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Super Bowl guru now looking to score Olympic gold for Indy

January 9, 2013
The Indiana Sports Corp. is making a bold bid to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials inside the cavernous Lucas Oil Stadium. And that's just the beginning of the ambitious plans the organization's new CEO is drawing up.

Ample reasons for Arians to stay with Colts

January 7, 2013
The Colts' offensive coordinator might realize the opportunities for him in Indianapolis outweigh anything he'll find anywhere else.

Local sports radio market adds third player

January 3, 2013
On Jan. 2, WXNT-AM 1430 changed its format from news-talk to 24-hour sports, going head-to-head with WFNI-AM 1070 and WNDE-AM 1260. The last time this market had three sports-talk radio stations, one didn't survive.

Deal with flip-flopping Firestone big gamble for Miles

January 2, 2013
Only time will tell if the fast-tracked Firestone deal will lead to long-term harmony and growth for the IndyCar Series or a rough ride for Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and his new regime.

McAfee, not Luck, is Colts' biggest Pro Bowl snub

December 27, 2012
Despite being one of the NFL's best tackling kickers or punters, Colts' Pat McAfee is passed over for the Pro Bowl yet again.

Circumstances thrust Pagano into spotlight; his vision keeps him there

December 26, 2012
Upon learning he had a life-threatening illness, Colts Coach Chuck Pagano and his doctor chose a path of transparency too often eschewed in the world of professional sports. And the community has come to love him for it.

Winning season gives Colts reason to cheer and fear

December 19, 2012
Colts fans earlier this year were ready for mutiny if Jim Irsay's gamble to cut Peyton Manning and turn to Andrew Luck didn't work. Now all is well in the horseshoe kingdom. Still, you have to wonder if this teams' fickle fan base doesn't set it up for a future fiscal fall.

Conference merry-go-round poses problems for Butler

December 14, 2012
News media is getting ahead of itself in reporting Butler's imminent departure from the Atlantic 10 conference. But the Bulldogs' athletic director, Barry Collier, can't afford to stick his head in the sand on this issue.

Hoosier Racing Tire casting eye toward IndyCar

December 13, 2012
At last week's International Motorsports Industry Show, officials for Lakeville-based company said they are interested in and capable of supplying tires for the high-speed IndyCar Series.

Miles eyes lights for Speedway, postseason for IndyCar

December 12, 2012
While new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said his first priority is to grow the IndyCar Series, there’s no doubt he plans to do the same for the IMS. And growth means change.

IU, Purdue having own personal athletics arms race

December 7, 2012
IU Athletic Director Fred Glass should get some credit for the increase in pay for Purdue's coaches.

Pandering to NASCAR hurts IndyCar's brand

December 5, 2012
Here’s a new statement IndyCar and Speedway officials might consider: The Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar racing are for highly-skilled specialists, not someone who can “drive the wheels off anything from a Dixie Chopper to a Camaro.”

Some might argue Luck is third best NFL rookie QB

December 3, 2012
While one NFL analyst said the Colts' Andrew Luck is one of the six best quarterbacks in the league right now, another voice says the No. 1 draft pick isn't even as good as third-round selection Russell Wilson.

Hulman & Co. CEO seeks to overhaul IndyCar management

November 29, 2012
Mark Miles isn’t likely to stop at simply hiring a replacement for Randy Bernard, racing sources said. He also aims to build a new IndyCar Series management structure and hire a new executive team.

Luck jersey sales soaring as holidays approach

November 28, 2012
Andrew Luck's popularity locally and nationally continues to soar, and the sales of his jersey demonstrate that. His jersey sales are among top 10 among all professional athletes this holiday season.

Miles facing toughest challenge with IndyCar

November 21, 2012
Building trust between the IndyCar paddock and front office is fine. But that bridge will lead to nowhere unless new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles and IndyCar Series and IMS boss Jeff Belskus can build an audience for the sport.

Notre Dame could push BCS revenue to record highs

November 19, 2012
The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame won’t be the only ones dancing on a pot of gold should the school’s football team make it to the BCS National Championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.

Early home attendance troubling sign for Pacers

November 15, 2012
With star forward Danny Granger injured and the Indianapolis Colts and IU men's basketball team gaining lots of attention from local sports fans and media, the Indiana Pacers may be in danger of losing some of the momentum they gained during last year's playoff run.

Crean has become the man IU can't afford to lose

November 14, 2012
As good a coach as Tom Crean is, he might be even better at alumni and public relations. He has the appeal of Bob Knight without all the baggage and it's only a matter of time before the affable coach is at the center of an effort to replace Assembly Hall.

Colts have two NFL Coach of the Year candidates

November 9, 2012
Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians are both being mentioned as NFL Coach of the Year candidates. Arians is also likely to be pursued by NFL team owners looking for a new head coach after this season.

Pacers snag highest TV ratings since 2007

November 8, 2012
Still juiced from last season's playoff run, Pacers fans packed Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the team's home opener and are watching games on TV in bigger numbers than they have in years.

Colts' Luck interested in deals with health care, tech firms

November 7, 2012
The recent announcement that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made his first substantial corporate deal with Riley Hospital for Children is a sign the rookie may be ready to spread his wings off the field.

Pagano, like Tebow, capturing audience beyond football

November 5, 2012
The story of Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is quickly becoming one of the biggest of this NFL season. And that's because it's about more than football. A lot more.

Signs point to internal hire to replace Bernard as IndyCar CEO

November 2, 2012
The board of directors overseeing the IndyCar Series is not employing a search firm to look for a new CEO, and three internal candidates have risen to the top of a list of potential replacements for Randy Bernard.

Luck’s first local sponsorship starts with one short pass—and one brave kid

November 1, 2012
Andrew Luck’s toss of a few yards to 8-year-old Holden Harless, a Riley Hospital for Children spinal cord patient, made a special connection.

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