Sporting Events

Verizon Wireless to sponsor eight of Montoya's races

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Roger Penske wasn't worried about finding a sponsor for Juan Pablo Montoya when he signed him, believing there would be interest in the Colombian's return to open-wheel racing.
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Back to the future: Speedway to host vintage-car race event

February 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The track has scheduled yet another new event for 2014. The move is bound to draw criticism from traditionalists who think Speedway officials are diluting the venue's heritage by bringing in so many extra races.
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UPDATE: Colts get extension on TV blackout

January 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
If the Colts don't sell out their first-round playoff game by 4:35 p.m. Friday, NFL officials say they will pull the Saturday broadcast from the central Indiana television market.
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City makes list of finalists to host 2018 Super Bowl

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The city will make its case at the May 19-21 owners’ meeting in Atlanta, alongside fellow finalists New Orleans and Minneapolis.
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Pacers-Heat game most-watched ever for NBA TV

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The network said the Tuesday night telecast averaged 920,000 viewers, topping out at more than 1 million from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. EST.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Indianapolis lands 2016 Olympic diving trials

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The trials will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. The facility is in need of millions of dollars in repairs, organizers say.
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City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Fuel said they are in the process of hiring front-office and coaching staff, signing an affiliation agreement with a NHL franchise, and recruiting players to fill the roster.
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Manning brings his own economy when Broncos play

October 17, 2013
Bloomberg News
When Peyton Manning plays, ticket prices double on the secondary market and more people watch the game on television. He has as much influence with consumers as Bill Gates and actor Tom Hanks, a celebrity marketing expert says.
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Indianapolis named finalist for 2018 Super Bowl

October 8, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indy joins Minneapolis and New Orleans as the three NFL cities invited to bid on the big game. The 2012 Super Bowl had a $176 million direct economic impact on the city, a study said.
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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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Speedway's May 'Grand Prix' requires road track overhaul

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
The new 14-turn, 2.434-mile course will be run the opposite direction of the Indy 500 on a newly resurfaced track that will be wider, have longer straightaways and three new passing zones, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Tuesday.
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IndyCar to run road race at Speedway in May

September 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The unusual move will mark the open-wheel series' first race on the hallowed track's winding interior course. And it's the highest-profile break from tradition yet in the tenure of new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles.
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Local marketing firm signs deal with John Force Racing

September 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Zionsville-based Just Marketing International has been hired to find replacements for $7 million in annual sponsorship deals that are expiring following this season.
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City announces pursuit of 2018 Super Bowl

August 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis will seek to host its second Super Bowl in 2018 after a highly praised debut in 2012. "We're going after the Super Bowl on the merits of our greatness and what we accomplished" in 2012, said Colts owner Jim Irsay.
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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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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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Indiana golf course lands Senior PGA Championship

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
Officials are expected to announce Tuesday that the 2015 Senior PGA Championship will be played at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Springs Resort.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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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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'Turbo' off to slower-than-expected start at box office

July 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Bloomberg News
The Indianapolis-based IndyCar Series and open-wheel racing enthusiasts were hoping the movie would create a buzz about the sport, but interest has fallen short of expectations so far.
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City close to launch of 2018 Super Bowl bid

July 20, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton, CEO of the city’s 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and leader of the 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee, is promising to come up with another attention-grabber to deliver the bid early next May—if the city proceeds with a bid as expected.
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Boles named Speedway president, faces major challenges

July 9, 2013
Anthony Schoettle

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's new president must navigate a number of tests, most notably how to save the MotoGP race and how to bolster the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race.

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Stevens' move comes as surprise to Bulldogs

July 4, 2013
Associated Press
On Wednesday, the 36-year-old Stevens stunned the city of Indianapolis by leaving the tiny school he led to back-to-back national runner-up finishes to take the Celtics job. The news hit hardest inside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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