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Notre Dame boosting college football ticket market, IU dragging it down

July 30, 2014
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When it comes to getting into college football games, not many places are more expensive than Notre Dame. IU meanwhile depresses ticket prices on the secondary market more than any school in the Big Ten except one.
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LeBron's latest decision sends Indy plant into action

July 28, 2014
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An Instagram message from LeBron James Sunday afternoon set off a torrent of activity at Adidas’ printing plant on Indianapolis' east side, the likes of which hadn't been seen in five years.
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IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go

July 25, 2014
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Sunday's second race in Toronto was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBC Sports Network in nearly three years.
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Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat

July 23, 2014
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are not holding out much hope the NASCAR Sprint Cup race they host will ever return to its glory days when it drew more than 250,000 fans annually.
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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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IndyCar team selling off assets at auction

July 10, 2014
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Panther Racing, once one of the best little teams in the IndyCar Series, is now being sold off in pieces. A number of high-profile items are expected to draw a crowd.
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Local sports magazine in financial peril

July 9, 2014
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VYPE High School Sports Magazine is facing fourth down. But the owners of the seven-year-old publication are considering all options to keep it alive.
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Volleyball event's projected impact raises questions

July 2, 2014
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When Visit Indy announced this week that Indianapolis had landed the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships and that it would carry a $59 million economic impact, a few eyebrows were raised.
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Clock ticking on Natatorium repair plan as Olympic trials loom

July 2, 2014
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In November, Mayor Greg Ballard hoped to have City-County Council approval in January on a financing plan to help fix the IUPUI Natatorium. Now some councilors wonder if the mayor is changing directions on the issue.
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Indians won't consider name change; attendance soars

June 25, 2014
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With a shot at record attendance and increased profit this year, the Indianapolis Indians have no intention of changing a thing despite the brouhaha over teams with Native American names and logos.
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NASCAR cuts staff as Brickyard 400 nears

June 24, 2014
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New chief operating officer spins stock car series 180 degrees. NASCAR, one of the few sports entities to add employees during the recession, is now paring down.
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WNDE yanks sports show during morning drive time

June 18, 2014
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WNDE-AM 1260 on Monday yanked Fox Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North in favor of a general interest show, but station officials said they remain committed to sports-talk during other times.
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Pacers get unexpected marketing bounce from bikeshare program

June 13, 2014
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The Indiana Pacers are the first team in the NBA to be involved in a bike-sharing program. Given the positive press the team is getting from it, the Pacers may not be the last.
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Indiana golf courses seeing revenue increases

June 10, 2014
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While golf-related revenue for courses nationwide was down 2 percent in April compared to the same period a year ago, Indiana courses were up almost 8 percent. And that's not the end of the good news.
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Thinly traded Indians stock delisted by NASDAQ

June 4, 2014
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The Indianapolis Indians were recently delisted from the NASDAQ Pink Sheets, but team officials say it should have little to no impact on the AAA baseball team or its business operations.
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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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Indy 500 TV ratings tick up, but Miles still has miles to go

May 27, 2014
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The TV ratings for the 2014 Indy 500 may be a small validation for some of the changes made at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. But there's still lots more improvement needed.
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NFL must reward Indy if it wants city in future Super Bowl hunts

May 21, 2014
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Did NFL officials and team owners use Indianapolis merely to push the stakes for the 2018 Super Bowl higher for the other bidders? If they did, that trick won't work again.
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NFL owners seating chart offers few friendly faces for Colts

May 20, 2014
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NFL owners always sit in the same place at every meeting. And they often sit by friends and allies. But the Colts aren't seeing as many allies as usual, as neighbors Minnesota and New Orleans also vie for the 2018 Super Bowl.
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NFL owners meetings resemble school cafeteria scrum

May 18, 2014
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While the NFL owners meetings are all about big-boy business, the seating arrangement is decided by a tradition more akin to one you'd find in a junior high cafeteria.
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Indy's Super Bowl bid posse ready to roll out secret speaker

May 15, 2014
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The bidding for the Super Bowl has become so hyper competitive, cities have become super secretive about their bids. Indianapolis officials on Monday are promising to unveil one of their secret weapons in the city's bid to win the 2018 game.
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Verizon brings Super Bowl-tested system to IMS

May 14, 2014
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As part of a 13-month long project, Verizon Wireless installed more than 200 antennas to improve cell phone service at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the system went live May 10, the big test will be May 25.
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Grand Prix of Indianapolis wins local TV ratings race, less impressive nationally

May 12, 2014
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The TV viewership for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis was more than five times higher in central Indiana than it is in any other market nationally.
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IMS officials expect Grand Prix attendance to top projections

May 8, 2014
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With good weather on Saturday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials think they could easily top 40,000 in attendance for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
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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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