College Sports

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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Bulldogs fall in title game, but leave big impression

April 4, 2011
Associated Press
Butler University lost 53-41 to the University of Connecticut on Monday night in the NCAA men's basketball title game. But now, thanks to two straight runs to the final, every mid-major thinks they've got a shot. And a blueprint for how to do it.
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Colleges spend big, lose big on women's basketball

April 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Across the U.S., the most popular women’s college sport is in the red. Women’s basketball at the 53 public schools in the six largest conferences recorded operating losses last fiscal year of $109.7 million, while the men’s teams reported operating profits of $240 million.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse slated for $25 million restoration

April 1, 2011
Scott Olson
A capital campaign is under way to fund improvements to the historic arena on the campus of Butler University. Upgrades will include more seating for season-ticket holders and a new scoreboard with video capabilities.
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WRTV Channel 6 to begin airing more high school, college sports

March 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A partnership with HomeTown Sports Indiana will give more than a million Hoosiers access to a mixture of live and taped sporting events.
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Hunter leaves IUPUI to take coaching job at Georgia State

March 21, 2011
Associated Press
Coach Ron Hunter has left IUPUI after 17 seasons to take over at Georgia State University, a men’s basketball program that has struggled through most of its existence.
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Butler still getting big bounce from 2010 NCAA run

March 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The number of applications to Butler University is up 41 percent—to a total of 9,357—compared with applications received by the same time last year, according to school officials. Requests for information and campus visits by prospective students are both up 35 percent for the year.
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