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Luck good bet as corporate pitchman, but no sure thing

September 18, 2013
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Only 36 percent of American consumers know who Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is. That pales in comparison to the 83 percent that know Peyton Manning.
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Soaring Colts, NFL merchandise sales boost local firm's profits

September 16, 2013
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Merchandise sales for NFL teams represented by Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. are up 27 percent over the same period a year ago. A line of goods commemorating Peyton Manning's return to Indy could push sales higher.
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Indy market near top of NFL in TV ratings

September 12, 2013
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The Colts home opener this year scored a television rating more than 20 percent higher than last year's opener. Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward’s synopsis of the game’s ratings in Indianapolis: “Pretty strong football town!”
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Colts, NFL season ticket holders offered added perks

September 11, 2013
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NFL season ticket holders to be offered free Red Zone feeds on their cell phones, exclusive downloads for the Madden football video game and more. NFL executives are promising new perks will be offered each season.
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Jackson, Rice tackling one of area's toughest golf courses

September 9, 2013
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Bo Jackson and Jerry Rice will tee it up alongside Finish Line CEO Glenn Lyon on Tuesday at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel at a golf outing to raise funds for youth sports initiatives.
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New boss ready to overhaul month of May in Indy

September 3, 2013
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Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is showing the guts it takes to move the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a positive direction. And he's not afraid to part with sacred tradition to do it.
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Indy needs bigger pile of corporate cash to win 2018 Super Bowl

August 30, 2013
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Indianapolis Super Bowl Bid Committee officials said Friday they’ll need to raise $5 million more in advance corporate and private donations for the 2018 game than they did for the 2012 Super Bowl.
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IndyCar ponders overseas expansion to counter troubles at home

August 28, 2013
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IndyCar Series officials are talking about launching a winter mini-series as early as 2015, while one of the sport's most popular drivers is having trouble finding a ride for the 2014 regular season.
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IU rolling out capital campaign to improve Assembly Hall

August 27, 2013
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Indiana University Athletic Director Fred Glass said Monday that he wouldn't replace Assembly Hall if he could do it "for free." IU officials plan to launch a capital campaign later this year to improve the 42-year-old venue.
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Toyota takes over Southwest's spot at Lucas Oil Stadium

August 21, 2013
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Expanded sponsorship deal with Japanese auto maker should score Colts at least $5 million over the next five years, sports marketers said.
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Colts' Luck to do more than merely pitch Klipsch products

August 19, 2013
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Andrew Luck plans to help Indianapolis-based audio company design new products bearing his name. The second-year NFL quarterback also says this isn't his last sponsorship deal to be announced this year.
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Star-studded sports car race could kick off month of May at Indy

August 14, 2013
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are interested in an endurance sports car race to kick off the run up to the Indy 500 the way the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off festivities leading up to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race.
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Irsay drives home points with Twitter rant

August 13, 2013
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Colts owner Jim Irsay had two messages for the team's fans following Sunday's loss to Buffalo. And he let them be heard loud and clear through his unusually strong preseason rant.
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Indy's new pro soccer team hits ticket sales milestone

August 12, 2013
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Indy Eleven, the city’s new professional soccer franchise, has been on a season ticket sales tear since the International Champions Cup game was announced—and that sales push continues. Team officials now shooting for new goal by Nov. 11.
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Colts taking shot at home attendance records

August 7, 2013
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Tickets for the Denver, Miami and Seattle games at Lucas Oil Stadium have the highest demand for the upcoming season. Colts officials are erecting 3,000 folding chairs to meet rising ticket demand.
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Tony Stewart risking his business enterprise with reckless decisions

August 6, 2013
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It’s time Tony Stewart gets a reality check. And it’s probably time for one of his business associates or friends to give it to him.
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Angie's List back on track with IndyCar Series deal

August 5, 2013
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If Angie's List decides to make its involvement with the IndyCar Series a major part of its marketing campaign, it could be a big coup for the series and the team the company partners with. Angie's List pours tens of millions of dollars into marketing annually.
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40,000 plus fans, global media throng to attend soccer game at Lucas Oil Stadium

July 31, 2013
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Thousands of attendees at Thursday's event will come from outside the area and the game is broadcast in 150 countries, giving Indianapolis nationwide and global exposure.
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Local TV blackout key to Brickyard 400 survival

July 31, 2013
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While only 75,000 people attended Sunday's Brickyard 400, more than 230,000 central Indiana residents watched the race live on television. Speedway officials must induce those TV-watching fans to buy tickets and fill the stands.
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Dramatic growth in male fans helps WNBA's Fever score profit for first time

July 30, 2013
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Fever sign major sponsorship deals as male fan base increases from 28 percent to 52 percent of team's audience. Franchise officials promise to be profitable this year and next.
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ESPN hires Mike Wells to help expand Colts coverage

July 26, 2013
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In an odd twist, the veteran NBA beat writer makes the leap to what radio and TV host Dan Patrick frequently calls the Mother Ship to write about a sport where he has little background.
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Former Star sports reporter denies he's headed to ESPN to cover Pacers

July 25, 2013
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The departure of former Indiana University beat writer Terry Hutchens earlier this month and Indiana Pacers beat writer Mike Wells last week comes on the heels of a major reorganization of the state’s largest daily newspaper’s sports department.
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IndyCar leaders feeling vindicated by NASCAR's new TV deal

July 24, 2013
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There is speculation that the new NBC-NASCAR deal could wreak havoc on the IndyCar Series schedule, but IndyCar officials weren’t letting that dampen their spirits Tuesday.
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Do Pocono ratings show IndyCar needs more oval races?

July 22, 2013
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Old-school open-wheel fans are crowing that the ratings of IndyCar's Pocono race mean the series needs more ovals. On some levels, their argument makes a lot of sense. But does that mean changes are coming?
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Ex-Star reporter gains notice as cycling expert

July 18, 2013
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In the two years since publishing his book, “The Belgian Hammer,” Ball State graduate Daniel Lee has become something of a minor celebrity in U.S. and European cycling circles.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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