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Big Ten Network battle rages

March 7, 2008
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UPDATE (March 11): The Chicago Tribune and Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal are reporting today that officials for Comcast Cable and the Big Ten Network are closing in on an agreement to put the channel on an expanded basic tier. One...
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Champ Car files bankruptcy

March 6, 2008
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Champ Car Wednesday filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, igniting what could potentially be a bidding war for its assets. The Indy Racing League last month agreed to acquire certain assets of Champ Car, but the bankruptcy court could open things up....
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George pursuing F1 return for 2009

March 6, 2008
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Negotiations are heating up between Formula One and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials that could bring F1 racing back to Indianapolis in 2009. Speedway boss Tony George told an audience at yesterday’s IU Business...
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Robin Williams puts Roark in orbit

March 5, 2008
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Brownsburg-based Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles got a big marketing boost from a man from outer space--figuratively and literally. In its annual buyer’s guide published last month, VeloNews, one of the nation’s largest cycling...
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Indy trails in sponsor exposure race

March 4, 2008
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Recently released data shows NASCAR’s Daytona 500 is still miles ahead of the Indianapolis 500 in terms of value the race delivers to sponsors. But, with the unification of the Indy Racing League...
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New Orleans to bid for Super Bowl

March 3, 2008
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Competition to host the 2012 Super Bowl suddenly has become a lot tougher. Last week, officials for the city of New Orleans and New Orleans Saints said they are set to bid for the big game, thrusting the hurricane-battered city...
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Knight's ESPN deal draws reaction

February 29, 2008
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Not surprisingly, not everyone is thrilled with former Indiana University and Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight joining ESPN’s in-studio crew for its NCAA March Madness coverage. Knight’s move to the media...
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Will Ferrell gives bounce to ABA

February 29, 2008
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New Line Cinema today is releasing its latest feature film, giving a comedic glimpse of life in the American Basketball Association. Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, an ABA player-owner trying to break into...
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Pacers deal with more bad press

February 28, 2008
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A throng of media members besieged Indiana Pacers players and front office executives after the team's practice today at Conseco Fieldhouse, seeking comment about the latest off-court incident involving a Pacers player. This...
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In motorsports, does 1+1=3?

February 28, 2008
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Does Gov. Mitch Daniels’ anointing of auto racing industry veteran Rollie Helmling as the state’s motorsports development director--or the unification of the Indy Racing League and Champ Car--create more motorsports business opportunities here? While state officials say yes, others in...
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Move over Danica

February 27, 2008
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There could be as many as four women drivers in this year’s Indy Racing League season. Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher already have signed deals to race this year. Yesterday, Venezuelan Milka Duno...
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Lilly puts name on tennis title

February 26, 2008
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The local stop on the ATP Tour now will be known as The Indianapolis Tennis Championships Presented By Lilly. Eli Lilly-which will use the tournament to promote specific drugs such as Humalog...
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Tennis event gets title sponsor

February 26, 2008
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Despite rumors-and a report in this space yesterday-that WellPoint will be announced as a title sponsor of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships today, WellPoint and tournament officials say that’s not the case. Officials for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, formerly the RCA Championships,...
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NFL Combine, Ice smash records

February 25, 2008
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It was a big weekend in Indianapolis. A record 420 credentialed media poured into town to report on the NFL Scouting Combine at the RCA Dome, while a 2007-08 league-high 12,575 fans...
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IU donors could stage own boycott

February 22, 2008
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The situation at Indiana University is so bad, several former athletes and big-time donors are calling for Athletic Director Rick Greenspan’s termination. Some think financial support to the school will be hurt if the situation regarding the men’s basketball program...
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IU players threaten boycott

February 22, 2008
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CBS Sports this morning is reporting that Indiana University men’s basketball players are threatening to boycott the remainder of the season if coach Kelvin Sampson is forced out. Quoting unidentified sources, CBS Sports reported that players and IU Athletic Director...
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Colts change strategy with Clark

February 21, 2008
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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark is getting a raise. A big one. Two years ago, Clark was making $650,000. With the six-year contract Clark inked yesterday, he now figures to make $6 million plus per year. That doesn’t approach...
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At last, open-wheel unity!

February 20, 2008
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UPDATE (Feb. 22): Owners of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League completed an agreement in principle today that will unify the sport for 2008, said a statement released at 4:40 p.m. by the Indy Racing League. Several Champ Car...
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NFL Combine happy in Indy

February 20, 2008
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With all that’s happening on the local sports scene, it’s easy to forget about the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins today in the RCA Dome. The Combine, which was first held in Indianapolis in 1987, is an event that has...
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Danica look-alikes at LaGuardia

February 20, 2008
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AirTran Airways, a sponsor of Danica Patrick’s, recently announced that passengers at LaGuardia Airport in New York will have the privilege of their own personal pit crew to get through check-in fast, thanks to a hustling team of Danica Patrick...
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Open-wheel deal raises questions

February 19, 2008
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The Indy Racing League series will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce its unification with Champ Car, sources close to the series said. John Griffin, Indy Racing League vice president of public relations, said though the exact timing of...
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Irsay remains key to Super Bowl bid

February 19, 2008
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While Mayor Greg Ballard and his team plan to announce today their intent to bid for the 2012 Super Bowl, sources within the league said Indianapolis Colts’ owner Jim Irsay will be the determining factor. “They could be the Emerald City,...
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A positive spin for IRL defections?

February 18, 2008
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With its season opener six weeks away, the Indy Racing League is getting some preseason exposure from an unlikely source. During the run-up to NASCAR’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, the spotlight shined on two IRL alums vying for the...
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Does IU already have a short list?

February 15, 2008
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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced Feb. 15 that the university will launch an immediate investigation into new NCAA allegations against men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Athletics Director Rick Greenspan will oversee an assessment as to whether allegations of potentially “major”...
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Manning vs. Manning II

February 15, 2008
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Less than two weeks after Super Bowl XLII, N.Y. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is already picking up ground on older brother Peyton, Indianapolis Colts QB, at least in terms of jersey sales. Merchandise sales is a big revenue line for the...
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