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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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Lucas Oil might host 2016 Olympic Swimming TrialsRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
A local group led by the Indiana Sports Corp. is bidding to bring the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials to Indianapolis for the fifth time. But the event wouldn’t be in the 4,200-seat IUPUI Natatorium. Instead, officials want to host the 2016 trials in 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Churchill Downs targets Indy market with Derby trips

December 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
In May, Churchill Downs will roll out its Derby Experiences travel package in the Indianapolis and Chicago markets—using luxury buses to shuttle horse racing fans to and from May's Kentucky Derby for the first time.
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Rewind: IBJ.com's 10 most popular videos of 2012

December 19, 2012
Mason King
Top 10 videos of 2012 watch
                           video iconZipping from the Super Bowl Village to a federal fraud trial, IBJ counts down its most-watched online videos in a year of triumph and retribution.
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Crossroads Classic pleases fans, but long-term future uncertain

December 18, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The two-year trial of the Crossroads Classic doubleheader basketball event has drawn capacity crowds to Indianapolis. But there are still scheduling concerns to be worked out if the fledgling event is to become a long-term college basketball tradition.
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Big Ten football title game crowd disappoints organizers

December 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Organizers of the Big Ten football championship played in Indianapolis say they’ll consider making changes for next year’s game in an attempt to boost attendance.
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Demand soft for Big Ten football title game tickets

November 29, 2012
Scott Olson
Organizers of the Big Ten Conference football championship game are facing third-and-long in their quest to fill Lucas Oil Stadium for Saturday night's matchup. A glut of tickets remains available on the secondary market.
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George cites conflict of interest in resigning from Hulman board

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
IndyCar founder Tony George resigned Friday from the Hulman & Co. board of directors, citing a conflict of interest in his recent attempt to reacquire the series.
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Lawyer: Girls hoops schedule decree sets precedent

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
A federal consent decree in which 10 southeastern Indiana high schools agree to schedule girls and boys basketball games equally on Friday and Saturday nights sets a legal precedent for the entire state, one of the attorneys in the case said Tuesday.
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NCAA's moves over betting 'ludicrous,' N.J. official says

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
The NCAA is "ludicrous and hypocritical" for moving five championship games out of New Jersey next year because the state plans to offer legalized sports betting, a spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said.
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Rain threatens weekend activities, including big NHRA race

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials say they hope the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac won't force them to postpone weekend festivities at Lucas Oil Raceway. Another big weekend event, Rib Fest America at Military Park, will be held rain or shine, promoters say.
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Playoffs?! CIB predicts Colts won't host postseason game

August 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
The city entity that owns Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts play their home games, budgeted $1 million less in admission-tax revenue for 2013 for one reason: The board does not expect the Colts to host any playoff games.
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Anderson using Colts training camp in year-round tourism effort

August 2, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
With a new Indianapolis Colts coach and quarterback on the field, Anderson officials expect to see an increase in training camp attendance this season that will help boost tourism in Madison County all year.
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Brickyard 400 profitable despite falling crowds, experts say

July 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Despite sharp attendance declines in recent years at the Brickyard 400, the NASCAR event remains hugely profitable for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, motorsports industry experts say.
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Mudathlon makes a splash as obstacle course races growRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Ellen Kobe
A 3-year-old Westfield has taken advantage of the adventure-race trend by staging Mudathlons--obstacle courses conducted in the mud. More than 12,000 people were expected to participate in Mudathlon's four races this summer, up from about 2,000 at the company’s first two races in 2010.
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City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

July 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are emboldened by the financial results of the city's first time hosting the NFL championship game in February, which produced a direct economic impact of $176 million, according to a study commissioned by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.
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City, state planning another Super Bowl bid, sources say

July 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Officials for the city and the state are expected to announce plans to bid on another Super Bowl for Indianapolis, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.
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Firm pitching Super Bowl rentals in Indy ordered to pay up

July 12, 2012
Associated Press
An Indianapolis judge has ordered a Phoenix-based home rental company to pay nearly $218,000 for not providing promised services before the Super Bowl last February.
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Indians on hot pace thanks to winning record, dry weather

July 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Indians officials think total attendance this season could reach 600,000, a number that’s proven difficult for the team to reach in recent years.
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IndyCar seeks presenting sponsor, bigger schedule

July 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials have approached two of its existing sponsors, Verizon Wireless and Firestone, about becoming the open-wheel race series’ presenting sponsor, a deal motorsports business experts said could be worth $3 million annually.
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College football finally closes in on a playoff

June 21, 2012
Associated Press
The BCS commissioners have backed a plan for a four-team playoff with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the participants. The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
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IndyCar cancels China race, scrambles for replacement

June 13, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Series now needs another race to fulfill sponsor agreements. Sources say a replacement race at Pocono Raceway or Elkhart Lake, Wis., is possible.
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Reports of owner discord circulate around IndyCar CEO Bernard

May 31, 2012
Associated Press
A Speed.com report claims IndyCar founder Tony George and a handful of team owners are behind a charge to have Randy Bernard fired. Also listed were team owners John Barnes, Kevin Kalkhoven, Michael Andretti and his father, Mario.
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Local businessmen chronicling high school sports titles

May 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Ray Compton, Mike Jansen and Bob Lovell are using their love of sports to produce and sell DVDs capturing high school sports seasons.
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Franchitti earns nearly $2.5 million for Indy 500 win

May 29, 2012
Associated Press
Dario Franchitti landed $2,474,280 from an overall purse of $13,285,815 for Sunday's victory. The four-time series champion from Scotland became just the 10th driver to win IndyCar's signature event at least three times.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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