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Local embrace of new IndyCar road race at IMS key to its success

September 27, 2013
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Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has to be hoping that locals are fans of IndyCar racing and not just the Indianapolis 500.
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Will new Ron Howard movie help or hurt IndyCar?

September 26, 2013
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While the movie titled Rush, which opens Friday, puts the spotlight on open-wheel racing, its focus is on Formula One, not IndyCar. And if it implies that F1 is superior to IndyCar, that could dent the U.S.-based series' image.
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Massive Bird statue to be unveiled at Fieldhouse before flying west

September 25, 2013
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A group of ambitious Indiana State students raised the money for a $150,000 statue of Larry Bird. ISU officials hope to use the 15-foot-plus statue's dedication ceremonies to raise money for a scholarship in Bird's name.
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Luck-led Colts could eclipse Manning-era TV ratings

September 23, 2013
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Television ratings for the first three games of this year's Colts season are considerably higher than they were a year ago. And with a bevy of prime-time games coming up, they could approach record levels.
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Richardson trade flat-out bargain for Colts

September 19, 2013
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But if this season goes south for Indianapolis, the bold move by Colts owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson to acquire the young running back could turn out to be fool's gold.
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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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