 2003 will remain intact.

Indians likely to eclipse all-time attendance record Saturday

August 27, 2014
Less than a decade ago, it appeared that the sinking economy would put a big dent in the Indianapolis Indians. Now, the minor league team is reaching new heights and aiming even higher.

Colts make first-of-its-kind commitment to fund high school coaches' training

August 26, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.

Radio vet launches Indy's third local afternoon sports show

August 21, 2014
Former Emmis program director who helped launch 1070 The Fan is hosting a show weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WXNT-AM 1430. He faces stiff competition from JMV and Query and Schultz.

Finding Jim Nabors' replacement no easy task for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

August 20, 2014
While some followers of the Indy 500 want a Hoosier such as John Mellencamp or Sandi Patty to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the big race, IMS officials won't limit the search to those with Indiana roots.

Indy Eleven leads NASL in attendance, could add capacity next year

August 13, 2014
Indy Eleven officials want to raise revenue but have no interest in raising ticket prices. With the team selling out home games, Eleven chief Peter Wilt will have to get creative, and eventually make another run at a new stadium.

Tag Heuer plans major IndyCar-centric marketing campaign

August 7, 2014
As part of its sponsorship deal with the IndyCar Series, Tag Heuer will get naming rights to the Pit Stop Challenge held in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500, will have signage and displays at the IMS and will market an Indy 500 special edition watch.

George injury will cost Pacers plenty of money

August 6, 2014
If rising star Paul George is lost for the entire 2014-2015 season, his absence will likely trigger an eight-figure loss for the Indiana Pacers.

Notre Dame boosting college football ticket market, IU dragging it down

July 30, 2014
When it comes to getting into college football games, not many places are more expensive than Notre Dame. IU meanwhile depresses ticket prices on the secondary market more than any school in the Big Ten except one.

LeBron's latest decision sends Indy plant into action

July 28, 2014
An Instagram message from LeBron James Sunday afternoon set off a torrent of activity at Adidas’ printing plant on Indianapolis' east side, the likes of which hadn't been seen in five years.

IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go

July 25, 2014
Sunday's second race in Toronto was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBC Sports Network in nearly three years.

Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat

July 23, 2014
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are not holding out much hope the NASCAR Sprint Cup race they host will ever return to its glory days when it drew more than 250,000 fans annually.

Pacers have some explaining to do to their fans

July 17, 2014
More than a few Indiana Pacers fans complained the team isn't doing enough to make good on Larry Bird's promise to improve this off-season. Pacers marketers find themselves in a sticky situation.

Two major factors drove Stephenson to Charlotte

July 16, 2014
Lance Stephenson's agent says his client's spurning the Pacers' contract offer in favor of a shorter-term deal in Charlotte is not all about the money. Then what is it about?

IndyCar team selling off assets at auction

July 10, 2014
Panther Racing, once one of the best little teams in the IndyCar Series, is now being sold off in pieces. A number of high-profile items are expected to draw a crowd.

Local sports magazine in financial peril

July 9, 2014
VYPE High School Sports Magazine is facing fourth down. But the owners of the seven-year-old publication are considering all options to keep it alive.

Volleyball event's projected impact raises questions

July 2, 2014
When Visit Indy announced this week that Indianapolis had landed the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships and that it would carry a $59 million economic impact, a few eyebrows were raised.

Clock ticking on Natatorium repair plan as Olympic trials loom

July 2, 2014
In November, Mayor Greg Ballard hoped to have City-County Council approval in January on a financing plan to help fix the IUPUI Natatorium. Now some councilors wonder if the mayor is changing directions on the issue.

Indians won't consider name change; attendance soars

June 25, 2014
With a shot at record attendance and increased profit this year, the Indianapolis Indians have no intention of changing a thing despite the brouhaha over teams with Native American names and logos.

NASCAR cuts staff as Brickyard 400 nears

June 24, 2014
New chief operating officer spins stock car series 180 degrees. NASCAR, one of the few sports entities to add employees during the recession, is now paring down.

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.