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Despite Peyton's return, Colts ticket value still lags

July 17, 2013
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Peyton Manning's return is pushing the value of tickets for the Broncos-at-Colts game to twice as high as any other home game. Despite that boost, the Colts are still in the NFL's bottom half in terms of ticket demand on the secondary market.
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Indy Indians chasing bigger crowds, more money

July 15, 2013
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The Indianapolis Indians are red hot again this year. Not only is the team leading its division with a 61-38 record, but it is also chasing a fifth straight year with an attendance gain and profits that could eclipse $1.6 million.
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It's time for IU's excuse-making to stop

July 11, 2013
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Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has pulled the Hoosiers back from the brink faster than anyone thought he would or could. But now that he has, he and his staff can't answer questions about every stumble by pointing to ghosts of IU's past.
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New Speedway president asked to 'save our track'

July 10, 2013
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After Doug Boles was promoted to Indianapolis Motor Speedway president on Tuesday, one race fan pleaded with him to "save our track!" Does the Speedway really need saving? Some say the situation is that bad or worse.
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Stevens will need 'hide of a rhino' to survive NBA

July 8, 2013
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Brad Stevens could create the next NBA dynasty in Boston. If he doesn't, he'll likely rue the day he left Butler.
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Arrests bring Colts, NFL to edge of deep abyss

July 3, 2013
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At some point, NFL and Colts fans may wonder whom they’re cheering for. They may wonder whose poster their child has on the wall. And they may not like the answer staring back at them.
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IU's Crean praised, criticized following NBA draft

July 1, 2013
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Having two players selected in the top four of last week's NBA draft will only bolster IU Coach Tom Crean's recruiting efforts. But some IU alums are asking how a team with two such players got knocked out of the Sweet Sixteen.
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Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
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The Star sports department is undergoing a major shakeup, including reassignments for some of the paper’s most tenured beat writers—covering the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IU and Butler.
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Ex-Colt Saturday hires Knight's agent to go after TV gig

June 27, 2013
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Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he's turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.
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Colts entering 'new frontier' with locker room video cameras

June 26, 2013
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NFL executives are telling teams to tape pregame, halftime and postgame locker room activity and make content available to fans. The mandate could lead to a tug-of-war between coaches and team business brass.
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Is Victor Oladipo an NBA superstar or safety net?

June 25, 2013
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A polling of NBA general managers shows that IU product Victor Oladipo is their favorite player in this year's draft. But will that be enough to make him the overall No. 1 pick?
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Colts partner with Rock n Roll Marathon promoter to host race

June 20, 2013
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Indy-area runners will have a chance to run through the tunnel and onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the first Colts Back to Football Run on Aug. 24. The five-kilometer race will end at the 50-yard line.
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IndyCar trailing far behind NASCAR, F1 in social media outreach

June 19, 2013
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IndyCar’s Twitter and Facebook fan following is another set of numbers Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles must boost to assure the series’ survival.
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Glass has IU standing among college sports Goliaths

June 12, 2013
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If college sports truly is the marketing tool, the so-called front porch to the larger university that sports marketers say it is, Indiana University has quite an opportunity within its grasp. Not to mention some serious scholarship cash.
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NASCAR boldly predicting better racing, more passing at Brickyard 400

June 5, 2013
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NASCAR leaders are meeting with Indy media this week to trumpet the new "racey" Gen-6 car and the end of the processional parade at the Brickyard 400. Message to fans: Expect faster cars and more passing.
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Critical and potentially expensive off-season decisions loom for Pacers

June 4, 2013
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"I'm looking forward to seeing what this team looks like in three months,” Pacers forward David West told reporters following Monday night’s game-seven loss at Miami. So are myriad Pacers fans.
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Indy 500 drivers' failure to mention sponsors inexcusable

May 30, 2013
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During his post-race interview, Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan mentioned his dad, son, Alex Zanardi, and a woman who returned a good-luck medal he gave her nine years ago. All very nice, but those aren’t the people who pay the bills.
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Wilkerson wants 1976 IU team remembered for more than winning games

May 29, 2013
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The death of his brother and a message from God inspired former IU basketball star Bobby Wilkerson to start a venture commemorating the last undefeated men's NCAA Division I basketball team.
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Miles headed for crash with penny-pinching IndyCar team owners?

May 24, 2013
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Mark Miles is talking this week about significant changes and speed records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's the same talk that was coming from Randy Bernard one year ago. Then Bernard was fired.
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IU, Purdue sign strange chicken sponsorship deals

May 23, 2013
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IU and Purdue sports fans next season will get bombarded with marketing messages from Zaxby’s. The deal is a bit odd given there are no Zaxby's anywhere near West Lafayette, Bloomington or Indianapolis.
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Speedway sells $3 million in new Indy 500 sponsorships

May 22, 2013
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By creating new sponsorship categories and filling vacated ones, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has brought on 23 new sponsors this month. Teams, too, are bringing on new corporate partners.
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Home playoff games could help Pacers turn a profit

May 15, 2013
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As the Indiana Pacers draw within one win of their first Eastern Conference final since 2004, the team also draws closer to profitability. So far, the Pacers have hosted five home playoff games. That equates to a significant revenue bump over a non-playoff team.

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Pacers fans thump Knicks boosters in TV ratings

May 8, 2013
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Pacers postseason TV ratings are up across the board over last year. The draw of the Pacers-Knicks playoff series was strong enough Sunday to steer a strong NASCAR fan base away from the race over to NBA Playoffs.
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There's good reason for Pacers fans to love Knicks

May 6, 2013
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Every hero needs a villain. And the Knicks have always been the perfect villain to galvanize the Pacers' fan base. The big-city Knicks are the bad guys again this year at a crucial time for the Pacers in Indianapolis.
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Sports broadcast veteran takes helm at 1070 The Fan

May 3, 2013
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Greg Rakestraw beat out numerous outsiders for his new job. Now there won't be anything that goes over the air at Emmis-owned WFNI-AM 1070 he won't be involved in, said company executives.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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