Final Four

Big money under close scrutiny at NCAA Final Four

April 4, 2014
Bloomberg News
Kentucky's coaching staff will reap an extra $736,000 if the team wins the NCAA basketball tournament. Meanwhile, players are being asked by security to remove labels from water bottles at practice to avoid conflicts with a sponsorship agreement.
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BENNER: Musings from the road to (and from) The Final FourRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Rutgers coach Mike Rice scored almost as much attention as the champion quartet of teams.
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BENNER: Of many shining moments, one could have shone brightestRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Benner
Some years stand out as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.
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NBA All-Star Game alluring, but no local bid in sightRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Greg Andrews
The 1985 NBA All-Star Game remains the only all-star game the league has held in Indianapolis—a curious omission given the city’s propensity for landing big-time events.
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NCAA faces firestorm after replacing Shaheen

April 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Since Tuesday, fans, coaches and prominent journalists have fired off more than 150 messages on Twitter or on blog posts either blasting the Indianapolis-based NCAA or praising Greg Shaheen, who had overseen all 89 of the NCAA's championships since August 2010.
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BENNER: New Orleans a success, but Final Four leaves mixed emotionsRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Bill Benner
Perhaps those of us who are not exactly Kentucky fans should be happy that the likes of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Indy's own Marques Teague won't stay for four years,
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After the Super Bowl, what's next for Indianapolis sports?Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Barely a week has passed since Indianapolis hosted America's most popular sporting event, and already the Indiana Sports Corp. is retooling its playbook.
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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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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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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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BENNER: March Madness 2011 comes with some sadnessRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Bill Benner
Recent weeks saw the passing of a handful of the Hoosier sport’s key figures, among them former Shortridge High School and Butler University basketball coach George Theofanis.
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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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BENNER: Who might be this year's Butler? Maybe ButlerRestricted Content

March 12, 2011
Bill Benner
A year ago this week, the Butler men’s basketball team was preparing to play the University of Texas-El Paso in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Who knew what was about to unfold?
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Sport Graphics making its mark in Dallas this week

February 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Locally based Sport Graphics scored a "six-figure" deal with the NFL to design, make and install all Super Bowl signage—in Dallas and Indianapolis.
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BENNER: One last look at the Bulldogs ... in another universeRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Bill Benner
In the two weeks since the NCAA title game, I can barely go a waking hour without someone asking me The Question: What if Gordon Hayward’s shot had gone in?
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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Final Four run presents challenges for Butler

April 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone is hopeful Butler University officials will not let their enthusiasm over the school's recent push to the NCAA Championship game run wild.
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HETRICK: Much more than economic impact from a Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
This year's events delivered a return on investment far more powerful than the estimated economic impact.
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Obama, Manning, Letterman help Butler celebrate

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
From the White House to Main Street, the Bulldogs opened eyes and turned heads.
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NCAA title game earns best TV rating since 2005

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
More than 48 million viewers watched at least some of Monday night's game, the most since 50 million tuned in for Arizona-Kentucky in 1997.
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Butler loses title game, but wins massive publicity

April 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler received so many visits to its main Web site, school officials had to beef up the computer system. School President Bobby Fong is commissioning a study to gauge the value of the publicity earned through the Bulldogs' run to the Final Four.
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  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

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