Pro Sports

Bowl bid could come down to Indy, old Texas nemesis

October 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
League sources say Indianapolis and Dallas will be among the finalists announced Tuesday for the 2018 Super Bowl. That will pit Colts owner Jim Irsay against powerful Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
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City's pro soccer team signs sponsorship deal with Honda

October 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The three-year deal will net the new North American Soccer League team Indy Eleven about $1 million over the term of the agreement and will offer the franchise a critical marketing partner.
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All-star forward George signs extension with Pacers

September 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Team officials have not released details, but the contract is reported to be for five years and worth $80 million-plus.
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Luck throws weight behind Body Armor with equity stake

September 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said he wanted to prove himself on the field in the National Football League before pursuing sponsorship opportunities off it.
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NFL seeks $765M settlement over concussion lawsuits

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
The NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits with a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research, a federal judge said Thursday.
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Hoosier documentary maker turns attention to Leonard

August 29, 2013
Associated Press
Award-winning filmmaker Ted Green, whose previous documentaries profiled John Wooden, Roger Brown and Indiana war veterans, found Bobby "Slick" Leonard has done basically everything there is to do in basketball.
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CIB prepared to give Pacers another $11 million

August 28, 2013
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is prepared to give the Pacers another $11 million to offset losses from operating Bakers Life Fieldhouse as it continues to negotiate a long-term contract with the team.
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Ballard wins allies for cricket strategyRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Both sides of the political aisle are howling that the $6 million transforming Post Road Community Park into the Indianapolis World Sports Park could be better spent. Yet a powerful group of people and organizations says the 48-acre park championed by Mayor Greg Ballard is already paying off and will score even bigger dividends in the future.
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Colts camp fans not impressed with Anderson

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Fans are wild about attending Indianapolis Colts' practices this summer on the campus of Anderson University, but they say they have little interest in sticking around and spending money in the city.
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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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International soccer match draws 42,000 to Lucas Oil

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
The biggest soccer match in Indianapolis history also marked the first time that a natural grass surface was was laid inside the Colts' stadium.
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Trio's tenures with Colts predate infamous move from BaltimoreRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The only three employees still with the Colts since the team’s move to Indianapolis 30 years ago could not have envisioned what the franchise—and the community where it resides—would become in the last three decades.
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MainGate scores huge Super Bowl merchandising deal

July 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based MainGate beat out more than a dozen bidders to sell merchandise at 40 NFL-sanctioned hotels during the 10-day Super Bowl festivities next season.
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Fever extend Dunn contract to 2014, elevate White

July 9, 2013
Associated Press
Dunn led the Fever to their first Women's National Basketball Association championship last year.
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Returning to run franchise, Bird hopes to take 'another step'

June 27, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A recharged Larry Bird, 56, will succeed Donnie Walsh, 72, as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. His return comes almost exactly a year after he stepped down, citing health concerns.
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Summer basketball league has become big draw for NBA, college starsRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Carlos Knox runs The Knox Indy Pro Am Summer League, one of only a few nationwide where basketball fans can find top college and professional hoops stars facing off against one another on the hardwood.
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Indy 500 fans will find track security tighter this year

May 24, 2013
Associated Press
Fans coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's Indy 500 will notice some changes in the traditional routine in response to last month's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
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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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