Final Four

Butler's near-miss run captivates thousands of fans

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
It was the third runner-up finish for the city in the past six months. The Indiana Fever lost in the WNBA finals, the Indianapolis Colts lost the Super Bowl and now Butler.
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Butler victory would mean big payday for school

April 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler BookstoreButler is winning the war of merchandise sales, leading the other three schools in the Final Four. A victory tonight, sports marketers said, would increase those sales fivefold.
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Tickets still remain for Butler-Duke game

April 5, 2010
National ticket search engine says about 4,500 remained Monday morning for the NCAA championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Butler coach Stevens expected to get lucrative offers

April 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler University basketball coach Brad Stevens has an annual base pay of $350,000 with another $37,851 in benefits and deferred compensation. Not bad for a 33-year-old. But it's no comparison to what big-time men's college basketball coaches make.
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BENNER: Hey, Hink? You'd be proud of this Butler teamRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Bill Benner
Itâ??s all about the whole, not the parts. They cut and move, move, move on offense. They defend like their scholarships depend on it.
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NCAA, city still hammering out long-term deal

April 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA and city put together a deal to cover insurance and liability issues for this year's Final Four, but are still finalizing an agreement that assures the event comes back regularly through 2039.
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VIEWPOINT: Much has changed for Butler since 1980

April 2, 2010
David B. Morton
Mediocrity in the athletic department was tolerated by the administration, winning wasn’t a priority and Tony Hinkle’s five principles—humility, passion, unity, servanthood and thankfulness—had not been adopted as “The Butler Way.”
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VIDEO: The mysteries of predicting Final Four's impact

April 2, 2010
Mason King
EcoImpact Watch
                           VideoA debate rages over how Butler's spot in the Final Four will blunt the event's economic impact. But predicting the Final Four's true impact is fraught with unknowns.
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Expansion of NCAA tournament now seen as likely

March 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Money proving to be a powerful motivator in earning Big Ten's support of NCAA tournament expansion plan.
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Shortage of big programs slows secondary Final Four ticket sales

March 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Ticket brokers say a flood of tickets became available on the secondary market following losses by the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
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Final Four corporate hospitality spending on the rise

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoettle
Corporate hospitality at sports events has been stagnant in recent years, but organizers expect a big bounce for this year's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.
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Final Four finally gives Butler reason to party

March 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
About eight hours after Butler beat second-seeded Kansas State 63-56 to reach the first Final Four in school history, the Bulldogs returned home to a large crowd and loud cheers.
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Final Four helps Indianapolis warm up for 2012 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The goal of any host city of a major sporting event is simple: Rake in as much cash as possible during the days the event is in town and maximize future economic potential by boosting the city’s image among everyone who watches on television. Execution is more difficult.
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Butler benefiting big from basketball run

March 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Besides an immediate bump in apparel sales, the university is expecting a jump in student applications, alumni contributions and season-ticket sales, as well.
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Record visitor spending expected for Final Four

March 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tickets were snapped up fast for this year's Final Four, almost assuring a record economic impact for Indianapolis. But two more wins for Purdue or Butler could bring down projected visitor spending.
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City, NCAA forge 30-year event pact

March 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It started as a meeting seven years ago between the NCAA, city and state officials, representatives of the Indiana Sports Corp. and a few others. The result was an agreement assuring Indianapolis hosts a major NCAA event every year between now and 2039.
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BENNER: A bigger--and better--Final Four awaits fansRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Over and above its predecessors, this year's event is going to blow you away.
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Big Ten tourney attendance rises by nearly 20 percent

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Organizers credit stronger ticket-selling efforts and new promotions for boosting attendance to more than 81,000, the highest it's been since the tournament became an annual event in Indianapolis.
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Future of Big Ten tourneys in city unclear after 2012

March 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Indianapolis the next two years, but the conference's future in the city is uncertain after 2012.
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NCAA tournament committee focused on 65, not 96

March 11, 2010
Associated Press
The NCAA is discussing whether to expand the 65-team men's basketball tournament, a topic with no shortage of controversy and opinions.
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NCAA Tournament may cost employers $1.8B in lost work

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Annual unscientific survey does not take into account that many employees who participate in office pools devote extra time to finishing their responsibilities.
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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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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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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: 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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