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Castroneves: A marketing liability?

April 15, 2009
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Entering the fourth day of deliberations in the tax evasion case of Indy Racing League driver Helio Castroneves, series officials now have to be seriously wondering what will become of the month of...
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CIB solution is simple, a bit scary

April 14, 2009
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It may seem absurd. No, scratch that, it does seem absurd. But there’s a simple solution to solve the Capital Improvement Board’s $47 million budget shortfall. Legalized sports gambling. That proposal won’t see the...
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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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Sarah Palin: A Colts fan?

April 10, 2009
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Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is apparently an Indianapolis Colts fan. At least it appears that way in the latest edition of Esquire magazine. In a story primarily about her husband,...
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Bird's wins, not pay stack up

April 9, 2009
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are two games away from equaling the 1985-86 Boston Celtics’ best-ever NBA home record. The Cavs are 38-1 playing on the banks of Lake Erie. They only have San Antonio...
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IRL TV ratings down, optimism up

April 8, 2009
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The Nielsen ratings for the first Indy Racing League race Sunday in St. Petersburg were down 60 percent from the same race a year ago. The 2009 St. Petersburg race was the season...
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Dakich: Coaching career not dead

April 8, 2009
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Basketball coach turned radio talk show host Dan Dakich isn’t sure about his future. While the former Indiana University and Bowling Green State University basketball coach said he’s focused 100 percent on hosting...
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Petty potentially powerful endorser

April 7, 2009
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Open-wheel racing has long been bigger with the wine-and-cheese crowd than with the blue-collar bunch that made NASCAR the biggest racing circuit in North America. That’s been OK for Formula One, with its...
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Kinder, gentler Danica?

April 6, 2009
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It was an odd site before the Indy Racing League race in St. Petersburg Sunday. There was Danica Patrick talking about her new approach to racing. She was telling Versus’ Jack Arute that...
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VS-IRL telecast gets solid marks

April 6, 2009
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While Indy Racing League officials are still awaiting the Nielsen ratings from the open-wheel series’ first race on cable station Versus, this much is clear: The coverage of yesterday’s race in St. Petersburg,...
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Senator hits nerve in CIB debate

April 3, 2009
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In the quintessential exchange at yesterday’s Senate committee hearing about a potential solution to the Capital Improvement Board’s revenue shortfall, Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, asked Indiana Pacers Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson about...
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IRL: Sweet home Alabama?

April 2, 2009
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While Indy Racing League teams and officials are heading to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the April 5 season opener, their mind may be wandering to not-so-far away Alabama. In March, IRL teams made their...
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Kenley set to drop CIB bombshell

April 1, 2009
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Sen. Luke Kenley will introduce his plan to solve the $37 million Capital Improvement Board revenue shortfall to area reporters today at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse. But mums the word. Reporters will...
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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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BSU coach scores hefty payday

March 30, 2009
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Ball State women’s basketball coach Kelly Packard, who today was named Maggie Dixon Div. I Rookie Coach of the Year, earned herself a nice payday this month. The first-year Cardinals coach earned a $10,000 bonus...
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IRL signs four new sponsors

March 30, 2009
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Down economy or not, the Indy Racing League sales staff is in overdrive. In the last week, IRL officials finalized four new sponsorship deals. First, IRL officials Thursday night (March 26) inked a deal with...
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Media icon departs Speedway

March 27, 2009
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Bill York, who has worked in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room since 1958, is no longer with the Brickyard. IMS spokesman Ron Green confirmed that York and the Speedway parted ways, but...
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Hoop dream: Big economic impact

March 26, 2009
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Today starts a big four-day weekend for Indianapolis. Given the sports-business strategy this city is built on and the soft economy, this weekend dotted with NCAA and high school state championship basketball events...
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Izod touts IRL promo amid worries

March 25, 2009
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New York-based Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. will roll out its new Izod/Indy race-inspired clothing collection in Macy’s stores nationwide in April. The launch will be accompanied by a national multi-million dollar advertising campaign as...
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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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Colts show interest in drafting QB

March 24, 2009
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If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Ball State’s Nate Davis might be asking that very question this week. His pro...
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NCAA tourney results kind to Indy

March 23, 2009
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One of the biggest winners in the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament: Downtown Indianapolis restaurants, hotels and other local businesses, not to mention those counting on event revenue to...
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Indy golf icon makes PGA Hall

March 16, 2009
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Former PGA of America Rules Committee Chairman, Don Essig III, is among the eight-member 2009 class of inductees in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Essig is the PGA Director of Golf at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis...
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Buckeye success scores for Indy

March 13, 2009
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Now that IU is out of the Big Ten basketball tournament, local organizers and tourism officials have to hope that Ohio State can make a run. A successful run by Purdue probably wouldn't hurt either, but history has shown that...
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Colts lose long-time executive

March 12, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts executive vice president Bob Terpening plans to retire June 1 after more than 30 years with the team. Terpening is one of the Colts longest-tenured staff members and someone who played a...
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