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2012 looks like better year to host Super Bowl than 2011

July 19, 2011
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must be wondering about the wisdom of his move to push Indianapolis aside for the 2011 Super Bowl.
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IndyCar Series considering European swing

July 15, 2011
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IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard said an influx of sponsors with overseas interests could push the open-wheel circuit into Europe within five years.
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Horizon League inks five-year deal with IMG

July 13, 2011
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The Indianapolis-based conference that includes Butler University signs an exclusive sponsorship and multi media deal with a seven-figure value.
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Crown Royal may become Brickyard 400 title sponsor

July 12, 2011
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Deal with the whiskey maker could earn the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the richest title sponsorship payday in NASCAR.
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2012 Super Bowl merchandise on sale exclusively in Indy

July 7, 2011
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A wide range of Super Bowl items went on sale this month at Lucas Oil Stadium and the Colts Pro Shop in Circle Centre Mall. Indy gets a one month head start on retail sales.
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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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Workouts weaken NFL, NBA players' negotiating position

July 5, 2011
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Some NFL and NBA players' agents are now telling their clients to stay away from player-organized group workouts. Some think the workouts make players look too eager, even desperate, to settle the labor dispute.
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Two former Colts join staff of local tech start-up

June 30, 2011
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The Tyros LLC, which recently added a former Purdue star to its roster, hopes to make life of athletics directors, game officials and organizers easier with new software application.
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NASCAR, IndyCar travel different paths to going green

June 29, 2011
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NASCAR CEO Brian France tells American corn growers in Indianapolis on Tuesday, “We want you to know we are right in your corner.”
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IndyCar Series faces difficult scheduling decisions

June 27, 2011
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TV ratings remain a major concern for IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard. And he may have to dramatically change the schedule to get the numbers up.
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Pacers win, Butler duo falls short on NBA draft night

June 24, 2011
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The Indiana Pacers and Larry Bird made a big move to improve the team and win over fans. But do the Spurs know something Pacers executives don't?
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Bird's unpredictability likely to be on display during draft

June 23, 2011
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Larry Bird is either a mad scientist/genius or a lunatic when it comes to running a basketball team. For Larry Legend, there’s really no middle ground.
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Cheaney's hiring is significant sign for IU

June 21, 2011
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The hiring of former player Calbert Cheaney by Indiana University shows that relations are finally thawing between the school and Bob Knight or at least the backlash from Knight's firing is fading.
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Franchitti's rants good for IndyCar Series

June 20, 2011
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Scotsman's tongue lashing of popular Brazilian is first serious driver dust-up since Milka Duno confronted Danica Patrick.
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Tony George: 'I didn't start the split, I helped end it'

June 16, 2011
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Former boss of Speedway and IndyCar Series gives interesting insight into relationships with his family and successors in 80-plus-minute in-studio radio interview.
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Two sports media figures exiting Indy market

June 14, 2011
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One on-air TV sportscaster loses her job while another worker who helped build a sports radio station from behind the scenes is taking a new post in St. Louis.
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July 15 new do-or-die date for NFL labor talks

June 13, 2011
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NFL owners and players at not-so-secret meetings set July 15 as deadline to get a deal done that will end the labor lockout. If that date passes with no deal, big trouble looms.
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Does Carlisle's success haunt Pacers' Bird?

June 10, 2011
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If you’re an Indiana Pacers fan, it’s ironic and perhaps a little sad that while your team is looking for a coach, one of its former coaches is on the precipice of bringing Dallas its first NBA title.
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NBC's Olympic coup should boost Versus, IndyCar Series

June 8, 2011
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Many have argued that Versus' profile is too low to generate the mass of TV viewers the IndyCar Series needs to grow. The flow of Olympic events from NBC to Versus could help the fledgling cable channel blossom.
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Correction: Colts won't see Big Ten payday

June 7, 2011
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Colts pony up $400,000 as part of bid package to bring Big Ten Football Championship to Indy from 2012-15.
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IndyCar, Indy 500 still have a long way to go

June 1, 2011
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While the IndyCar Series and Indy 500 are out of neutral, they are not in high gear.
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IndyCar CEO sounds off about team owners, Hunter-Reay move

May 27, 2011
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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard says despite fans' desires, team owners must have their voices heard regarding the new car set-up to be rolled out in 2012.
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Kanaan, Carpenter pushing IndyCar retail sales to new high

May 24, 2011
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Two IndyCar Series drivers who had difficulty landing a full-time ride this year are among the top merchandise sellers this May.
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It's time for IndyCar to get over Danica-mania

May 23, 2011
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A.J. Foyt had it right. It's not the racers and owners that make Indianapolis. It's the other way around. Realizing that will help the event survive another 100 years.
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Are any Pacers or Colts worthy of being cast in bronze?

May 19, 2011
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Reggie Miller and Peyton Manning are likely candidates should local teams decide to follow lead of L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
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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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