Indiana Pacers President Rick Fuson's trip to Toronto next week is the first outward sign the team and perhaps the city have a serious interest in hosting the NBA All-Star Game for the first time since 1985.
The new-look Capital Improvement Board–which owns Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Victory Field and Lucas Oil Stadium as well as the Indiana Convention Center–will probably be less cheerleader and more watchdog.
New York-based Nielsen Media Research reported the rating for the game was the highest for a regular season Pacers contest on Fox Sports Indiana since the April 11, 2014 match-up against the Miami Heat.
Herb Simon, who earned his spot on the Forbes 400 list as part of Simon Property Group, is buying an expansion franchise in the United Soccer League, a professional league with a player-development agreement with Major League Soccer.
Although the Pacers have beaten expectations through 14 games and are sitting in position to contend for a top playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, tickets for its games on the secondary market are still fetching some of the lowest prices in the NBA.
Indianapolis microbrewery Tow Yard Brewing Co. and Denver-based Factotum Brewhouse are partnering to make a Peyton Manning-themed beer—named Oatmaha—ahead of this Sunday’s Broncos-Colts clash at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Hickory merchandise has been sold and shipped to fans in 41 states and seven countries as the Indiana Pacer's merchandise sales surged 55 percent in August compared to the same period a year ago. Team officials think sales could get even hotter.