Sports Business

Marketing firm's founder mulls top IndyCar job, company sale

April 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Spire Capital Partners has put its 50-percent stake in Zionsville-based Just Marketing International on the market, as the company's founder, Zak Brown, reportedly mulls accepting an offer to be CEO of the IndyCar racing series.
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Extra security set for this weekend's Little 500

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
Heightened security measures and an expanded police presence will greet visitors at this weekend's annual Little 500 bicycle races in response to Monday's deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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Mini-Marathon, Speedway review security after Boston blasts

April 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis 500 and 500 Festival Mini-Marathon will evaluate security procedures for their events after explosions Monday hit the Boston Marathon. An Indiana Pacers game in Boston was called off.
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House OKs IMS bill, despite dispute over funding source

April 15, 2013
 The Statehouse File
A bill to help pay for $100 million in improvements at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway passed the House on Monday—but only on its second try, as some lawmakers expressed frustration about tapping horse racing money for the projects.
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Pacers safe in Boston after bomb attack at marathon

April 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The team was in Boston Monday, preparing for its upcoming game against the Celtics. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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BENNER: Musings from the road to (and from) The Final FourRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Rutgers coach Mike Rice scored almost as much attention as the champion quartet of teams.
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Indiana law change allows younger children as referees

April 10, 2013
Associated Press
A southern Indiana boy has successfully spurred a change in state law that will allow sports leagues to hire youngsters like him as referees.
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Plan would shift money from horse racing to auto racing

April 9, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The move—debated Monday in the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee—is meant to subsidize upgrades at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make low-interest loans available to other auto tracks and businesses across the state.
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BENNER: NCAA regional brought coaching royalty to IndianapolisRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Bill Benner
Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo and Mike Krzyzewski would be the making of a pretty good three-fourths of a coaching Mount Rushmore.
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Ice to take over operations at Pan Am skating facility

April 5, 2013
Mason King
The Indiana Ice have come to an agreement with owner Kite Realty Group to use the Pan Am Plaza skating facility as a training center and venue for games after renovations this summer. It also will be open to the public for other ice-related activities.
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Ice likely to play more games at revamped Pan Am facilities

April 5, 2013
Scott Olson
Building owner Kite Realty Group Trust has agreed to renovate the aging facility's ice rinks to enable the hockey team to play more games there next season.
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Skating academy to close ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Indiana World Skating Academy, a fixture in downtown Indianapolis since 1987, plans to suspend operations of its two indoor ice rinks at Pan Am Plaza this month and begin looking for a new location, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday.
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Miles hits throttle on overhaul for IndyCar, IMSRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is revving up an ambitious plan to overhaul the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway management team. He wants to develop a revenue-sharing plan that assures the series and the tracks that host its races are motivated to roll in the same direction.
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Golf business heats up thanks to 2012 drought

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Positives can be hard to find in a record-breaking drought. However, for most of the roughly 430 golf courses in Indiana, last summer’s scorcher was actually good for business.
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BENNER: Of many shining moments, one could have shone brightestRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Benner
Some years stand out as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.
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Olympic snub is sharp blow for Lucas Oil StadiumRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
USA Swimming’s decision to torpedo a bid to host the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium casts doubts on the venue’s chances for future big-time, non-traditional events.
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Butler coach Stevens not leaving for UCLA, sources say

March 29, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Brad Stevens visited with UCLA officials this week, sources said, to discuss the school's vacant coaching job. But several sources, including ESPN and CBS Sports, reported Friday afternoon that Stevens was staying at Butler.
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Q&A: 'Mad Dog' enjoying greener pastures with Indianapolis Colts

March 28, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jimmy Matis wasn't sure what he would do when he lost his job after 24 years at Q95, but in this life, he says, "you just have to understand that you constantly have to learn."
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College coaches find way back to hoops after NCAA bans

March 27, 2013
Associated Press
Of the 44 former men's basketball coaches given so-called "show-cause" orders since 2000—such as IU's Kelvin Sampson—at least 25 found other basketball jobs, usually after the orders expired.
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Indy Motor Speedway to charge for infield parking spots

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
Passes for parking inside the third turn for the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 NASCAR race went on sale Monday. Front-row parking spaces cost $75 while additional general parking spaces will sell for $25.
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Demand for hotels, tickets spike as NCAA regional looms

March 25, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown hoteliers are expecting a sellout this weekend, and ticket brokers are reporting a spike in ticket prices even though Indiana University is playing elsewhere.
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BENNER: Criticism heaped on NCAA takes toll on rank-and-fileRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Bill Benner
The list of lightning-rod issues is long and, unfortunately, growing.
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Company taps sports market with bacteria-stalking chemicalRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Anderson-based Coeus Technology has invented a chemical that kills dangerous bacteria, including potentially deadly staph, by forming a germ-killing barrier that lasts two weeks to six months.
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