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Fisher loses sponsor, fights on

May 7, 2008
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As of today, Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher has lost her primary sponsor for this year. But she vows to continue her qualifying efforts for this month’s Indianapolis 500. Klint Briney, Sarah Fisher...
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Tracy awaits Indy 500 ride

May 7, 2008
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One of the most well known drivers from the now defunct Champ Car open-wheel race series, Paul Tracy, is still without a ride for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Veteran race team operator Derrick Walker is trying...
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Athletes back presidential hopefuls

May 6, 2008
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Today’s Indiana primary elections, the first one in recent memory that has meant much to a presidential race, has brought together some strange bedfellows. While Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher spent yesterday campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton,...
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IU's White readies for NBA draft

May 5, 2008
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Indiana University senior D.J. White is flying to Phoenix today to start intense training with a personal trainer in preparation for the upcoming National Basketball Association draft. White already has several private workouts scheduled...
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Craze runs past Mini-Marathon

May 5, 2008
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The Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is over, but the running craze in central Indiana is clearly not. Organizers for the inaugural running of the Geist Half Marathon and 5K May 17 announced today the...
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Sampson gets job, IU loses players

May 2, 2008
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Former Indiana University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson today accepted a job offer to be an assistant under Scott Skiles with the Milwaukee Bucks, sources with knowledge of the deal said. Sampson only took the job after discussing a job offer...
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BTN, Comcast deal near

May 2, 2008
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Sources close to Comcast Cable and the Big Ten Network said an agreement to put the yearling network on Comcast’s expanded basic in 94 percent of Big Ten country is imminent. While both sides officially say there is nothing new...
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USATF speeds up CEO search

May 1, 2008
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Its athletes may be fast, but when it comes to finding and hiring a new CEO, Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field is anything but speedy. Maybe that’s because the organization has only had...
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Speedway offers combo event ticket

May 1, 2008
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Race fans can now buy one ticket to see the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP motorcycle race. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time is offering a general...
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IU nets $21 million from Adidas deal

April 30, 2008
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Indiana University today signed an eight-year deal with Adidas that will net the school’s athletic department $21 million in cash and products over the course of the agreement. Portland, Ore.-based Adidas will supply footwear...
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Polian looks for wrestlers, pitchers

April 30, 2008
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While a lot of National Football League presidents and general managers are looking closely at college prospects’ football pedigree, Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian takes his background check a step further. Sure, Polian wants to know...
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TV ratings up for Sunday's IRL race

April 29, 2008
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The good news for the Indy Racing League keeps rolling in. On the heels of a significant attendance increase at the April 27 race at Kansas Speedway over last year’s event, series officials are now reporting that television ratings also...
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Daylight-saving time a hit for Tribe

April 29, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians are just 321 fans short of drawing 7 million fans to Victory Field, which opened mid-summer 1996. The team plans to celebrate the milestone tonight when the Tribe plays the Columbus Clippers....
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Dome demolition details announced

April 28, 2008
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The signs of the 25-year-old RCA Dome are coming down next week. The building which helped lure the Indianapolis Colts here from Baltimore will follow.  The Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority this afternoon announced detailed plans for demolishing the RCA Dome...
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Herrod scores for Special Olympics

April 28, 2008
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Jeff Herrod said all it took was a head-first dive into freezing cold water to wake him up to the importance of the Special Olympics here in Indiana.  The Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker will host a silent auction...
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Stadium walkway attracts events

April 28, 2008
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Details of a crucial aspect of the Lucas Oil Stadium-Convention Center project could be revealed today as city and stadium construction officials meet to discuss the project. The construction timeline on the $10 million connector...
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Kansas IRL race near sellout

April 27, 2008
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The effect of Danica Patrick’s victory is being felt from Japan to Kansas. A measurable surge in ticket demand for today’s Indy Racing League’s race near Kansas City, Kansas pushed the event near its...
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Bucks set to hire Sampson?

April 25, 2008
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Scott Skiles is apparently a big fan of Indiana University’s former basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Sources close to both said Skiles, who has a house in Bloomington where Sampson used to work, is urging the...
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Star's Montieth 'hit dead end'

April 25, 2008
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Indianapolis Star sports reporter Mark Montieth has covered his last Indiana Pacers game for the paper he dreamed about working for since he was a young child. Effective at the end of today, Montieth,...
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Mayweather to green flag Indy 500

April 24, 2008
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC welterweight world champion, will drop the green flag on this year’s Indianapolis 500. Mayweather competed on ABC’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” last fall along with two-time Indianapolis...
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Character key for Colts draftees

April 24, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts are fine tuning their strategy for this year’s National Football League draft, which is held in New York April 26 and 27. While there is much speculation about which players the...
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MainGate signs deal with Rams

April 23, 2008
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Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. today announced it has signed an exclusive three-year deal to be the on-line merchandiser for the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed,...
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Marketers teach biz of school sports

April 23, 2008
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The looming property tax crisis has Indiana high schools fearful that athletic department budgets could be the focus of future fiscal cuts. Ray Compton, one central Indiana’s most successful—and unconventional—sports marketers has a plan...
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Crean touts new IU facilities

April 22, 2008
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New Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean is convinced athletic facility improvements under way on the Bloomington campus will help the Hoosiers return to dominance. Crean told a group of mayors from southern Indiana...
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Pathfinder banquet features Kellog

April 22, 2008
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Clark Kellogg will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2008 Pathfinder Awards Banquet June 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to individuals for their contributions and dedication...
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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