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Indians could be headed for all-time attendance record

March 26, 2014
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With the Indianapolis Indians' season and group ticket sales up significantly this year over last, the AAA farm club's 15-year-old attendance record could be within reach. So what's the Tribe's secret to success?
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Captain Morgan abandons ship, but Indians still making sponsorship gains

March 12, 2014
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The maker of the popular spiced rum has decided to end its three-year sponsorship of an open air restaurant and bar in left field of Victory Field. Team officials are talking to several potential replacements.
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No city subsidy needed for Indians' profitability

December 4, 2013
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Despite an ever-changing sports landscape, the Indianapolis Indians have been in the black every single year dating back to 1975. This year, the Tribe saw near record attendance and scored another seven-figure profit.
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Indians' financial outlook sky high as attendance soars

October 2, 2013
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The Indianapolis Indians finished their 2013 season with the highest overall regular-season attendance of all 176 Minor League Baseball teams. Profit this year could be double what it was just a few years ago.
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Indy Indians chasing bigger crowds, more money

July 15, 2013
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The Indianapolis Indians are red hot again this year. Not only is the team leading its division with a 61-38 record, but it is also chasing a fifth straight year with an attendance gain and profits that could eclipse $1.6 million.
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Indians' Schumacher, former IU football coach join elite group

April 11, 2013
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Indians Chairman Max Schumacher is the first baseball representative and Bill Mallory becomes the second IU football coach to win the Thomas A. Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is headlining the ceremony.
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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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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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Indians continue to defy odds, draw bigger crowds

August 22, 2011
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Even as economy falters, the city's AAA minor league baseball team continues to be a major draw on the west edge of downtown.
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Indians, Pacers, IMS celebrating, while Lucas Oil Raceway takes hit

July 6, 2011
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While Pacers, Indians and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are celebrating, Lucas Oil Raceway is facing a big financial hit with loss of NASCAR Nationwide race.
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Indians' all-star sales staff makes million-dollar gain

April 7, 2011
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During the worst economic swoon the nation has seen in a generation, the Indianapolis Indians have doubled its sponsorhsip revenue.
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Sanders, Ugoh deals prove Polian's fallibility

September 14, 2010
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Much rides on Bob Sanders' recovery, as Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian's record as one of the NFL's top executives has taken two big hits.
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Indians, Pacers and Colts attendance is only part of story

July 29, 2010
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There's a debate over which one of the city's professional sports teams delivers more bang for the buck in terms of economic impact.
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Is new Westfield pro baseball team taking aim at Indians?

June 23, 2010
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Principals of a proposed independent minor league baseball team think the club could draw fans from several counties and the new ballpark could become a destination.
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Indians sales staff faced down big-time pressure

March 4, 2010
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With 75 percent of its sponsorship deals expiring at the end of last season, there were lots of reasons for the Indianapolis Indians to panic. Instead, the team invested big bucks in Victory Field and had faith its sales staff would come through in the clutch.

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Indians pack Victory Field with $1 concession special

February 22, 2010
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Indianapolis Indians turn traditionally slow night into big money-maker by cutting profit margin at concession stand.
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Whiskey is flowing at baseball winter meetings

December 10, 2009
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There's more than free shots of whiskey at the annual winter baseball meetings held this week at the Indiana Convention Center. There's a song and dance man wearing nerd glasses and another who does amazing things with a saw and sander.
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Indians hoping for attendance rush

July 31, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians are simultaneously ahead and behind last year’s attendance pace. Yes, it’s odd, but true, explained Indians Chairman Max Schumacher. Here’s how it breaks down. After 47 home openings this year, the...
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Tribe hitting high attendance mark

July 2, 2009
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Unless you already have a ticket to see this Saturday's Indianapolis Indians game, you won't be able to see the Tribe's annual fireworks show unless you're watching from outside of Victory Field. The Indians...
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City whiffs at College World Series

June 15, 2009
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Reading the news that TD Ameritrade recently signed a naming rights deal for Omaha’s new baseball park, made me wonder if Indianapolis didn’t miss a golden opportunity with the College World Series. That...
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Indians stay hot in down economy

May 4, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians continue to score sponsorship deals during a down economy. Late last week, the Indians signed a deal with Arby’s and WJJK-FM 104.5 to present 2-for-1 Tuesdays, a special discount-ticket promotion...
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Tribe stockholders shut out Biglari

April 13, 2009
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This past week I reported on Steak n Shake’s troubles with their advertising agency. That’s not the restaurant chain’s only concern. The company’s chairman, Sardar Biglari, isn’t so talkative these days....
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Indians balk at Louisville promo

March 31, 2009
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Update: The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau apparently isn't giving up yet on marketing to Indianapolis residents. This afternoon, LCVB said they still plan to bring their motor coach to Indianapolis on April 14 to try to lure locals to the...
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Fans get say on Victory Field design

March 25, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians are rolling out a new online poll that allows fans to choose what mowing pattern will appear on the Victory Field playing field for the Tribe’s April 9 season opener...
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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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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