Pro Sports

Pacers vs. Knicks almost sold out as ticket demand soars

May 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The team plans to provide gold t-shirts for all in attendance for Saturday's game, which tips off at 8 p.m. Ticket packages for next season are selling as local enthusiasm builds.
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Colts-themed restaurant could reopen with Irsay's aid

May 3, 2013
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged to throw the owner of the Blue Crew Sports Grill a lifeline by paying his rent until the football season starts in September.
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Speedway state funding plan approved by lawmakers

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway could get $100 million in state assistance for planned improvements under a plan approved by Indiana legislators.
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New pro soccer team to be called Indy Eleven

April 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis’ pro soccer team doesn’t make its on-field debut until April 2014, but organizers on Thursday unveiled the club’s name: Indy Eleven.
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Pacers post solid attendance gains in regular season

April 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Despite the negative noise this year about Pacers home attendance, the team had its second consecutive season increase. Revenue from tickets and sponsorships also rose.
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Investment group may bring pro hockey back to Indianapolis

April 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Professional hockey will be skating back to the city in less than two years if Indiana State Fairgrounds officials get their wish.
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Not-for-profit credited with bringing dream of local pro soccer team to life

April 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The Brickyard Battalion started informally as a support group for an imaginary soccer team. But it was the impetus for starting a real-life North American Soccer League franchise in Indianapolis, scheduled to launch next year.
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Colts confident they can sell new luxury suites

April 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Colts officials say local demand remains high for suites, even as other NFL teams struggle, and that season-ticket renewals are at 95 percent. The city will foot the $2 million bill for two new suites at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Pacers safe in Boston after bomb attack at marathon

April 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The team was in Boston Monday, preparing for its upcoming game against the Celtics. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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Indianapolis Colts, city reach deal on new luxury suites

April 8, 2013
Mason King, Anthony Schoettle
Up to $2 million of the costs for the suites project and other improvements will be paid by the Capital Improvement Board, the city agency which owns and operates Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Ice to take over operations at Pan Am skating facility

April 5, 2013
Mason King
The Indiana Ice have come to an agreement with owner Kite Realty Group to use the Pan Am Plaza skating facility as a training center and venue for games after renovations this summer. It also will be open to the public for other ice-related activities.
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Q&A: 'Mad Dog' enjoying greener pastures with Indianapolis Colts

March 28, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jimmy Matis wasn't sure what he would do when he lost his job after 24 years at Q95, but in this life, he says, "you just have to understand that you constantly have to learn."
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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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Big Easy Super Bowl attraction crowds fall short of Indy's

February 4, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Attendance this year for the Super Bowl-related NFL Experience and downtown village in New Orleans fell far short of what was achieved in Indianapolis last year.
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Arrival of NBA jersey ads likely to net Pacers millionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA is on the verge of allowing advertising on player jerseys, a potential source of revenue long resisted by major U.S. sports leagues. The question now is how much money the move will generate for small-market teams like the Indiana Pacers.
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New Indy soccer team tops 1,500 season tickets

January 31, 2013
Organizers of the team say they've received deposits for 1,500 season tickets just two weeks after local developer Ersal Ozdemir unveiled his plans to launch the minor league squad.
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Colts GM Grigson named NFL executive of year

January 28, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson has been named Sporting News' NFL Executive of the Year, the publication announced Monday.
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Soccer stadium could be development springboardRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Landing a North American Soccer League franchise might be the easiest part of Indianapolis developer Ersal Ozdemir’s grand plan, which includes building a downtown soccer stadium and surrounding it with retail and residential space.
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Pacers voice recognized in sportscasters Hall of FameRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Twice named Indiana’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Boyle also has been recognized as the top talk show host in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
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Colts lose assistant coach Arians to Arizona Cardinals

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
The Arizona Cardinals have filled the NFL’s final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The 60-year-old longtime assistant went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia last season.
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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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Well-known Indianapolis developer launching pro soccer team

January 15, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Keystone Group President Ersal Ozdemir plans to launch a soccer franchise in 2014 and build a soccer-specific stadium by 2017.
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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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Pacers sign head coach Vogel to contract extension

January 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Frank Vogel is in his third season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Entering Tuesday's home game with Miami, he has an 82-56 overall record.
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Surprise on-field success driving Colts' club-seat salesRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
What had looked like a bleak scenario for renewals took a positive turn thanks to wins racked up by the team and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.
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