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Volleyball tourney scores for Indy

March 6, 2009
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The biggest women’s sporting event in town this weekend isn’t the Big Ten basketball tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. At least not according to organizers of the 2009 Mizuno Hoosier Mideast Qualifier. In any...
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Importance of NFL Combine up

February 20, 2009
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By most accounts, attendance is up at this year’s NFL Combine, and not because it’s being held for the first time in Lucas Oil Stadium. Veteran NFL scout Chris Landry, who serves as a...
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Ticket tax hike gaining favor

February 19, 2009
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I have bad news for Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis Indians ticket buyers. By the time you buy tickets for next season’s games, you’ll likely be hit with a higher ticket tax....
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Indy's sports strategy under fire

February 9, 2009
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Twenty five years ago, Indianapolis rolled the dice, betting that building this town on sports—amateur and professional—would be a good way to shed the Nap-town image that had dogged the city. The gamble paid off for decades, but now it’s...
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Local firm becoming NFL power

January 7, 2009
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Even as the economy tanks, locally based MainGate Inc. continues to ink major merchandising deals. This week, MainGate signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. This comes on the heels of a...
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NFL Pro Bowl may come to Indy

December 30, 2008
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Indianapolis appears to be in the running to host the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. Today, league officials confirmed they are moving the 2010 Pro Bowl to Miami, the Super Bowl host city that...
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Ticket pricing gets change-up

December 10, 2008
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There’s a new reality in professional sports. Slowly, but surely the people who run sports operations in central Indiana are waking up as the sun rises on a new day. Here’s some news that should help all of us understand...
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Indy's loss is Arizona's gain

November 18, 2008
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USA Basketball today announced it will move its headquarters from Colorado Springs to Glendale, Ariz. Indianapolis and Louisville were the other front runners. Indianapolis officials announced earlier this year they were out of...
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Velodrome becomes slippery slope

September 26, 2008
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You have to give the folks at Indy Parks and Recreation credit for creativity. How many people would consider turning a world-class sporting facility into a glorified sledding hill and hope to profit from it? Shiver...
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Big Ten tourney a tough ticket

March 14, 2008
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Big Ten men’s basketball tournament tickets are selling fast, according to local organizers. Approaching noon today, there were only a few seats available for tonight’s session at Conseco Fieldhouse, which includes games involving...
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Indy finalist for USA Basketball HQ

March 11, 2008
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Indianapolis today is one step closer to stealing USA Basketball's headquarters from Colorado Springs, where the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the U.S. has been located since 1979. IBJ...
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New Orleans to bid for Super Bowl

March 3, 2008
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Competition to host the 2012 Super Bowl suddenly has become a lot tougher. Last week, officials for the city of New Orleans and New Orleans Saints said they are set to bid for the big game, thrusting the hurricane-battered city...
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NFL Combine, Ice smash records

February 25, 2008
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It was a big weekend in Indianapolis. A record 420 credentialed media poured into town to report on the NFL Scouting Combine at the RCA Dome, while a 2007-08 league-high 12,575 fans...
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NFL Combine happy in Indy

February 20, 2008
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With all that’s happening on the local sports scene, it’s easy to forget about the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins today in the RCA Dome. The Combine, which was first held in Indianapolis in 1987, is an event that has...
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Irsay remains key to Super Bowl bid

February 19, 2008
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While Mayor Greg Ballard and his team plan to announce today their intent to bid for the 2012 Super Bowl, sources within the league said Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay will be the determining factor. “They could be the Emerald City,...
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Pan Am Plaza building exodus

February 8, 2008
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IBJ reported Jan. 21 that USA Diving, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field and U.S. Synchronized Swimming were considering relocating to the Disciples of Christ building on East Washington Street. None of the officials for those sports-sanctioning bodies would confirm...
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Will taxpayers support Super Bowl?

February 7, 2008
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Arizona residents’ willingness to pay higher taxes may have a strong impact on Indianapolis’ effort to land the 2012 Super Bowl. Funding from Arizona’s corporate community paid for 80 percent of the host city’s Super Bowl bill this year. But...
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Major League Winners

February 5, 2008
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Author and former IUPUI dean Mark Rosentraub is writing another book. This one, titled “Major League Winners,” focuses on the five U.S. cities he thinks have most successfully used sports as an economic...
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  1. $800M is a lot. There's over 800,000 people in the county/city though. I'm betting the cost of services(police, fire, roads, economic incentives to bring in new business, etc.) in Hamilton County is much more than $1000 per person. In 2012, the city of Carmel's audit report shows receipts of $268,742,988 (about 1/3 of Indianapolis's receipts) for a population of 83,573 (almost 1/10 the size of Indianapolis)...hmm, I wonder why Carmel is such a safer place to live...

  2. Would you let a mechanic diagnose your car over the internet without seeing it or taking it for a test drive? The patient needs face to face interaction with a physician to be properly diagnosed. It would seem to me that the internet diagnosis is about as silly as going to ones mirror and saying, "I wonder what I have"? And then you diagnose yourself. That's free and probably wrong too.

  3. Maybe if we treated the parents of juvie offenders who have 5 babies from 4 different daddies like stray cats and dogs who go around creating a bigger animal control problem, we wouldn't have so much of a "parenting" problem flooding both the social services and (later) correctional systems. The breakdown of morals and parental responsibilities from horndogs who can't keep it in their pants and keep their families together has caused this. If a pit bull attacks someone, it's destroyed. Everyone encourages that pets are spayed and neutered to control the pet population and prevent further issues. Maybe it's time to control the welfare population...

  4. Blocking two blocks of a street along Broadripple Ave. is not going to stop "pedestrians" from walking around. The article stated that seven people were injured as a result of a skirmish between two gun-toting "pedestrians"...not drive-bys. Most of the crimes that are committed in BR area are done by "pedestrians" that are walking in the area...not driving by. This may alleviate traffic going through the area and may steer some folks away from coming to the area because of the extra inconvenience but it will not stop a pedestrian, on foot from toting a gun while walking in that area....period.

  5. Please run for mayor Joe. We need someone to come in and clean house. They past two mayors have run administrations rampant with corruption. We need to clean house before corruption is accepted as normal like Chicago.

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