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NBA owners must convince fans jersey ads not cash grab

February 7, 2013
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NBA owners like Pacers' Herb Simon must explain that fans are getting something out of the deal to bring jersey ads into the league. Otherwise, the reaction could give the league and its teams a black eye.
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Indians should holler loudest about ticket tax increase

January 29, 2013
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Is Indianapolis' minor league baseball team getting a raw deal from the city? A look at their lease deal compared to the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts might make you think so.
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Early home attendance troubling sign for Pacers

November 15, 2012
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With star forward Danny Granger injured and the Indianapolis Colts and IU men's basketball team gaining lots of attention from local sports fans and media, the Indiana Pacers may be in danger of losing some of the momentum they gained during last year's playoff run.
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Pacers snag highest TV ratings since 2007

November 8, 2012
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Still juiced from last season's playoff run, Pacers fans packed Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the team's home opener and are watching games on TV in bigger numbers than they have in years.
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Loss of Hibbert would be tough for Pacers fans to stomach

July 2, 2012
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Pacers' new basketball operations boss Donnie Walsh faces his first difficult decision concerning restricted free agent Roy Hibbert.
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Despite tepid fan response to draft, Pacers hope to sell 'team'

June 29, 2012
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Less than five minutes into his new job as Pacers basketball operations boss, Donnie Walsh was already trying to sell fans on paying to see five guys play as one. Next season we'll see if that sales pitch works in the star-driven NBA.
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Bird, Simon responses raise questions about Pacers ownership

June 28, 2012
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On Wednesday, Larry Bird told a group of reporters that he isn't interested in owning the Pacers. But team owner Herb Simon said he'd keep "an open mind" about the possibility.
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Is Bird's last act a betrayal of Herb Simon?

June 26, 2012
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If it's true that Larry Bird is leaving the Indiana Pacers, it's easier to figure out why he might be exiting than the way he's slamming the door on his bosses.
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ABC's Jeff Van Gundy gives MSA nod of appreciation

June 13, 2012
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Former New York Knicks coach tells national TV audience there were no louder NBA venues than the old Chicago Stadium and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
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Pacers reach critical time to showcase character

May 23, 2012
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It would be easy for the Indiana Pacers to seek revenge during Thursday's game for assaults leveled in this playoff series by the Miami Heat. But it's a crucial time to for the team to show this market how much class they have, whether in victory or defeat.
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Pacers becoming locals' dream, NBA's nightmare

May 17, 2012
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In terms of TV viewership and media coverage, there could be nothing worse for the NBA and its big-city sponsors than a Pacers-Spurs final. Naturally that makes Hoosiers smile all the more.
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NBA's Stern offers contradictory message on flopping, Pacers coach

May 14, 2012
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It seems odd that while NBA Commissioner David Stern said Sunday that flopping in the league is a problem, Pacers Coach Frank Vogel is writing a check to the NBA for essentially saying the same thing.
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Auction firm says Miller, Manning items could spike

April 23, 2012
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New York-based Clean Sweep Auctions says Peyton Manning's Broncos memorabilia will never touch the value of his Colts items. Value of Reggie Miller items likely to rise after Hall of Fame induction.
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Slap from national media could galvanize Pacers faithful

April 20, 2012
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Here in Indiana, it's us against them. Just like 1994. And Larry Bird kind of likes it that way. He's not alone.
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If Bird retires, is it Miller time?

April 9, 2012
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While some have argued that Reggie Miller doesn't have the resume to take over as Pacers' basketball operations boss, others think he would be the connection that draws fans back to the Fieldhouse in droves.
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Miller's Hall of Fame induction about more than 8.9 seconds

April 3, 2012
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Backing from the East Coast media is what put Reggie Miller into the Hall of Fame. But that's not why he deserves to be enshrined in Springfield.
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Are Indy's sports fans fickle, frugal or something else?

March 27, 2012
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Colts season ticket renewal rates are at a 10-year low. Pacers attendance is among the worst in the NBA. Is Indianapolis really the sports town it professes to be?
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IU hoops, Colts fight for spot as state's top sports brand

March 22, 2012
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The value of sports brands fluctuates as violently as stock prices during economic upheaval. In Indiana, the IU and Butler basketball brands have risen while the Colts' has taken a hit and the Pacers fight for their place in the sun.
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Pacers' two Georges launch fan zone, TV show

March 21, 2012
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Pacers' Paul George and George Hill have partnered with Gatorade to launch the G2 Zone inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The duo also will have a TV show on the team's web site.
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Roller derby bout crashes Bankers Life Fieldhouse

March 13, 2012
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With a growing following, locally based Naptown Roller Girls brings its rough and tumble sport out of the Fairgrounds to the center stage in downtown Indianapolis.
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Odd chapter of Conseco Fieldhouse coming to a close

December 20, 2011
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More than a year after changing its name from Conseco to CNO Financial, the Carmel-based company finally decides to make its naming-rights investment in Pacers' venue pay-off. The only question is, what took so long?
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Indiana poised to become a basketball state once again

December 16, 2011
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With the Pacers and IU re-emerging as contenders and the Colts floundering, Indiana sports fans are primed to re-embrace their Hoosier hysteria roots. But what happens when Peyton Manning returns or Andrew Luck is drafted is anybody's guess.
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NBA owners need right to put franchise tag on players

December 9, 2011
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If teams like the Indiana Pacers have no chance to hang on to star players, there will never be competitive balance in the NBA. And fans will tire of the current level of player-dictated nonsense in the league.
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How long can Pacers afford steep ticket discounts?

December 8, 2011
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The Indiana Pacers are offering tickets for their Dec. 26 home opener for less than it costs to get into a high school game.
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Michael Jordan could be key to making Pacers profitable

December 2, 2011
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The same man who kept the Reggie Miller-led Pacers from winning a title or two, is now the team's biggest ally in the battle of small versus large market NBA franchises.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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