The Score

Welcome to The Score, your place for hard-hitting sports business news, fast-breaking updates and fuel-injected debate.  Buckle up.  I'm your host, Anthony Schoettle, IBJ sports reporter.

IndyCar Series takes center stage in latest Will Smith movie

Leading up to the Feb. 27 opening of the movie "Focus," several IndyCar Series race markets hosted private screenings organized by Warner Bros. Show cars will be present at screenings and IndyCar drivers are introducing the film in major markets.
Read More

Pacers TV ratings plummet 35 percent, but there's reason for hope

Heading out of the All-Star break, the Indiana Pacers have the third biggest local TV ratings decline among 30 NBA teams. But the February numbers signify a turnaround.
Read More

Pacers hire former Super Bowl host committee executive

Pacers Sports & Entertainment taps a Hoosier native with deep roots in sports and politics to be its new boss of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Read More

Mazda ad campaign torches local racing icon

When Mazda wanted a real-life safety pioneer for its TV commercials, it turned to local resident and motorsports safety savant Bill Simpson. The publicity couldn't come at a better time for Simpson, who just went to market with his latest creation—a football helmet.
Read More

Indy Eleven sign two-year broadcast deal with WISH-TV

Indy's pro soccer franchise hopes to increase its local exposure by moving its games from WNDY-TV Channel 23 to WISH-TV Channel 8. The Fan's Greg Rakestraw will do play-by-play.
Read More

Glass, Swarbrick work deal to bring IU-Notre Dame baseball game to Indy

IU and Notre Dames are locking horns for the first time at Victory Field on April 21. The game couldn't come at a better time and is likely to be a big draw downtown.
Read More

Indiana Motorsports Association runs out of gas

The closing of the Indiana Motorsports Association will leave a void in the market, said its executive director, Tom Weisenbach. The IMA's formation in 2005 was much ballyhooed by then Gov. Mitch Daniels and myriad motorsports companies.
Read More

Local marketing firm signs big deals in NASCAR, F1

Zionsville-based Just Marketing International recently signed a groundbreaking deal to usher a huge Chinese TV maker into NASCAR and bring Epson back to Formula One.
Read More

Indy tops Seattle in Super Bowl TV ratings

Indianapolis was among the top Nielsen markets for Sunday's Super Bowl. Not surprisingly, Boston was No. 1. But what happened in Seattle?
Read More

Speedway president promising higher speeds, attendance this May

With the new aero kits hitting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famed oval for the first time this May, IMS President Doug Boles said new track records are a real possibility. The current speed record has stood since 1996.
Read More