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Pacers pain not isolated incident

April 27, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers are far from the only National Basketball Association franchise hurting financially. And the pain isn’t just striking small market teams. While the first round of the playoffs rages on, several NBA...
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LOS may score World Cup windfall

April 24, 2009
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Indianapolis is in the running to host Word Cup soccer games in 2018 and 2022. It’s a long, long way from a done deal, but two things are certain. First, Indianapolis...
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Milka Duno back on track

April 24, 2009
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Dreyer  and  Reinbold Racing announced yesterday afternoon that Milka Duno will be returning to the team’s Indy Racing League effort for 2009. The Venezuelan driver will be competing in a limited schedule starting...
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Danica Patrick ready for take off

April 23, 2009
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick is ready for take off. Patrick will be unveiling her new Motorola sponsored Indy car at the Indianapolis International Airport May 1. The car will have a...
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ESPN puts local firm in spotlight

April 22, 2009
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I’m not sure what it has to do with sports, but ESPN columnist Rick Reilly delves into the business of a locally run Internet search engine in his most recent column. While the...
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MainGate roaring with Lions deal

April 22, 2009
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Locally based MainGate Inc. is getting a big boost from its new contract with the Detroit Lions. MainGate signed a 10-year deal in February to manage...
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IRL TV rating improved

April 21, 2009
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The Grand Prix at Long Beach last Sunday scored a .5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That’s the same rating the race earned last...
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Take from poor (relief), give to CIB

April 21, 2009
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That drip-drop sound you hear is not the rain outside. It’s coming from the irony dripping off the most recent Capital Improvement Board bailout proposal. A bi-partisan group of Marion County lawmakers is suggesting...
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IRL revs crowd at Long Beach

April 21, 2009
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By all accounts the Grand Prix of Long Beach was a success for the Indy Racing League. The IRL, which signed a five-year deal to take over the former CART event following last...
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Former Colt releases debut album

April 20, 2009
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Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht is releasing his self-titled debut album tomorrow on Stylos Records, distributed by World Entertainment. Utecht, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was part of the Colts’...
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Castroneves racing Sunday

April 17, 2009
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Helio Castroneves will be on the track this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. Penske officials had a contingency plan in place to put him on the track—even as far back as two weeks...
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NFL schedule not kind to Lucas Oil

April 17, 2009
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At first glance the Indianapolis Colts schedule looks pretty good for all concerned. Forrest Lucas, founder of the oil company that put its name on the Colts one-year-old stadium, called the team’s 2009...
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Oval Vodka joins Indy Light Series

April 16, 2009
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Officials for Oval Vodka, producer and importer of the new super-premium vodka from Austria, announced today that they will be participating in the Indy Light Series with Alliance Motorsports, in a one-year sponsorship...
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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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