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Chicago mimicking Indy sports strategyRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Tourism leaders in Chicago are launching an initiative some observers think is a direct shot at Indianapolis. In October, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau formed its own sports commission and fed it $300,000 in startup cash.
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NCAA president promises sweeping rules changes, no pay for athletesRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Reform will eliminate unenforceable, low-impact regulations.
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Ripken eyes Indy for major youth baseball complex

November 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for Ripken Baseball Inc., which operates two of the country's top youth baseball facilities, are considering Indianapolis as a location for a major complex that could cost up to $20 million to build and draw thousands of players and spectators each year.
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NCAA approves major scholarship changes at meeting

October 27, 2011
Associated Press
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors OK'd reforms that give conferences the option of adding more money to scholarships, schools the opportunity to award scholarships for multiple years, impose tougher academic standards on recruits, and change basketball recruiting.
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Indoor sports complex getting $2M makeover

October 19, 2011
Scott Olson
The Sports Of All Sorts indoor recreational facility on Indianapolis’ northeast side is undergoing a rebranding that will transform it into a restaurant and entertainment venue as well as a sports complex.
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Indiana Soccer Association moving to Westfield

September 29, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based soccer association's decision to move to Westfield's Grand Park Sports Campus follows a similar announcement earlier this year by the Lids Indiana Bulls, a youth baseball organization.
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USA Football, Rawlings sign two-year merchandise dealRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The St. Louis-based sporting goods manufacturer will be a supplier for America’s national teams and USA Football’s youth football initiatives.
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Interim Track & Field CEO to keep title another year

June 29, 2011
Interim CEO Mike McNees, who has led Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field since September, will continue in that capacity through the 2012 Olympics in London, the organization said on Wednesday.
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USA Track & Field struggling to find new CEO

June 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis-based sports group goes "around and around" in its search to replace fired CEO Doug Logan. A new candidate could be presented to the board next week.
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City hosting another Big Ten championship

May 13, 2011
Scott Olson
Participants from seven Big Ten universities will be in Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the women's rowing championships—the first time the event has been held at a neutral site.
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Shelbyville uses new incubator to lure tech firm TyrosRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A company that will soon become Shelbyville’s newest corporate resident has a nifty, high-tech idea to help schools, leagues and sports associations connect with sports referees and officials.
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Volleyball tourney expected to bring 20,000 to city

April 8, 2011
The 2011 Lids Team Sports Mid-East Qualifier, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature top female high school players on 65 courts inside the Indiana Convention Center.
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Marriott signs multi-year deal to sponsor USA Football

February 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The giant hotel chain is now the official hotel of the Indianapolis-based sports governing body.
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Westfield sports complex scores deal with youth baseball group

January 28, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
City officials hope landing the Lids Indiana Bulls as a tenant at the planned Grand Park Sports Campus will help drive thousands of visitors to the 300-acre site—and nearby businesses.
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'World-class' sports complex on deck for Anderson

January 18, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Private investors are planning to develop a $6 million baseball and softball complex on about 70 acres off Interstate 69 in Anderson, officials are set to announce Tuesday afternoon.
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Running store chain changes name, opens new shopRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Running Co., now BlueMile, expands into Louisville, looks to add more stores in and outside Indiana
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USA Track & Field hit with wrongful termination suit

October 20, 2010
Associated Press
Former USA Track and Field CEO Doug Logan filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the governing body Wednesday, seeking payment after suddenly being fired last month following a 26-month tenure.
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USA Track & Field hires search firm to find CEO

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A California firm was hired to replace fired former leader.
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Former agent's admission shines light on NCAA enforcement

October 14, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based college sports body acknowledges that it needs the help of others, including former players, coaches and the National Football League, to reduce improprieties.
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USA Track & Field fires CEO

September 13, 2010
Associated Press
Chief operating officer Mike McNees will assume leadership duties of the Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field while the board begins its search to replace Doug Logan.
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Assistant commissioner promoted to lead IHSAA

August 6, 2010
Associated Press
The IHSAA announced Friday that Bobby Cox would replace Blake Ress as commissioner in February when Ress retires after 10-1/2 years in the position.
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Westfield residents to hear plans for $1B development

June 21, 2010
Scott Olson
The Estridge Cos., a Carmel-based home builder, will present details of the massive project—mixing condos, apartments and retail with a $15 million stadium—at a public hearing Monday evening.
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World Skating Academy gets reprieve, remains on thin ice

June 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, the Academy hasn't yet been evicted from its Pan American Plaza ice rinks, but it operates under a cloud of uncertainty.
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BENNER: John Wooden would have been proud of these kidsRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Bill Benner
There is little I can add to the deserved tributes ... except to place a couple of recent events in a Wooden-like perspective.
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BENNER: From Boehm to Hayward to a New York Super BowlRestricted Content

May 29, 2010
Bill Benner
Retiring Indiana Supreme Court judge Ted Boehm played a leading role in the city's emergence as an amateur sports capital.
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