Pro Sports

Lucas says please don't call stadium 'The Luke'Restricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Officials for Lucas Oil Products Inc. are imploring fans and media not to refer to the team's new stadium as The Luke, a nickname that has cropped up on sports talk radio shows and been repeated in print and on TV. The nickname seems to be gaining momentum, and that doesn't sit well with Lucas brass already playing defense against New Jersey-based Lukoil Co. California based-Lucas Oil signed a 20-year, $121.5 million naming-rights deal for the Colts' new stadium.


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$720 million stadium will open with big operating deficitRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Jennifer Whitson

Cleaning crews are wiping construction dust from the 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, prepping for the public's first peek at the $720 million venue Aug. 16. But the hard work is only beginning for the city's Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the stadium. The fumbling point: CIB is anticipating a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.


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Ice Miller attorney departs, takes sports practice with himRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Sports agent Andrew "Buddy" Baker has left locally based law firm Ice Miller and is taking with him the firm's sports division, IM Sports Services, which he wants to develop into a giant agency with a national reach. Baker's new firm, Exclusive Sports Group, starts with a list of high-profile clients.
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Q&A: Herb Simon takes charge, says family is committed to PacersRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Herb Simon is taking a new hands-on approach with the Indiana Pacers, which he co-owns with his brother, Melvin. In response to a string of losing seasons and off-court mishaps involving players, Simon is transforming himself from a behind-the-scenes owner into a visible figure intent on reconnecting the franchise with the community that once adored it.
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Simon, Morris turn up effort to make Fever profitableRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Fever could spike this year. Ticket sales, sponsorship and the local buzz about the team are on the rise. But perhaps most important, the Fever have key advocates in the Pacers Sports & Entertainment front office that the team simply hasn't had before.
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Irsay sees Polian son as heir apparent; other teams come callingRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Beyond his last name, little is known here about Indianapolis Colts Vice President of Football Operations Chris Polian--even though it's likely he represents the future of the franchise. In National Football League circles, Polian's stock has skyrocketed as league owners have realized there's more to the 36-year-old than his famous last name.
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Simons won't discuss succession plans for Pacers ownershipRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Recently announced changes to the Indiana Pacers' front office leave questions about the team's long-term ownership unanswered. While Larry Bird, Pacers director of basketball operations, is set to take over for CEO Donnie Walsh at season's end, there is no indication what succession strategy, if any, exists for replacing team owners Mel Simon, 81, and Herb Simon, 73.
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NCAA, NBA forging youth hoops pactRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Professional and collegiate basketball are on the brink of a landmark agreement that hoops insiders said will change the landscape of the sport in this country. Proponents say it would be good for basketball, but others say it's an attempt to further commercialize the sport.
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Oprah's beau advises struggling Pacers on image managementRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Best-selling author Stedman Graham says professional athletes should think of themselves as "a corporation unto themselves." Graham--perhaps best known as television star Oprah Winfrey's boyfriend--brought that message to the Indiana Pacers during a three-hour private seminar in late January designed to get the players to rethink the importance of their individual images.
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Pacers falls into last place in NBA home attendanceRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers have hit rock bottom. This month, the team slipped into last place in average home attendance among the 30 National Basketball Association teams, falling behind the New Orleans Hornets, a team that is selling tickets in an area still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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Colts' suite holders devise ways to maximize boxes' valueRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In a meeting that had more X's and O's than Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy's game-day war room, FedEx District Sales Manager Doug Knowles and his lieutenants decided which clients and prospective clients would be invited to the FedEx suite which game, which FedEx employees would accompany them, and what ancillary activities would be planned.
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Big season for Indians' stockholdersRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Indians are rewarding stockholders in the franchise following a season in which revenue and profit grew, thanks to significant increases in ticket, concession and merchandise sales. The higher profit fueled a 75-percent dividend increase this year and an increase of more than $6,500 in the franchise's standing offer to repurchase shares.
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Colts build reputation for mastering salary capRestricted Content

August 20, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts lost a slew of popular players in the off-season who were key to the team's Super Bowl run. The defections--though unusual for a championship team--were business as usual for a franchise that has gained a reputation around the league for its bold personnel moves.
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Squabble threatens ABA's credibilityRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Rival board members are at war over the future of the American Basketball Association just as the Indianapolis-based professional league appeared to be on the cusp of breakthrough growth.
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Architect of Colts' success worked his way to the topRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Polian, the multi-sport schoolboy athlete from the Bronx, never had the advantage of an inside track. So he broke into the National Football League the only way he knew how: by outworking and outsmarting the competition. By all accounts, Polian, 64 and now president of the Indianapolis Colts, is still at it.
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RCA ends 15-year run as sponsor of tennis tournamentRestricted Content

November 20, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
After a 15-year run--the longest on the ATP Tour's North American Circuit--Thomson Consumer Electronics' RCA brand is ending its title sponsorship of Indianapolis' professional men's tennis tournament.
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Players' desire to shorten season could doom RCA ChampionshipsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the WTA, which represents women professional players, and the ATP, which represents men, are considering shortening the lengthy tennis calendar by imposing a short offseason-possibly a three-week, midyear respite that would collide with the RCA Championships.
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IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

January 16, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.
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