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Indy should cheer for Jets and Bears, Badgers and Huskers

September 26, 2011
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Sports business experts estimate that if the two teams with the biggest, wealthiest and most rabid fan bases meet in the Super Bowl or Big Ten Championship, it could boost the economic impact by 30 percent.
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Danica Patrick bridge-burning tour continues

September 19, 2011
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In a matter of three days, the diva driver takes aim at Brazilian drivers, Japan's food supply and the IndyCar CEO's decision making. So who will she endear in NASCAR?
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IndyCar CEO, team owners not on same page

September 14, 2011
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Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske refuse to take part in IndyCar CEO's bold bid to bring the open-wheel series some much needed publicity. Randy Bernard's execution must be better in 2012.
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USA Football, Rawlings sign two-year deal

September 13, 2011
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St. Louis-based sporting goods manufacturer agrees to supply footballs and uniforms for youth football initiatives.
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NFL alums invite public to party at Hard Rock

September 12, 2011
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The local chapter of the NFL Alumni is building a reputation for becoming one of the league’s most active chapters for charity.
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Manning injury could sack Colts stores' sales

September 9, 2011
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Local company that manages Colts merchandise sales operations isn't sure what to expect, but is hopeful the sale of 2012 Super Bowl items will make up for any declines.
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Big Ten needs to change name, boycott Notre Dame

September 8, 2011
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In this era of change, it's time for the Big Ten to make radical changes or get left behind.
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Will the real JMV please stand up

September 7, 2011
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Local radio host breaks big news about one of the biggest stories so far in this young NFL season, and the national media members he beats don't even bother to call him by his correct name.
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Double dose of good news for Speedway, IndyCar Series

September 6, 2011
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MotoGP gives Speedway big endorsement despite racer complaints, while IndyCar avoids near disasters to score success in key East Coast market.
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Toyota finds big return in Indy's drag racing scene

September 2, 2011
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Japanese automaker would appear to be an odd entrant in an NHRA race. There's more to it than just trying to beat the Americans at their own game.
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Gonzalez shouldn't expect much sympathy from fans

August 31, 2011
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The NFL can be a cold, cruel world where players get fired for getting injured. So does that make player holdouts justifiable?
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Is asking Manning about fatherhood out of bounds?

August 29, 2011
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As intense as Peyton Manning’s desire for privacy is, the networks’ desire for ratings is even greater. Eventually someone like CBS' Sam Ryan will pop the question.         
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Irsay, Polian causing stir about Coach Caldwell's status

August 26, 2011
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Some Colts followers are starting to wonder if the team's owner and chief executive are undermining the coach's authority.
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Ding dong, Danica era is dead

August 25, 2011
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The sooner Dancia Patrick permanently leaves for NASCAR, the better for the IndyCar Series.
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Tourism front-liners tell real story on Super Bowl's impact

August 23, 2011
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Often scoffed at Super Bowl economic impact numbers are no exaggeration.
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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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San Diego mayor visits Indy to discuss NFL stadium deal

August 18, 2011
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Mayor Jerry Sanders likes Indianapolis' blue print of connecting Lucas Oil Stadium to the Indiana Convention Center. Others in San Diego dislike the idea of following Indianapolis' and Indiana's taxpayer-fueled stadium financing plan.
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Favre may be answer to question Colts don't want to ask

August 15, 2011
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If Peyton Manning isn't ready to start the regular season, Brett Favre would be a guy who could keep the team's Super Bowl hopes alive this year.
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IndyCar's new TV deal done with eye on global markets

August 11, 2011
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The IndyCar Series' new deal with ABC is worth more than the current deal, sources said. But ESPN's ability to grow the series overseas is just as important as the financial windfall. Still, the series' most hardcore fans are the least pleased by the deal.
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Brownsburg votes to annex Lucas Oil Raceway

August 8, 2011
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Brownsburg officials are promising to help with year-round marketing, security and traffic control during race events, and are considering extending Ronald Reagan Parkway to make access to the track easier. And sources say the IndyCar Series might be coming to the track.
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New CEO says local tourism leaders ignoring Speedway

August 4, 2011
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Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association CEO Leonard Hoops thinks it's high time local tourism leaders start thinking about using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prominently in marketing materials.
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NFL-Versus deal would be huge score for IndyCar

August 2, 2011
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The NFL is in talks with Versus to bring a package of early season Thursday night games to the cable station, possibly as early as 2012. That move would seriously legitimize Versus’ attempts to rival ESPN.
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Brickyard 400 attendance becoming major concern

August 1, 2011
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Future of Brickyard 400 is another weighty issue for Hulman & Co. board of directors to ponder.
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NBA players need reality check regarding overseas jobs

July 25, 2011
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NBA players like Pacers Danny Granger must be willing to endure grinding practices and accept low pay and sub-par accommodations if they want to work in Europe during the lockout.
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Manning's motives remain unclear

July 21, 2011
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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's audible during the late stages of collective bargaining with NFL owners is not met enthusiastically by fellow players.
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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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