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IU professors' invention tracks eyes to detect brain injuries

January 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Two Indiana University School of Optometry professors are tackling diagnosis of one of the most difficult medical problems facing sports teams at every level: head injuries.
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NFL wild-card games deliver big weekend numbers

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
Four games averaged 34.7 million viewers for the most-watched wild-card weekend on record. The Colts-Chiefs game was one of the highest rated ever among early-Saturday wild-card contests.
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Fox Sports Indiana cashing in on Pacers' success

January 4, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers are the hottest team in the National Basketball Association, and their winning ways are paying off for the team and its broadcast partner.
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Bengals join Packers, Colts with sellout preventing blackouts

January 3, 2014
Bloomberg News
All four of the National Football League’s wild-card playoff games will be televised in their host team’s local market after corporate support helped ensure sellouts.
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UPDATE: Colts get extension on TV blackout

January 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
If the Colts don't sell out their first-round playoff game by 4:35 p.m. Friday, NFL officials say they will pull the Saturday broadcast from the central Indiana television market.
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Indy scores pro soccer team

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Real estate executive Ersal Ozdemir secured a deal to play the first couple of seasons at the track and soccer stadium at IUPUI, but said he hoped to build an 8,000- to 10,000-seat soccer stadium downtown within four years.
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City makes list of finalists to host 2018 Super Bowl

December 28, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The city will make its case at the May 19-21 owners’ meeting in Atlanta, alongside fellow finalists New Orleans and Minneapolis.
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LOPRESTI: New Year’s Eve brings real break from past at Butler

December 28, 2013
This won’t be your garden variety New Year’s Eve. The ball drops at 7:30 p.m., not midnight, and it’ll be orange. This Auld Lang Syne comes with 3-pointers.
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Indy Eleven soccer games to be locally televised this spring

December 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WNDY-TV Channel 23 will broadcast the club's inaugural campaign. One of its challenges will be to field a team of announcers who can provide authoritative play-by-play.
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IndyCar suit seeks millions from Brazilian promoter

December 21, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series has filed a lawsuit against Radio e Televisao Bandeirantes Ltda., the promoter of an IndyCar race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, seeking to recover a seven-figure sanctioning fee that was due this summer.
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Assembly Hall to carry Simon Skjodt name after major renovation

December 19, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University's Assembly Hall will be renamed Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall after the school uses a $40 million gift from IU graduate and Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt to renovate the facility, IU announced Thursday afternoon.
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NCAA concussion cases sent to Chicago by U.S. judges’ panel

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Ten lawsuits accusing the National Collegiate Athletic Association of concealing the long-term risks of concussions sustained in student sports must be litigated in Chicago, not Indianapolis, a federal judges’ panel ruled.
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Pacers-Heat game most-watched ever for NBA TV

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The network said the Tuesday night telecast averaged 920,000 viewers, topping out at more than 1 million from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. EST.
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Speedway sets agenda for $140M in improvements

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway says it is ready to start a projected $140 million in improvement projects using $100 million in state assistance.
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Group to determine if Anderson gym can be saved

December 5, 2013
Associated Press
Former Muncie Central High School basketball coach Terry Thimlar is proposing putting an NBA Development League team in the Wigwam in an effort to save the historic venue.
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Parties disagree on combining NCAA concussion lawsuits

December 5, 2013
Bloomberg News
Head-trauma lawsuits by ex-football players filed against the NCAA defy easy consolidation—unlike National Football League cases consolidated by federal judges and later settled for $765 million.
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Big Ten football championship sells out, packs downtown hotels

December 5, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The battle on Saturday between Ohio State and Michigan State, plus ESPN broadcasts and special events downtown, are expected to have a $15 million economic impact on Indy. That's a vast improvement over the 2012 championship.
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Former Colt Saturday seeks 'jock tax' refund from Cleveland

December 4, 2013
Mason King
Jeff Saturday has filed suit against the city of Cleveland, fighting a so-called "jock tax" that he contends unfairly dinged him during his playing days as an Indianapolis Colt.
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Sales of NBA floor space off to slow start

December 3, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Indiana Pacers were the first NBA team to jump on the opportunity to sell advertising on the court. So far, just two other teams have followed suit.
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Peyton Manning wears ankle brace designed by local entrepreneur

November 30, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Rick Peters, founder of Carmel-based Ultra Athlete LLC—a small manufacturing firm with a reputation for state-of-the-art ankle braces—sent his latest brace to the Denver Broncos head trainer on a whim, and saw Manning wearing it three days later.
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Butler University's Danko seeks lasting gains from hoops glory

November 30, 2013
Sam Stall
The new president is seeking to build lasting gains from the school’s 15 minutes of hoops glory.
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Westfield gearing up for big hospitality play

November 30, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Westfield’s massive Grand Park Sports Campus doesn’t open until March, but city leaders already are focused on making sure the 1 million-plus visitors they expect next year want to come back.
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Mayor pushing plan to use city funds to upgrade Natatorium

November 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Mayor Greg Ballard is proposing to pay about half of the $20 million needed to upgrade the Natatorium at IUPUI. The city's Capital Improvement Board is also considering setting aside tax revenue for operation expenses.
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Indianapolis lands 2016 Olympic diving trials

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The trials will take place at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. The facility is in need of millions of dollars in repairs, organizers say.
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City's new pro hockey team to be called Indy Fuel

November 26, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Fuel said they are in the process of hiring front-office and coaching staff, signing an affiliation agreement with a NHL franchise, and recruiting players to fill the roster.
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