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Pacers have some explaining to do to their fans

July 17, 2014
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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.
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Two major factors drove Stephenson to Charlotte

July 16, 2014
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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?
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Fans will expect changes if Pacers flame out to Heat

May 28, 2014
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Many Pacers fans have become tired of the team's inconsistent play over the last half of this season. The team risks losing part of that fan base if it doesn't make some big changes this off-season.
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One way or another, Pacers fans want off roller coaster

May 6, 2014
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Game 2 of the Indiana Pacers-Washington Wizards second-round playoff series on Wednesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a lock to be a sellout. But some Pacers fans are tiring of the team's up-and-down performance.
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Pacers' Hibbert deserves standing ovation

May 2, 2014
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Despite having no points, two rebounds and four fouls in just more than 12 minutes, Pacers center Roy Hibbert's performance in Atlanta Thursday is deserving of fans' admiration. He did what so few stars before him have.
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Despite on-court collapse, Pacers TV ratings still soaring

April 30, 2014
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The two Pacers playoff games this year aired on Fox Sports Indiana were the second and fifth highest rated Pacers games ever televised on the cable network.
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Larry Bird more popular than any Pacers player

April 18, 2014
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It’s kind of amazing to consider that the most popular member of the Indiana Pacers doesn’t even don a uniform. And he hasn’t since 1992. Heck, he hasn’t even coached since 2000.
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Pacers set to score 28 sellouts; attendance up 15 percent

April 9, 2014
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With the regular season concluding, the Indiana Pacers have exceeded their own ticket sales expectations, drawing more fans to the fieldhouse in any one season since 2000-2001. The team has sold out more games this year than in the last three years combined.
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Pacers, Colts execs travel to Mexico to help jazz up water polo

February 26, 2014
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International water polo leaders are counting on two top executives from the Pacers and Colts to bring a new level of show-time entertainment to one of the Olympics' oldest sports.
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Pacers' hard-earned success requires continued vigilance

February 12, 2014
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The Pacers—and most especially the team’s young players—must remember the types of gains achieved by this team are hard earned and delicately maintained. Especially in a family oriented—some would say fickle—market like Indiana.
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Indy Eleven takes big gamble with stadium finance plan

January 27, 2014
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By asking for tax money to help finance an $87 million, 18,500-seat venue, soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir is gambling with one of his franchise's most valuable assets.
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Indy fans don't yet bleed for Colts' Luck, Pacers' George

December 19, 2013
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Neither Andrew Luck nor Paul George have yet earned the fan adoration of the star athletes they have supplanted on their respective rosters. It may take more than winning for the duo to rise to the level of Peyton Manning and Reggie Miller?
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Pacers owner says 'We have a lot of work to do'

November 27, 2013
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While Herb Simon is pleased with the team's hot start, he emphasized that more must be done to improve attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Cost of attending Pacers game rated as NBA’s best bargain—for now

November 20, 2013
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A California consumer research firm concluded this week that the cost of attending an Indiana Pacers game is is well below the NBA league average. But that same firm warned the price of admission is bound to spike soon.
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Pacers attendance is up, but should it be even higher?

November 14, 2013
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Eight games into the NBA season, and there’s a lot for the blue and gold to be happy about. Still, with the team undefeated, you have to wonder what else the team must do to fill Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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Pacers season opener scores monster TV rating

October 30, 2013
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Tuesday's home game against Orlando Magic delivered the team's highest rating on Fox Sports Indiana in eight years.
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Pacers' Paul George shows his generous side

October 30, 2013
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Pacers all-star Paul George can do more than score. He can distribute too. This week he bought all the tickets to Fresno State's home opener to distribute for free and gave a new car to an Indianapolis charity.
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Massive Bird statue to be unveiled at Fieldhouse before flying west

September 25, 2013
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A group of ambitious Indiana State students raised the money for a $150,000 statue of Larry Bird. ISU officials hope to use the 15-foot-plus statue's dedication ceremonies to raise money for a scholarship in Bird's name.
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Dramatic growth in male fans helps WNBA's Fever score profit for first time

July 30, 2013
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Fever sign major sponsorship deals as male fan base increases from 28 percent to 52 percent of team's audience. Franchise officials promise to be profitable this year and next.
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ESPN hires Mike Wells to help expand Colts coverage

July 26, 2013
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In an odd twist, the veteran NBA beat writer makes the leap to what radio and TV host Dan Patrick frequently calls the Mother Ship to write about a sport where he has little background.
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Former Star sports reporter denies he's headed to ESPN to cover Pacers

July 25, 2013
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The departure of former Indiana University beat writer Terry Hutchens earlier this month and Indiana Pacers beat writer Mike Wells last week comes on the heels of a major reorganization of the state’s largest daily newspaper’s sports department.
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Arrests bring Colts, NFL to edge of deep abyss

July 3, 2013
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At some point, NFL and Colts fans may wonder whom they’re cheering for. They may wonder whose poster their child has on the wall. And they may not like the answer staring back at them.
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Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
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The Star sports department is undergoing a major shakeup, including reassignments for some of the paper’s most tenured beat writers—covering the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IU and Butler.
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Is Victor Oladipo an NBA superstar or safety net?

June 25, 2013
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A polling of NBA general managers shows that IU product Victor Oladipo is their favorite player in this year's draft. But will that be enough to make him the overall No. 1 pick?
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Critical and potentially expensive off-season decisions loom for Pacers

June 4, 2013
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"I'm looking forward to seeing what this team looks like in three months,” Pacers forward David West told reporters following Monday night’s game-seven loss at Miami. So are myriad Pacers fans.
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  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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