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NBC wins, Oprah seeks Olympians

August 25, 2008
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This year’s Summer Olympics turned out to be a winner for NBC. Through Saturday night, NBC was averaging a 16.2 rating—meaning about 27.7 million viewers tuned in for its prime time coverage. Nationally, 28 percent of households on average tuned...
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IUPUI, Pacers negotiating deal

August 25, 2008
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The IUPUI men’s basketball team appears headed across town to play home games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Officials for Pacers Sports & Entertainment said they would let IUPUI make any announcement. University officials said an...
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Harrison can catch, but won't pitch

August 22, 2008
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Marvin Harrison is a football superstar, but he sure isn’t a commercial superstar. Harrison had a deal with Degree antiperspirant in the late 1990s and another with the Got Milk campaign following the...
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Subway jilts Tony Stewart

August 21, 2008
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is having a pretty bad week. During the same week Stewart was docked 150 points for his team’s efforts to mask his car’s true horsepower at a recent Nationwide...
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Indians' prospect featured in SI

August 21, 2008
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Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew McCutchen is included in a baseball prospects feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated. The print version includes a photo of him shot by team photographer Bill Gentry. SI...
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Crean chasing Hoeppner's record

August 20, 2008
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean hasn’t even coached his first game for the Hoosiers, and he’s already breaking records. Yesterday, Crean signed the richest coaching contract in IU history, a 10-year $23.6...
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Will JMV drive over to The Fan?

August 19, 2008
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A couple things became clear from reader feedback I’ve been getting about a story I wrote regarding dueling sports/talk radio stations for this week’s print edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal. First, fans of WNDE-AM 1260 are much more...
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Colts fans let Lucas hear it

August 19, 2008
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Lucas Oil Products Inc., and its owner Forrest Lucas, are taking a beating from IBJ readers after his request that Indianapolis Colts fans and local media not call the team's new stadium "The Luke." Lucas...
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Indians get attention from ESPN

August 18, 2008
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It just keeps getting better for the Indianapolis Indians this season. With attendance already on its way to eclipsing last season’s total of 586,785, the Tribe is getting a boost from two special...
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Colts creativity rings cash register

August 18, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts sell sponsorships like Peyton Manning throws touchdown passes. A lot of the credit goes to the team’s former sales and marketing boss Ray Compton, who sold everything imaginable...
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Local firm boosts USA Gymnastics

August 15, 2008
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Local marketing firm Three-Sixty Group created an unprecedented ad campaign for USA Gymnastics, aimed at capitalizing on this month’s Olympics. The campaign debuts today with an eight-page insert in USA Today. USA Gymnastics...
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Theismann calls LOS NFL's finest

August 15, 2008
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Joe Theismann has been inside every single National Football League stadium. The former quarterback and TV announcer said yesterday that the new Lucas Oil Stadium is a one-of-a-kind. “I’m not saying it’s one of the best...
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George named motorcyclist of year

August 14, 2008
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George has been named 2008 “Motorcyclist of the Year” by Motorcyclist, one of the most widely circulated motorcycle magazines in the U.S., for his efforts to bring the...
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Indy fights for another Final Four

August 13, 2008
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NCAA officials today announced that Indianapolis is one of eight cities in the running to host the women’s basketball Final Four in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; San Antonio and Tampa Bay...
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IUPUI's Hunter is genuine article

August 13, 2008
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IUPUI men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter has been criticized for being over emotional and too demonstrative during games. Some Div. I athletic directors and basketball coaches have told me that trait has held...
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Colts ask fans to pump up volume

August 12, 2008
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One week from today, most of the Indianapolis Colts players will get their first look inside the new 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium. Players will be checking out the field surface, lighting and other...
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IRL TV rating down at Kentucky

August 11, 2008
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The television ratings for the Indy Racing League race at Kentucky Speedway continue downward. The have been cut in half since 2006. This year, the Nielsen overnight rating for Saturday’s race was .43, meaning...
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Olympics scoring record viewership

August 11, 2008
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The medallists aren’t the only ones smiling at the Beijing Olympics. Officials for NBC are absolutely giddy. After two nights of coverage, NBC is averaging a 16.2 rating and 30 percent U.S. audience...
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IRL title sponsor hunt on track

August 8, 2008
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After signing a new television deal with cable channel Versus, Indy Racing League officials are still confident they can ink a title sponsor by year’s end. Sources close to negotiations said there are five...
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IRL TV deal raises questions

August 7, 2008
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The deal the Indy Racing League got from Versus cable channel to air its races starting next season, is so good, league officials said during a conference call today, it prompted them to abandon the remaining year they had to...
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Are Colts QB shopping?

August 7, 2008
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Chad Pennington is no Peyton Manning. He’s no Jim Sorgi either. Pennington is expected to be traded or released today by the New York Jets, who just acquired Brett Favre from the Green...
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Simon puts prints on Pacers

August 6, 2008
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Herb Simon’s proclamation yesterday that Indiana Pacers’ point guard Jamaal Tinsley must go, raised a few eyebrows here in the Hoosier Heartland. Just a few months ago, you couldn’t get the team’s co-owner...
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Nikon deal helps IRL in Australia

August 6, 2008
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Officials for Nikon yesterday announced they signed a deal to be the title sponsor the Indy Racing League race in Australia in October. The race in Surfers Paradise will be called the Nikon Indy...
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New stadium's food vendor for sale

August 5, 2008
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The company city officials hired to handle general concession sales and premium dining at Lucas Oil Stadium could be sold before serving its first hot dog at the 63,000-seat venue set to open...
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Favre's return spurs Colts question

August 4, 2008
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Brett Favre is returning to Green Bay today to play for the Packers. This after Packers brass offered to pay him $20 million to stay away. This got me thinking. Which of the Indianapolis Colts that has retired or otherwise left ...
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