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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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Indiana Black Expo takes control of Circle City Classic

December 11, 2009
With the move, IBE hopes to rejuvenate the annual football game and related events, which have been suffering from declining attendance.
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Baseball meetings let leaders tout Indianapolis to influential audience

December 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was up against Dallas, Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlanta and New Orleans to host baseball's Winter Meetings, which will draw more than 200 media members from the nation’s top 30 markets.
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USTA confirms local tennis event likely headed to Atlanta

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the Indianapolis Tennis Championships announced Friday afternoon that they have sold the sanctioning rights for the local tournament back to the ATP Tour.
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Tennis officials set to reveal tournament buyer

December 4, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Sources told IBJ last week that the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section was in serious negotiations to buy the event and move it to Atlanta.
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Tennis officials confirm sale of tournament

November 30, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Officials with the Indianapolis Tennis Championships confirmed that they are selling the rights to host an annual men's professional tennis event that has roots in Indianapolis dating back to 1920.
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Sources: City will lose professional tennis tournament

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships—formerly known as RCA Championships—appear to be dead, with the ATP Tour dates being shipped off to Atlanta for 2010 and beyond.
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NCAA, NBA launch iHoops to promote sport of basketball to future players, fansRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One of the legacies left behind by the late NCAA President Myles Brand is a 10-person startup company tucked in a high-rise office building in downtown Indianapolis that is just starting to make its mark on the basketball world.
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Critics: NCAA's reselling of suites out of sync with scalping ban

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Lucas Oil Stadium suite holders are upset that the NCAA is taking their luxury boxes for the men’s basketball Final Four in April and reselling them on the secondary—or scalpers—market.
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Circle City Classic must boost attendance, sponsorship revenue to surviveRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Dramatic decreases in sponsorship and ticket revenue this year and the recent resignation of the Circle City Classic’s new executive director have some questioning if the event can survive. Now Classic leaders are considering a bevy of bold changes.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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Indianapolis Colts, other small-market NFL teams at risk if salary cap ends

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The prospect of a 2010 National Football League season without a players’ salary cap could cause high-profile free agents for the Colts and other small-market teams to gallop off for greener pastures.
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Indianapolis lands 2013 men's NCAA regional

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis has been selected to host a regional round of the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament, the NCAA announced today.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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Super Bowl Committee adds vice president of event operations

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee recently hired South Bend native and Indiana University graduate Michelle Raines, who previously served in senior management roles for four Republican national conventions.
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U.S. Army extends sponsorship with Horizon League

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The league that includes Butler University recently extended its sponsorship deal with the U.S. Army through the 2009-2010 academic year.
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Sidewalk inspections help downtown get spiffed up for big eventsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Marc D. Allan
They used to say that downtown Indianapolis rolled up the sidewalks at 6 p.m. No one says that anymore. Now they say those sidewalks need to be clean. Sidewalk cleanliness is important on a day-to-day basis for aesthetic reasons, but even more so when Indianapolis wants to put on its best face for major events like the Final Four, the Indianapolis 500 and the Super Bowl.
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MZD to market volleyball sponsorshipsRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Locally based MZD Advertising has signed a contract to market sponsorships and a trade show for the Mizuno Volleyball Mid East Qualifier, to be held in 2010 in Indianapolis and St. Louis.
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Senior Open draws 146,915 to Carmel

August 3, 2009
The U.S. Senior Open Championship, which wrapped up yesterday, drew a total of 146,915 spectators to Carmel's Crooked Stick Golf Club for three days of practice and four days of tournament play.
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Economy takes toll on golf spending, but Senior Open on course for profitsRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Organizers of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick are sinking one birdie putt after another in their efforts to meet their budget and draw strong crowds to central Indiana later this month. In this economy, sports marketers are calling ticket and sponsorship sales for the tournament remarkable.
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BENNER: July events rely on big names to draw a crowdRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Bill Benner
For all the heat and sunshine, July can be a cold, dark hole in the Indianapolis sports calendar. Other than the ever-beloved Indianapolis Indians, sometimes there's not much going on.
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Marketing veteran to lead Circle City ClassicRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Circle City Classic has hired Marc Williams, an East Coast marketing consultant, as its executive director, a post vacated in March when Tony Mason left to become senior vice president for the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
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Detroit reminds us not to squander what we haveRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bill Benner
My prevailing thoughts upon returning from Detroit were how fortunate Indianapolis is when it comes to hosting these kinds of events, and how a thriving downtown is essential to (A) success of the region and (B) national perception.
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Lucas Oil Stadium hosted basketball beautifullyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Bill Benner

Congratulations to Lucas Oil Stadium Director Mike Fox, assistant Andy Arnold and the amazing crew at the stadium for transforming the venue into an intimate, 40,000-seat basketball venue for the NCAA's Midwest Regional.

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Sports veteran picked to plan Indianapolis Super BowlRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The woman chosen as CEO of the city's Super Bowl host committee isn't exactly a household name, but those who hired her think she'll make Indianapolis the best host city ever.
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