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.

Pacers fans' patience, commitment tested by early season woes

The bottom hasn’t entirely fallen out in terms of the Indiana Pacers’ home attendance this year, but it may only be hanging on by a thread or two.
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Butler hoops tickets in hot demand; IU on the rise

Maybe it’s the promise of a strong season. Perhaps it’s the recently renovated Hinkle Fieldhouse. Either way, tickets for Butler University men’s basketball games are a hot commodity.
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Indy sports licensing firm acquired by Texas behemoth

Learfield Sports officials said they were attracted by the expertise of the 17-year-old local firm and will retain all of its employees. Butler University and University of Indianapolis are among clients that will be affected.
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City mulling bid to host college football championship game

Two Indiana Sports Corp. executives and possibly two board members are traveling to Dallas Jan. 12 to watch the national football college championship game and see what it would take to host the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Pacers, McDonald's launching splashy ad campaign

A new campaign touting the blue and gold and the golden arches will be featured on 130 billboards, and on menu boards and employees' uniforms at 158 McDonald’s restaurants across the region.
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Gordon playing nice, but NASCAR rules are hurting his legacy

NASCAR's postseason format has cost Jeff Gordon three series championships. He might be biting his tongue, but the former Pittsboro resident is saying all the right things about the series' direction.
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Eleven leads league in attendance, puts venue expansion on hold

The Indy Eleven may not have been the hottest team on the field this season, but the expansion North American Soccer League squad certainly was at the ticket office.
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McAfee's soaring popularity fuels Colts merchandise sales growth

Pat McAfee is one of the only NFL kickers or punters who is among his team's leaders in jersey sales. McAfee, who wears No. 1, is second in sales among all Colts. Quarterback Andrew Luck's No. 12 tops the list.
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Butler set to raise curtain on Hinkle Fieldhouse overhaul

Butler officials have promised the eye-catching renovations will make things much nicer for fans and players while not affecting the historical integrity of the 86-year-old landmark.
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Indy among national leaders in number of women sports fans

Indianapolis has a higher percentage of women sports fans than many of the nation's largest and most sports rabid cities. There's an especially strong following for the NFL, NBA, NASCAR and college hoops.
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