Professional Athletes

WNBA marketing campaign targets LGBT community

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
With the campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The gay community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that the league is talking about it publicly and making it a deliberate part of its marketing strategy.
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NEWSMAKERS: Andrew Luck

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
After starting every game as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts during an 11-5 rookie season in 2012, Andrew Luck was a hot commercial commodity heading into 2013.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Pro hockey returning to coliseum in 2014

November 25, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana State Fair Commission announced Monday that it signed a deal with Indiana Hockey Club LLC, an ECHL expansion franchise that will become an anchor tenant for the fairgrounds’ newly renovated coliseum.
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Proposed GM plan reserves space for soccer stadiumRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
One of the players vying to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant has set aside room in his plans for a roughly 10,000-seat stadium where his own North American Soccer League franchise could play.
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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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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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Colts QB Luck, Riley Hospital reach multiyear promotional deal

October 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck on Tuesday will announce his first local sponsorship deal, a four-year pact with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
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New company focuses on making football helmets that reduce concussionsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Simpson, famous for pioneering multiple advances in auto-racing safety, has turned his attention to a new sport. His new company, SGH Helmets, is making a football helmet that Simpson hopes will help prevent concussions.
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New Colts quarterback a 'marketer's dream'Restricted Content

May 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Sports marketers call the genuineness and awe-shucks personality of new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew luck a marketer's dream. The line is forming to forge both for-profit and not-for-profit partnerships with the No. 1 NFL draft pick.
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Reggie Miller elected into basketball hall of fame

April 2, 2012
Former Indiana Pacers great Reggie Miller has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., the hall announced Monday.
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Manning's move boosts Broncos' ticket price, Super Bowl odds

March 20, 2012
Associated Press
Former Indianapolis Colt Peyton Manning’s arrival in Denver is already driving up Broncos ticket prices and improving their odds of winning the Super Bowl.
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Will Manning remain an Indianapolis icon? It's his call

March 8, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin, J.K. Wall
While Manning will likely always be remembered as an Indianapolis Colt, his time as informal city representative is over, according to sports marketing experts. And it will be up to Manning whether he resumes the association after his retirement.
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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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Injury stalls Manning's lucrative marketing careerRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Since Peyton Manning underwent neck surgery in early September, gone are almost all the television, print, billboard and myriad other commercials featuring the Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
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Retired Colt launches effort to expand his youth foundation

October 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Former all-pro offensive lineman Tarik Glenn has taken over the presidency of D.R.E.A.M. Alive to become more active in day-to-day operations.
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City would take hit if NBA labor strife cancels seasonRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis might find out soon what life would be like without the Indiana Pacers and it won’t be good, say downtown business owners, government officials, marketing experts and sports economists.
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NFL's new 'salary floor' could challenge ColtsRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Bigger player payrolls under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement are expected to make life difficult for small-market teams like the Indianapolis Colts.
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Pro athletes' charities often have limited life spansRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Wealth and fame often lead professional athletes to share their success in the charitable arena, but those efforts rarely last much longer than their careers as the organizations struggle to survive in an already-crowded philanthropic field.
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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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Colts owner wants negotiations, not litigation

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
Jim Irsay said Monday he's "optimistic" the league will not lose the 2011 season or next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of the lockout, though he is "disappointed" that players have resorted to making their case through the legal system.
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BENNER: Enabled by us, the rich squabble over billionsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Bill Benner
How can Indianapolis, and cities throughout America, continue to feed the beast that is sports?
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NFL, union agree to 24-hour deadline extension

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL and the players' union decided Thursday to keep the current collective bargaining agreement in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue.
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Language Training Center expands relationship with LPGA

February 23, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based Language Training Center is now translating the letters of the professional golf association’s commissioner into multiple languages and providing live interpretation at association meetings.
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Irsay: Colts put franchise tag on Manning

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Manning, the only four-time MVP in league history, has been given the exclusive franchise tag, a move that could cost the Colts $23 million next season. Team owner Jim Irsay announced the decision Tuesday night on Twitter.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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