NBA

Pacers launch big ad campaign at unusual time

April 20, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers this month launched a six-figure advertising campaign—their biggest by far this season—featuring Larry Bird, coach Frank Vogel and a host of players. The blitz comes at an unusual time in the season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Live on Broadway it's ... Larry Bird?

April 14, 2012
Lou Harry
Often stilted, often hokey, and just as often charming, “Magic/Bird” is a Broadway oddball—a biographical drama without romance and without family conflict, but with an ample supply of game clips and a very mobile backboard.
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Bulls, Pacers to open preseason with charity game

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers will open the long-delayed preseason Dec. 16 by hosting the Chicago Bulls at Conseco Fieldhouse. All proceeds from the game will go to the United Way of Central Indiana.
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Labor deal not a panacea for PacersRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Sports business experts with knowledge of the new collective bargaining agreement expected to be ratified by NBA owners and players this week think it will push the Indiana Pacers toward breaking even but won’t ensure the team’s long-term profitability.
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NBA owners, players reach tentative deal

November 26, 2011
Associated Press
Both sides of the NBA labor impasse reached an agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season with a marquee tripleheader Dec. 25. Most of a season that seemed in jeopardy of being lost entirely will be salvaged if both sides approve the handshake deal.
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Ex-ABA team seeks more from old TV-rights deal with Pacers

November 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The Spirits of St. Louis Basketball Club LP, a defunct American Basketball Association team, claims it is owed even more TV revenue from the Indiana Pacers and three other NBA expansion teams than the teams are currently paying as part of a 1976 settlement.
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More games lost as NBA players file antitrust lawsuit

November 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers have already lost eight preseason games and eight regular-season games, with half of those events scheduled for Conseco Fieldhouse. Extending the stoppage through Dec. 15 will cost the Pacers another 15 games, including six at home.
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Players reject NBA's offer, begin to disband union

November 14, 2011
Associated Press
National Basketball Association players rejected the league's latest offer Monday and have begun the process to disband the union. The decision likely jeopardizes the season.
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BENNER: NBA players, owners show no regard for customersRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Here we go again. Billionaires versus millionaires, Round Two.
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NBA scraps first two weeks of regular season

October 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Team owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal Monday and end the lockout. The cancellation includes all games scheduled to be played through Nov. 14. The first seven games on the Indiana Pacers' schedule will be lost.
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BENNER: This winter might be best and worst of timesRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Bill Benner
We've got the Big Ten championship, the Crossroads Classic, the Super Bowl ... and the possibility of no NBA season.
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NBA postpones camps, cancels 43 preseason games

September 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The cancellations will cost the Indiana Pacers three preseason games, including home games Oct. 11 vs. the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and Oct. 15 against the Orlando Magic.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Pacers' new coach preaches overachieving

July 20, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vogel_WatchVideoWhy base the team's identity on a scene from "Rocky"? Is he soft on discipline? What "stupid human tricks" can he perform? Frank Vogel has answers.
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BENNER: Fixing dysfunctional NBA will take time, flexibilityRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Bill Benner
Unlike the NFL, which is swimming in money, the NBA is drowning in red ink.
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Pacers' Simon at center of NBA labor fightRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Along with players’ salaries and contract terms, revenue sharing among the NBA's 30 team owners is becoming the wild-card issue that could blow the lid off contract negotiations.
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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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New coach amps up fan interest in PacersRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Much of the credit for the team’s recent upswing—on the court and with fans—is going to the team’s new head coach, Frank Vogel. But he is only the interim head coach, and his future with the team is uncertain.
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Pacers owner to keep Bird as team president

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon says team president Larry Bird's job is safe through the rest of the season, and he could be back next year.
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Pacers still fighting to draw bigger crowds

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Attendance has improved since the team's league-worst mark in 2007-2008, but cracking the 15,000-per-game mark is a struggle.
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BENNER: Indiana State football reigns ... and other thoughtsRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Tony Dungy's class act, the possibilities of NFL expansion, and more.
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Bird still has boss' support, but also plenty of critics

October 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
This year might be Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird's last shot to show that his skill assembling a team is on par with his talent as a player and coach.
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Indiana Pacers launch combine to scout for top salespeopleRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Representatives of at least 17 professional sports franchises will be here looking for talent to add to their business teams.
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Smart gets his first shot as NBA head coach

September 27, 2010
Bloomberg News
Hoosier basketball legend Keith Smart was appointed by the Golden State Warriors to replace Don Nelson, the head coach with the most victories in NBA history.
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New NCAA boss wants to change NBA draft rules

August 19, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
After overhauling the NCAA's executive staff, Mark Emmert sets his sights on talks with National Basketball Association officials about adopting a pro-eligibility policy that would keep players in school through their junior years.
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CIB deal won't fix all of Pacers' woes

July 17, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The $33.5 million the Capital Improvement Board is providing the Indiana Pacers is merely a Band-Aid that will do little to solve serious short-term and long-term issues facing the team.
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