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Large crowds buoying pro sports teamsRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.
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Recent minor-league team sales suggest Indians worth $40M-plus

August 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A stunning string of sales of minor-league baseball teams this year suggests the Indianapolis Indians’ current stock buy-back offer might be undervaluing the franchise.
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June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Through 37 scheduled home games this year, 303,771 fans have come through the turnstiles.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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As lease expiration nears, Indians continue years of investment in Victory FieldRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
For almost 18 years, the Indianapolis Indians have poured tens of millions of dollars into Victory Field while the city has spent hardly a dime.
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Indians extend deal with Pirates through 2016

August 12, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Since the Indians began their affiliation with the Pirates in 2005, they have posted a 668-604 regular-season record, including a 352-289 mark at Victory Field.
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WRTV widening local content streaming to devicesRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 plans to begin broadcasting high school sporting events over a streaming service for smartphones and tablets.
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Indianapolis Indians seeking new ad agencyRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Hirons & Co. has held the contract for 10 years. But earlier this year, the Indians decided it was time to see if Hirons or another agency had new ideas.
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Collectors snap up Bush Stadium's salvaged seats

February 22, 2013
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis sports fans and collectors lined up Thursday to buy seats salvaged from Bush Stadium, snapping up more than 300 in the first day of the three-day sale — six times as many as organizer People for Urban Progress had expected for the entire offering.
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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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Indians continue trend of higher profitRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
The city's professional baseball team has thrived financially since 2009, bucking the woes of the economy.
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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

November 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
An Indianapolis not-for-profit that recycled the fabric roof of the former RCA Dome into totes, wallets and other items has found a new use for the seats once used at Bush Stadium.
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Indians attendance increases for fourth straight year

September 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A strong regular season and a playoff run pushed attendance at Indianapolis Indians home games to its best mark in four years and fourth best at Victory Field since 2000.
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Indians on hot pace thanks to winning record, dry weather

July 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Indians officials think total attendance this season could reach 600,000, a number that’s proven difficult for the team to reach in recent years.
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Ex-grocery exec Danny O'Malia providing service advice to sports franchisesRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Danny O'Malia, longtime leader of his family's Indianapolis-based grocery store business, now offers his customer-service-driven advice through his own consulting firm.
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Indians revenue grows, profit tops $1 million in 2011Restricted Content

February 25, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The minor-league Indianapolis Indians overcame a bevy of obstacles last season to continue a run of major-league profits.
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Indians sign deal to air all 72 home games on TVRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Deal with WRTV-Channel 6 will provide most extensive coverage in franchise history.
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Seats from Bush Stadium to live on at bus stopsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local group has partnered with IndyGo to pay homage to one of the city’s great sports landmarks by installing Bush Stadium's seats at bus stops all over the city.
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Indians continue string of attendance increasesRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
For the season, the city's minor-league baseball team drew 580,082 fans to Victory Field over 71 home dates. The franchise has posted year-over-year attendance increases in four of the last five seasons.
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Bush Stadium rehab is Watson's latest creative projectRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Katie Maurer
Longtime Indianapolis developer launches spirited attempt to save baseball palace.
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BENNER: A love lost rarely returns—except at Victory FieldRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Bill Benner

Like most young boys in the 1950s, baseball was my first sports love.

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LEADING QUESTIONS: Indians boss still having a ball

April 20, 2011
Mason King
LQ Schumacher watch videoWhat's the secret to baseball profitability? Why is the offseason so important? Franchise President Max Schumacher fields questions.
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Indians renew TV deal for home games

March 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
All 72 home games for the Indianapolis Indians are scheduled for broadcast on Comcast's Xfinity and Bright House Networks.
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Indians' new ticketing partner could drive further spike in attendanceRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The baseball franchise dumped Ticketmaster for another sales management firm that charges buyers lower fees.
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Indians adding dining option to Victory Field

February 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Indians have torn out about 400 seats in Victory Field's left flank to make way for Captain Morgan Cove—an open-air restaurant and bar that will feature a menu separate from other stadium offerings and table service for up to 120 fans.
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