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Franchitti earns $2.8 million for Indy 500 win

May 31, 2010
Associated Press
Franchitti's earnings were part of an overall purse of $13,592,815. The paychecks were announced at the annual victory dinner Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Formula One set for U.S. comeback

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Formula One, which hasn't conducted a U.S. race since 2007 in Indianapolis, plans to return to the United States in 2012 with an event at a new track in Austin, Texas.
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CIB agrees to help Black Expo, but not with grant

May 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board votes not to restore IBE's annual $150,000 grant, but agrees to provide the organization with in-kind services equaling the amount.
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State job fair part of Speedway's May festivities

April 26, 2010
Scott Olson
The central Indiana WorkOne Center is teaming with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to present Career Day @ the Brickyard, an event that mixes job searching with racing.
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NCAA to expand March Madness from 65 to 68 teams

April 22, 2010
The three-team expansion is much more modest than 80-team and 96-team proposals the NCAA outlined just a few weeks ago at the Final Four.
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Butler's Hayward declares himself eligible for NBA draft

April 14, 2010
Butler University star sophomore Gordon Hayward does not plan to hire an agent, which means he could return to school if he does not like his draft status.
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CIB takes Black Expo grant request under consideration

April 13, 2010
Local not-for-profit wants annual $150,000 grant from the Capital Improvement Board restored to better market the Circle City Classic.
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HETRICK: Much more than economic impact from a Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
This year's events delivered a return on investment far more powerful than the estimated economic impact.
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Obama, Manning, Letterman help Butler celebrate

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
From the White House to Main Street, the Bulldogs opened eyes and turned heads.
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NCAA title game earns best TV rating since 2005

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
More than 48 million viewers watched at least some of Monday night's game, the most since 50 million tuned in for Arizona-Kentucky in 1997.
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Butler loses title game, but wins massive publicity

April 6, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler received so many visits to its main Web site, school officials had to beef up the computer system. School President Bobby Fong is commissioning a study to gauge the value of the publicity earned through the Bulldogs' run to the Final Four.
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Butler's near-miss run captivates thousands of fans

April 6, 2010
Associated Press
It was the third runner-up finish for the city in the past six months. The Indiana Fever lost in the WNBA finals, the Indianapolis Colts lost the Super Bowl and now Butler.
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Butler victory would mean big payday for school

April 5, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler BookstoreButler is winning the war of merchandise sales, leading the other three schools in the Final Four. A victory tonight, sports marketers said, would increase those sales fivefold.
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Tickets still remain for Butler-Duke game

April 5, 2010
National ticket search engine says about 4,500 remained Monday morning for the NCAA championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Butler coach Stevens expected to get lucrative offers

April 3, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Butler University basketball coach Brad Stevens has an annual base pay of $350,000 with another $37,851 in benefits and deferred compensation. Not bad for a 33-year-old. But it's no comparison to what big-time men's college basketball coaches make.
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NCAA, city still hammering out long-term deal

April 2, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA and city put together a deal to cover insurance and liability issues for this year's Final Four, but are still finalizing an agreement that assures the event comes back regularly through 2039.
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VIDEO: The mysteries of predicting Final Four's impact

April 2, 2010
Mason King
EcoImpact Watch
                           VideoA debate rages over how Butler's spot in the Final Four will blunt the event's economic impact. But predicting the Final Four's true impact is fraught with unknowns.
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Expansion of NCAA tournament now seen as likely

March 31, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Money proving to be a powerful motivator in earning Big Ten's support of NCAA tournament expansion plan.
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Shortage of big programs slows secondary Final Four ticket sales

March 31, 2010
Scott Olson
Ticket brokers say a flood of tickets became available on the secondary market following losses by the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats.
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Final Four corporate hospitality spending on the rise

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoettle
Corporate hospitality at sports events has been stagnant in recent years, but organizers expect a big bounce for this year's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.
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Final Four helps Indianapolis warm up for 2012 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 27, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The goal of any host city of a major sporting event is simple: Rake in as much cash as possible during the days the event is in town and maximize future economic potential by boosting the city’s image among everyone who watches on television. Execution is more difficult.
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Butler benefiting big from basketball run

March 26, 2010
Scott Olson
Besides an immediate bump in apparel sales, the university is expecting a jump in student applications, alumni contributions and season-ticket sales, as well.
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Record visitor spending expected for Final Four

March 23, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Tickets were snapped up fast for this year's Final Four, almost assuring a record economic impact for Indianapolis. But two more wins for Purdue or Butler could bring down projected visitor spending.
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Insurer lending $7M for east-side Super Bowl project

March 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The aim is to spur redevelopment on the city's blighted near-east side before the 2012 Super Bowl is played in Indianapolis.
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City, NCAA forge 30-year event pact

March 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It started as a meeting seven years ago between the NCAA, city and state officials, representatives of the Indiana Sports Corp. and a few others. The result was an agreement assuring Indianapolis hosts a major NCAA event every year between now and 2039.
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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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