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Indy lands huge volleyball event with $59M impact

June 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis is expecting 15,000 athletes and 30,000 spectators for the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
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Golf-soccer hybrid tees off at five Indiana courses

June 28, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Burned by the economic meltdown and the scorching summer of 2012, five Indiana golf courses are rolling out a new game this year in hopes of bringing a little more green to their greens.
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City quietly scales back World Sports Park

June 28, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis is reining in costs and dialing back ambition at the new east-side World Sports Park. The park, which will be home to one of the few premier cricket fields in the United States, is coming in about $1 million under its $6 million budget because it will have fewer features than planned.
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SportsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Through 37 scheduled home games this year, 303,771 fans have come through the turnstiles.
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NFL agrees to remove $675 million cap on head injuries

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.
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Ex-Colt testifies to Senate panel about brain damage

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht told a Senate hearing Wednesday that he fears where his history of brain injuries will leave him in the future.
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Big Ten presidents back four-year scholarships

June 25, 2014
Associated Press
The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years.
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College recruiting: Next promise could be paycheck

June 22, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Just what the future of big-time college athletics may look like if the NCAA loses a landmark antitrust suit is beginning to come into focus as attorneys representing former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others press their case in court.
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Westfield scores $20M indoor soccer facility, restaurant

June 21, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Real estate developer Holladay Properties plans to build a $20 million indoor soccer facility at Westfield's Grand Park, providing a year-round venue at the sprawling sports campus—and a home for south-side institution Jonathan Byrd's first restaurant in Hamilton County.
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Late Pacers slump didn't slow season-ticket renewalsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The season-ticket renewal rate for next season is around 93 percent, and season-ticket sales are 15 percent ahead of last season, said Todd Taylor, the team’s chief marketing and sales officer.
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Angie's List Grand Prix sponsorship targets service providers

June 21, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
It was no surprise that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approached the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service about sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before the inaugural event in May. But the first response from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle was no.
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Trademark board rules against Redskins name

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
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Former Alabama standout testifies in NCAA antitrust case

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
Tyrone Prothro took the witness stand Wednesday as one of the plaintiffs in a landmark antitrust suit against the Indianapolis-based NCAA, detailing the highs and lows of his life as a football player.
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Ownership change backed for Anderson's Wigwam gym

June 11, 2014
Associated Press
The Anderson School Board is backing a plan that would give a private group control of the closed Wigwam gymnasium if it can come up with the money to reopen it.
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Expert testifies NCAA scholarship caps hurt competition

June 10, 2014
Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association stifles competition among schools for players by capping scholarships, a Stanford University professor said Tuesday at a trial in which athletes are seeking a cut of the billions of dollars generated by college sports.
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NCAA ex-athlete backs unpaid Little Leaguers in TV money trial

June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The outcome will determine whether the NCAA, which treats student-athletes as amateurs, has to stop barring them from negotiating their own deals in games that are broadcast.
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NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

June 9, 2014
Associated Press
The agreement was announced hours before the NCAA went to federal court in California to defend itself against a class-action lawsuit from former players over use of their images in broadcasts and video games.
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High-stakes NCAA amateurism trial gets under way

June 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
The case, brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, could determine whether the NCAA has to negotiate with players seeking to be paid for appearing in televised games without forfeiting scholarships.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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Lender to bankrupt country club puts on suitor’s cap

June 7, 2014
Greg Andrews
The lender for the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club is an affiliate of California-based Concert Golf Partners, which hopes to convert its debt into ownership of the Fishers club.
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Indy lands Big Ten championships through 2022

June 5, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Football will stay at Lucas Oil Stadium, and basketball will alternate with Chicago. The move allays suspicion that the conference intended to shift championship play to East Coast venues.
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Merger forms $382M, Indy-based motorcycle parts company

June 5, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis-based holding company LDI Ltd. has tripled its motorsports employee count and broadened its national reach with a deal for privately held Motorsport Aftermarket Group.
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Angie's List to affix name to Grand Prix as sponsor

June 3, 2014
Mason King
The consumer-review service has cut a deal to become the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis through 2016, and plans to help pack the stands with 5,000 of its own spectators.
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EA Sports to settle with NCAA athletes for $40 million

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
The settlement is with Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., which licenses and markets college sports, and does not include the NCAA. A separate case against the Indianapolis-based NCAA is scheduled for trial early next year.
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Indianapolis cancels cricket championship

May 30, 2014
"Deteriorating" communications with the sponsoring organization forced the decision, the city of Indianapolis announced Friday afternoon.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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