Pro Sports

Tennis officials set to reveal tournament buyer

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Sources told IBJ last week that the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section was in serious negotiations to buy the event and move it to Atlanta.
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Sources: City will lose professional tennis tournament

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships—formerly known as RCA Championships—appear to be dead, with the ATP Tour dates being shipped off to Atlanta for 2010 and beyond.
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BENNER: Should franchise records of Baltimore, Indy really mix?Restricted Content

November 28, 2009
Bill Benner
When Colts tight end Dallas Clark made that one-handed touchdown catch, moving him past the legendary Baltimore Colt John Mackey, questions once again arose.
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NCAA, NBA launch iHoops to promote sport of basketball to future players, fansRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One of the legacies left behind by the late NCAA President Myles Brand is a 10-person startup company tucked in a high-rise office building in downtown Indianapolis that is just starting to make its mark on the basketball world.
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Indiana Pacers offer special ticket deal for members of military

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
All active military, reserve and retired military members with military identification can purchase balcony tickets for $5, club-level tickets for $10, or lower-level seats for $15, starting two hours before tip-off.
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CIB finances improving, though concerns remain

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Approaching the end of 2009, Indianapolis' cash-strapped Capital Improvement Board is on much more solid financial footing.
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Critics: NCAA's reselling of suites out of sync with scalping ban

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Lucas Oil Stadium suite holders are upset that the NCAA is taking their luxury boxes for the men’s basketball Final Four in April and reselling them on the secondary—or scalpers—market.
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BENNER: Pacers revival has to happen on the hardwoodRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bill Benner
"This is not a year to make excuses," says Pacers President Larry Bird.
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Indiana Members Credit Union signs Pacers sponsorship pact

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The agreement includes player appearances, a Pacers debit card, courtside signage, radio spots, hospitality and use of the Conseco Fieldhouse practice court for community relations initiatives.
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Sales of luxury suites slow at most Indianapolis sports venues

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Ten years ago, the Indiana Pacers sold out their 69 Conseco Fieldhouse suites and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway barely touched a phone to sell its 120 luxury boxes. But entertaining at luxury suites is out of vogue now, thanks to the recession and companies keeping a closer eye on spending.
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BENNER: Bad news hard to come by as Colts take a breakRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Bill Benner
Here we are at the bye week of what is looking like another exceptional Indianapolis Colts season.
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Lucas Oil out to build on Jiffy Lube dealRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One year after emblazoning its name on the Indianapolis Colts’ mammoth new home, Lucas Oil Products Inc. has leveraged that sponsorship into a pact with Jiffy Lube that company founder Forrest Lucas thinks will score huge profits for his company.
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Kroger ads in Star grab attention, raise eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A new eye-grabbing advertising design in The Indianapolis Star has some wondering where ad content stops and news content begins.
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Fever exec 'confident' about team's future

October 7, 2009
Scott Olson
As the Indiana Fever try to win their first WNBA championship, an executive with the team's parent organization is optimistic the women’s basketball squad will remain in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Colts, other small-market NFL teams at risk if salary cap ends

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The prospect of a 2010 National Football League season without a players’ salary cap could cause high-profile free agents for the Colts and other small-market teams to gallop off for greener pastures.
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NFL helps spruce up high school's football field

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The George Washington Community High School football team played its season opener at a newly renovated field and stadium, thanks to a joint effort of the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts and Local Initiatives Support Corp.
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BENNER: Can we keep the franchise the Simons saved?Restricted Content

September 19, 2009
Bill Benner
The passing of Mel Simon adds more uncertainty to the Indiana Pacers’ future in Indianapolis.
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Super Bowl Committee adds vice president of event operations

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee recently hired South Bend native and Indiana University graduate Michelle Raines, who previously served in senior management roles for four Republican national conventions.
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Indians report 2009 attendance figures

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Tribe attracted 549,552 fans (8,202 per game) to Victory Field this season—its third-best average since 2001.
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BENNER: Football season arrives - and so do these questionsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Bill Benner
"Is Indiana now a football state?" and other questions.
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MainGate Inc. racks up revenue with NFL deals

August 29, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
When Brett Favre signed with the Minnesota Vikings Aug. 18, cheers could be heard at MainGate Inc.’s 7900 Rockville Road headquarters. Predictably, Favre jerseys went flying off the shelves—about 6,000 in the first 72 hours—and MainGate gets to keep a portion of those sales. The Vikings are one of six teams the Indianapolis-based merchandising specialist has signed deals with in 2-1/2 years, making MainGate one of the biggest retail players in the goliath of professional sports leagues.
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BENNER: Lin Dunn working her coaching magic on the Indiana FeverRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Bill Benner
When it comes to basketball coaching greats with Indiana ties, the question is not where to start the list—John Wooden, Bob Knight, Tony Hinkle and Bobby Leonard would qualify as an initial Mount Rushmore—but where to end it. Among women, the list is significantly shorter, but there’s one name that would be right at the top.
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Colts take lead in fighting drunk driving

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Football League and stadium operators are sending a strong anti-drunk-driving message to fans this year as part of an effort to expand the league’s 1-year-old Fan Code of Conduct program.
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BENNER: Time will prove the wisdom of building stadiumRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Bill Benner
A year ago, we opened Lucas Oil Stadium. We've been arguing about it ever since.
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Schumacher leads Indians to 33 straight years of profitsRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Max Schumacher, now in his 52nd year with the Indians, runs a tight ship. His attention to detail and strategic thinking have served the city's minor league baseball team well.
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