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Brand, Manning have influence

October 8, 2008
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Mirror mirror on the wall … who’s the most influential of them all? Business Week attempts to answer that question in this week’s issue with an in-depth look at the 100 most influential people...
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USATF putting customers first

August 29, 2008
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The USA Track & Field headquarters in downtown Indianapolis is taking a cue from Wendy’s restaurants. They’re staying open late. USATF’s new CEO Doug Logan said this is the first step in creating a...
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Fever pumps up attendance

August 28, 2008
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The Indiana Fever re-start their season tonight with the hope of cranking up the team’s attendance even more than it has already elevated this year. Through 13 homes games, the local WNBA team has...
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NBC wins, Oprah seeks Olympians

August 25, 2008
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This year’s Summer Olympics turned out to be a winner for NBC. Through Saturday night, NBC was averaging a 16.2 rating—meaning about 27.7 million viewers tuned in for its prime time coverage. Nationally, 28 percent of households on average tuned...
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Will JMV drive over to The Fan?

August 19, 2008
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A couple things became clear from reader feedback I’ve been getting about a story I wrote regarding dueling sports/talk radio stations for this week’s print edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal. First, fans of WNDE-AM 1260 are much more...
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Local firm boosts USA Gymnastics

August 15, 2008
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Local marketing firm Three-Sixty Group created an unprecedented ad campaign for USA Gymnastics, aimed at capitalizing on this month’s Olympics. The campaign debuts today with an eight-page insert in USA Today. USA Gymnastics...
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Olympics scoring record viewership

August 11, 2008
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The medallists aren’t the only ones smiling at the Beijing Olympics. Officials for NBC are absolutely giddy. After two nights of coverage, NBC is averaging a 16.2 rating and 30 percent U.S. audience...
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Tour victory rolls out of Speedway

July 31, 2008
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Carlos Sastre’s Tour de France victory was cemented in Paris July 27, but the wheels that carried him to victory were made in Speedway. While Zipp Speed Weaponry has been providing high-end bicycle wheels...
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Horizon League hunts sponsors

June 4, 2008
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The Horizon League and Nelligan Sports Marketing Inc. announced that they have agreed to a long-term extension to their partnership agreement that continues the New Jersey-based company’s exclusive rights to manage the Horizon League’s corporate sponsorship and marketing rights. “We are...
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Big Ten shoots for corporate deals

May 29, 2008
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The Big Ten Conference recently hired Dallas-based Learfield Sports to bring in more revenue from sponsorships, hospitality and other corporate initiatives. Big Ten and Learfield Sports officials announced they have signed a pact where Learfield will develop an exclusive corporate partner...
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Roller Girls seek perfect attendance

May 14, 2008
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The Naptown Roller Girls expect their fourth straight sell-out May 17 in the 4,000-seat Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairground. That will make four for four in sell-outs this year,...
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Athletes back presidential hopefuls

May 6, 2008
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Today’s Indiana primary elections, the first one in recent memory that has meant much to a presidential race, has brought together some strange bedfellows. While Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher spent yesterday campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton,...
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Craze runs past Mini-Marathon

May 5, 2008
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The Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is over, but the running craze in central Indiana is clearly not. Organizers for the inaugural running of the Geist Half Marathon and 5K May 17 announced today the...
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USATF speeds up CEO search

May 1, 2008
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Its athletes may be fast, but when it comes to finding and hiring a new CEO, Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field is anything but speedy. Maybe that’s because the organization has only had...
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MainGate signs deal with Rams

April 23, 2008
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Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. today announced it has signed an exclusive three-year deal to be the on-line merchandiser for the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed,...
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Pathfinder banquet features Kellog

April 22, 2008
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Clark Kellogg will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2008 Pathfinder Awards Banquet June 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to individuals for their contributions and dedication...
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Oden makes move for spotlight

April 11, 2008
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As a senior at Lawrence North High School, Greg Oden was the most televised high school player since LeBron James. And he hoped to be a small screen star after he became a...
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NCAA tickets trading like stocks

April 4, 2008
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Day traders have infiltrated the sports ticket market. Interest in Yoonew.com, an electronic ticket exchange where fans can trade sports tickets like stocks, is growing in popularity nationwide. The site gets a significant...
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Roller Girls gain cult following

March 24, 2008
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The Naptown Roller Girls are proving so popular, the locally-based team is looking for a bigger venue. In only its second season playing at the State Fairgrounds’ Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion, the team’s...
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Youth basketball = big business

March 20, 2008
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It seems there are many people and businesses these days fighting to get a piece of youth basketball. Talks between the NCAA and NBA started heating up last month about forming a coalition to launch co-branded youth basketball leagues and...
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Let the Madness begin

March 19, 2008
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The Madness this March is going to be a little crazier than usual. Due to advances in high-speed wireless technology, more people than ever will spend time at work paying attention to the...
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Robin Williams puts Roark in orbit

March 5, 2008
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Brownsburg-based Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles got a big marketing boost from a man from outer space--figuratively and literally. In its annual buyer’s guide published last month, VeloNews, one of the nation’s largest cycling...
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Will Ferrell gives bounce to ABA

February 29, 2008
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New Line Cinema today is releasing its latest feature film, giving a comedic glimpse of life in the American Basketball Association. Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, an ABA player-owner trying to break into...
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Burton's prime time smack down

February 14, 2008
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Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., was front and center yesterday at the hearings on steroids in baseball. Burton appeared to side with pitcher Roger Clemens, while repeatedly attacking Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee. McNamee has said he injected Clemens on numerous occasions...
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Game on

January 28, 2008
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Anyone in sports can appreciate the excitement of opening day. At IBJ, we’ve spent weeks planning a sports business blog, and we’re excited to announce that today is our opening day. The Score will be a place for sports business fans...
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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