Sports Business

Mayor's European mission focusing on motorsports industry

November 16, 2009
A delegation of business and community leaders led by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard departed for Europe Nov. 14 on a nine-day economic development mission to help grow the city’s motorsports industry.
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Indiana Pacers offer special ticket deal for members of military

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
All active military, reserve and retired military members with military identification can purchase balcony tickets for $5, club-level tickets for $10, or lower-level seats for $15, starting two hours before tip-off.
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Sarah Fisher extends sponsorship deal with AAA

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Izod IndyCar Series driver Sarah Fisher recently renewed her contract with AAA Hoosier Insurance. AAA will continue to be a personal sponsor of Fisher and will remain an associate sponsor on Fisher’s No. 67 car for the 2010 and 2011 Indianapolis 500s.
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BENNER: Baby Boilers and their coach are all grown upRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Bill Benner
It seems like just yesterday that Matt Painter was playing for Purdue University basketball. Now he’s the Boilers’ coach, and he has emerged from the long shadow of his mentor and predecessor, Gene Keady.
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Speedway cuts 40 employees in latest cost-saving move

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A source at Indianapolis Motor Speedway said IMS laid off 40 employees Wednesday, mostly from its human resources department, in a cost-saving move.
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CIB finances improving, though concerns remain

November 9, 2009
Scott Olson
Approaching the end of 2009, Indianapolis' cash-strapped Capital Improvement Board is on much more solid financial footing.
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Critics: NCAA's reselling of suites out of sync with scalping ban

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Lucas Oil Stadium suite holders are upset that the NCAA is taking their luxury boxes for the men’s basketball Final Four in April and reselling them on the secondary—or scalpers—market.
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BENNER: Tough year for IU basketball to make a comebackRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Bill Benner
Yes, the IU Hoosiers are better this season. How could they not be?
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Horizon League wins acclaim for its Web-based sports networkRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone never envisioned himself getting into the television business. But that changed in 2004 when he saw a Butler University women’s basketball game being aired on a laptop computer.
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Citizens Energy donates land to baseball not-for profit

November 5, 2009
Citizens has donated 28 acres of land from its former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility site on the southeast side of Indianapolis to Play Ball Indiana for the development of a youth sports complex.
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BENNER: Former volunteer Stevens now coaches a contenderRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Bill Benner
Count Butler University basketball on the short list of teams that could make it to the Final Four.
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NCAA approves $35M addition to Indianapolis headquarters

October 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The NCAA executive committee on Thursday approved a $35 million addition to the governing body's headquarters in White River State Park in Indianapolis.
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BENNER: Pacers revival has to happen on the hardwoodRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bill Benner
"This is not a year to make excuses," says Pacers President Larry Bird.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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Cash-strapped Hoosier Park racing to restructure $400M in debt

October 17, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Despite rampant speculation, Anderson’s Hoosier Park is not facing imminent bankruptcy, according to its owner, locally based Centaur Inc.
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Indiana Members Credit Union signs Pacers sponsorship pact

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The agreement includes player appearances, a Pacers debit card, courtside signage, radio spots, hospitality and use of the Conseco Fieldhouse practice court for community relations initiatives.
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Sales of luxury suites slow at most Indianapolis sports venues

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Ten years ago, the Indiana Pacers sold out their 69 Conseco Fieldhouse suites and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway barely touched a phone to sell its 120 luxury boxes. But entertaining at luxury suites is out of vogue now, thanks to the recession and companies keeping a closer eye on spending.
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WNDY to broadcast 13 Butler games

October 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Local TV station WNDY Channel 23 announced Friday that it will broadcast 13 Butler University men's basketball games this season, starting with the Bulldogs' Nov. 21 game at the University of Evansville.
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My Health Care Manager lands $3 million investmentRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The company, which guides working adults and their parents through the maze of decisions and agencies involved in care for seniors, plans to use the money primarily to augment its sales staff and operations.
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Lucas Oil out to build on Jiffy Lube dealRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
One year after emblazoning its name on the Indianapolis Colts’ mammoth new home, Lucas Oil Products Inc. has leveraged that sponsorship into a pact with Jiffy Lube that company founder Forrest Lucas thinks will score huge profits for his company.
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Fever exec 'confident' about team's future

October 7, 2009
Scott Olson
As the Indiana Fever try to win their first WNBA championship, an executive with the team's parent organization is optimistic the women’s basketball squad will remain in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis Colts, other small-market NFL teams at risk if salary cap ends

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The prospect of a 2010 National Football League season without a players’ salary cap could cause high-profile free agents for the Colts and other small-market teams to gallop off for greener pastures.
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Georges put north-side estate up for sale

September 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Tony George and his wife, Laura, have put up for sale their 12-acre, wooded estate at 8030 Spring Mill Road on the north side of Indianapolis.
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BENNER: NCAA needs another 'pathological optimist'Restricted Content

September 26, 2009
Bill Benner
As a tribute to its late president, the NCAA has posted on its Web site dozens of blogs, podcasts, speeches and editorials created by Myles Brand during his culture-altering tenure at the helm of intercollegiate athletics.
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Influential team owner thinks hot rod group should move HQ from California to BrownsburgRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A meeting between high-level National Hot Rod Association executives—including NHRA President Tom Compton—and Gov. Mitch Daniels and members of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has fueled speculation that the drag racing group might be looking to significantly expand its presence here.
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