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Team owner pitches lawmakers on soccer stadium

February 14, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir fielded questions from legislators Thursday about the $87 million, state-financed outdoor stadium he has proposed. The meeting started with a warm reception for Ozdemir, and lacked any testimony against the plan.
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Verizon Wireless to sponsor eight of Montoya's races

February 10, 2014
Associated Press
Roger Penske wasn't worried about finding a sponsor for Juan Pablo Montoya when he signed him, believing there would be interest in the Colombian's return to open-wheel racing.
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Pacers on track to post best attendance in 13 yearsRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA season isn’t supposed to start in earnest until after the Super Bowl. But the Indiana Pacers this season didn’t wait until an NFL champion was crowned to go red hot—on and off the court.
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Back to the future: Speedway to host vintage-car race event

February 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The track has scheduled yet another new event for 2014. The move is bound to draw criticism from traditionalists who think Speedway officials are diluting the venue's heritage by bringing in so many extra races.
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Critics push IndyCar chief to shift focus to driver developmentRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s no disputing that Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has added horsepower to the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first year on the job. But there are grumblings Miles has not focused enough on the products that literally drive the series—the drivers themselves.
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New shooting range draws crowd in Hamilton County; another in the works

February 1, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The northern-suburb county should have two shooting ranges operating by the end of this year; owners of both business say Hamilton County is a ripe market.
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At Perfect North, there's no business like snow business

February 1, 2014
Lou Harry

“The first year, we had about 700 visitors,” said Chip Perfect. “That’s a typical Saturday for us now.”

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Notre Dame plans $400M stadium, campus expansion

January 29, 2014
Associated Press
The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.
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Indiana House gatekeeper open to soccer stadium

January 29, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown said lawmakers will consider a plan by the IndyEleven soccer team to finance an $87 million stadium. The proposal is likely to be attached to an existing Senate bill.
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Hawthorns Golf Club in Fishers files for bankruptcy

January 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The move comes after a lender filed a $4.8 million foreclosure lawsuit on the club and asked a Hamilton County court to appoint a receiver.
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Soccer team seeks state help for $87M downtown stadium

January 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Eleven owner Ersal Ozdemir hopes state lawmakers will help him finance construction of a multi-use soccer stadium with 18,500 seats in downtown Indianapolis.
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Indy Fuel gets commitments from 500 season-ticket buyers

January 22, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indy Fuel said Wednesday that the response has been better than expected considering the hockey team’s formation was just announced in late November.
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Notre Dame switching from Adidas to Under Armour

January 21, 2014
Associated Press
Notre Dame is ending its 17-year relationship with Adidas and switching to Under Armour Inc. with a 10-year deal it calls the biggest of its kind in the history of college athletics.
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Harsh weather at New York's Super Bowl could hurt Indy's 2018 bid chancesRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The game Feb. 2 and the week-long run-up to it will be fresh in the minds of the 32 NFL owners when they gather for their annual meeting in Atlanta in May to hear 2018 Super Bowl bid presentations from Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
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Deal may extricate Pacers from costly TV-rights deal from ABA days

January 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA has quietly brokered a deal with the former owners of the American Basketball Association’s St. Louis franchise that sources say eventually could save the Indiana Pacers millions of dollars a year.
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Notre Dame mulling new apparel deal

January 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
As its current deal with Adidas expires, the university is poised to sign an apparel deal with Under Armour valued at $8 million to $10 million annually.
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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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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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