College Sports

USA Football touring city, considering moving HQ here

February 26, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
USA Football officials toured Indianapolis and met major sports brass on Feb. 26 and are considering several local sites, including the former Citizens Gas facility on the southeast side, to be its new home. The organization, part-owned by the NFL, is set to move from its Virginia home later this year.
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Lawsuit could bring NCAA financials to light

February 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Lawyers for former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon are promising to expose financial information about NCAA's licensing contracts the NCAA would rather keep private.
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Ex-Indiana player Leary arrested in fraud case

February 5, 2010
Associated Press
The 39-year-old Leary was being held Friday in the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington on charges out of Allen County.
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Sources: NCAA talking to CBS, Turner Sports about hoops deal

February 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
CBS and Turner Sports are discussing a joint bid for the broadcast rights to the NCAA men's basketball tournament rights if the NCAA decides to opt out of its current deal.
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Rising pay for coaches puts pressure on athletic departments

January 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A group of academics recently grilled the NCAA about what it plans to do to secure the future of more than three-fourths of its largest members, whose athletic departments are hemorrhaging cash at a surprising rate.
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Lucas Oil Stadium lease for Final Four is on CIB's front burner

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, said the deal needs tweaking because Lucas Oil Stadium was in the conceptual stages when Indianapolis won the bid to host the 2010 Final Four.
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Big Ten Conference ready to explore expansion

December 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors "believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion."
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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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BENNER: Should franchise records of Baltimore, Indy really mix?Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
Bill Benner
When Colts tight end Dallas Clark made that one-handed touchdown catch, moving him past the legendary Baltimore Colt John Mackey, questions once again arose.
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BENNER: Looking forward to 37 basketball games in 35 daysRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Bill Benner
Indy's month of March, 2010, will produce a basketball madness few cities can duplicate.
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NCAA, NBA launch iHoops to promote sport of basketball to future players, fansRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One of the legacies left behind by the late NCAA President Myles Brand is a 10-person startup company tucked in a high-rise office building in downtown Indianapolis that is just starting to make its mark on the basketball world.
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Critics: NCAA's reselling of suites out of sync with scalping ban

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Lucas Oil Stadium suite holders are upset that the NCAA is taking their luxury boxes for the men’s basketball Final Four in April and reselling them on the secondary—or scalpers—market.
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Horizon League wins acclaim for its Web-based sports networkRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone never envisioned himself getting into the television business. But that changed in 2004 when he saw a Butler University women’s basketball game being aired on a laptop computer.
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NCAA approves $35M addition to Indianapolis headquarters

October 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The NCAA executive committee on Thursday approved a $35 million addition to the governing body's headquarters in White River State Park in Indianapolis.
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Circle City Classic must boost attendance, sponsorship revenue to surviveRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Dramatic decreases in sponsorship and ticket revenue this year and the recent resignation of the Circle City Classic’s new executive director have some questioning if the event can survive. Now Classic leaders are considering a bevy of bold changes.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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WNDY to broadcast 13 Butler games

October 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Local TV station WNDY Channel 23 announced Friday that it will broadcast 13 Butler University men's basketball games this season, starting with the Bulldogs' Nov. 21 game at the University of Evansville.
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BENNER: NCAA needs another 'pathological optimist'Restricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bill Benner
As a tribute to its late president, the NCAA has posted on its Web site dozens of blogs, podcasts, speeches and editorials created by Myles Brand during his culture-altering tenure at the helm of intercollegiate athletics.
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Fred Glass takes center stage in IU football's ad campaignRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Athletics Director Fred Glass isn’t just calling an audible, he’s changing the advertising playbook in Bloomington. Glass, along with his new senior assistant athletics director for marketing, Patrick Kraft, are upping the ante this football season, with a 67-percent boost in television advertising and 20-percent boost in the total media buy.
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NCAA's CFO named interim president

September 22, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
James L. Isch, the NCAA's long-time chief financial officer, has been named interim president of the association, replacing Myles Brand, who died last week of pancreatic cancer.
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Indianapolis lands 2013 men's NCAA regional

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis has been selected to host a regional round of the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA announced today.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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NCAA President Myles Brand dies of cancer at 67

September 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
NCAA President Myles Brand has died at age 67 after a struggle with pancreatic cancer. Brand took the post in January 2003 after serving as president of Indiana University.
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U.S. Army extends sponsorship with Horizon League

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The league that includes Butler University recently extended its sponsorship deal with the U.S. Army through the 2009-2010 academic year.
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BENNER: Respect shouldn't be a college-football noveltyRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Just as it's probably unwise to make too much nice out of a pre-game handshake, it's also over the top to paint with too broad a brush the unfortunate incident that occurred at Boise State.
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