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Pacers fans thump Knicks boosters in TV ratings

May 8, 2013
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Pacers postseason TV ratings are up across the board over last year. The draw of the Pacers-Knicks playoff series was strong enough Sunday to steer a strong NASCAR fan base away from the race over to NBA Playoffs.
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There's good reason for Pacers fans to love Knicks

May 6, 2013
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Every hero needs a villain. And the Knicks have always been the perfect villain to galvanize the Pacers' fan base. The big-city Knicks are the bad guys again this year at a crucial time for the Pacers in Indianapolis.
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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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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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