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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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BENNER: For BCS chief, this isn't the season of good willRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Bill Benner
Why would one of the nicest people I know place himself in a position where he gets criticized almost daily?
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For Big Ten championship, even suites are for sale

December 1, 2011
Scott Olson
Besides individual tickets, entire suites are being offered for as much as $28,000 on various online brokerage sites for the inaugural Big Ten championship football game.
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BENNER: Cowardly silence brings shame to Happy ValleyRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Bill Benner
As horrific as the allegations are, just as horrendous are the alleged inactions of Penn State officials and Paterno himself.
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Horizon League signs pact with Sport GraphicsRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The agreement, which was negotiated by IMG College, the league’s multimedia-rights partner, will run through July 2014.
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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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College athletes push for NCAA reforms, money

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
More than 300 major college football and men's basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree.
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Butler tries to build sports revenue without alienating fansRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Capitalizing on the newfound national reputation of Butler's men's basketball means the relatively small program must raise its revenue game—without pricing the Bulldog faithful out of the arena.
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UPDATE: CIB backs grant for Big Ten football championship

October 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The $125,000 in funds from the city’s Capital Improvement Board will help the Indiana Sports Corp. put on the Big Ten Football Championship game in December and basketball tournament in March.
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Groundbreaking study values college football programsRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
IU prof's 242-page dissertation puts a price tag on teams as if they were for sale on the open market, and it’s filled with nuggets sure to grab the attention of academics, sports business experts and fans alike.
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NCAA sued by ex-college football players over head injuries

September 28, 2011
Bloomberg News
The National College Athletic Association has been sued by two former college football players who claim the organization failed to enforce safety measures to protect them from concussions.
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Circle City Classic makes changes to boost event attendanceRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Officials are taking steps to reverse a dramatic decline in interest in the event over the last decade.
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Big Ten game will have big impact in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Early indications suggest the inaugural championship football game will rake more money into the Indianapolis area than expected.
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MainGate signs deal to handle merchandise for Big TenRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company will be the exclusive retail and merchandising company for the organization’s football championship games and basketball tournaments through 2016.
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Herff Jones jumps into cheerleadingRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Yearbook-and-class-ring maker Herff Jones on Aug. 1 bought Memphis-based Varsity Brands, the top supplier of cheerleader uniforms, as well as the force behind cheerleading’s evolution into a stand-alone sport. Varsity will bring Herff about $250 million in annual revenue through its uniform sales, training camps and competitions.
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New IU football coach giving ticket sales a boost

August 31, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
A potential public-relations black eye between new coach Kevin Wilson and two radio announcers could be helping Indiana University sell more season tickets.
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BENNER: Look in mirror to see what ails college footballRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Bill Benner
If college football is the product of a corrupt system, why is it so incredibly popular?
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Study says Butler scored valuable media exposure in tourneysRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A study says the school earned $512 million worth of media exposure thanks to the back-to-back runs to the men’s basketball NCAA Championship game.
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IUPUI track stadium dodges wrecking ball

July 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, which school officials considered demolishing a few years ago, is getting a face-lift that includes a new $1.2 million infield surface.
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Horizon League scores five-year deal with IMGRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
IMG College, a division of New York-based IMG Worldwide, will be the locally based college sports league's exclusive multimedia partner.
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Indianapolis lands Big Ten football title game through 2015

June 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis outbid Chicago for the rights to host the Big Ten Conference football championship game through 2015 and also landed the 2014 and 2016 title games in men's and women's basketball.
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Justice Department to NCAA: Why no football playoff?

May 5, 2011
Associated Press
The U.S. Justice Department says there are "serious questions" about whether the current format of the college football playoff system complies with antitrust laws.
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Butler's Mack to test NBA waters without agent

April 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Butler University junior guard Shelvin Mack will declare for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, keeping his college eligibility as he considers his options.
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Women's Final Four crowds smallest since 1990s

April 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis was a near-sellout, but it was the smallest crowd to see the title game since 1997.
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Final Four crowds show women still catching up

April 5, 2011
Sean Morrison
Despite having an in-state basketball team in the women's NCAA Final Four and only 18,500 seats to fill, attendance at Conseco Fieldhouse was sparse Sunday for the semifinal round, with a total of 16,421 attending the two-game session.
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