Sports Business

Colts sign milk sponsorship with Fair Oaks Farms

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Colts officials recently announced they signed a deal to make Fair Oaks Farms milk the “official milk” of the team.
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Allstate ends Brickyard 400 sponsorship

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Allstate Corp. is ending its five-year run as the lead sponsor of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race in Indianapolis, company officials said today. The announcement comes after this year’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway suffered a 20-percent attendance drop from last year’s event.
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BENNER: French Lick could become wealthy golfers' paradiseRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bill Benner
On the eve of the U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship that will be played at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club, designer Pete Dye’s first great masterpiece, I was fortunate to be invited to play his latest creation and maybe one of his greatest.
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Poll says Colts are the local fan favoriteRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A newly released 2008 poll shows the Indianapolis Colts thumping the Indiana Pacers in fan support, which isn’t a surprise given the recent fortunes of the teams. But some observers say the numbers are more a reflection of the popularity of the National Football League and the Colts’ Peyton Manning than an indictment of the Pacers.
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Indianapolis golf course contracts up for bidRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is requesting proposals to manage all but one of Indianapolis’ 13 municipal courses.
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BENNER: Mom and Lance Armstrong had cancer in commonRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Bill Benner
A few years ago, when cyclist extraordinaire Lance Armstrong was in the midst of his phenomenal seven straight Tour de France titles, those yellow Livestrong bands seemed ubiquitous. But when Armstrong left competitive cycling, gradually those rubber yellow bands faded from view. I kept wearing mine, however, to remind me of the courage of my mother, Emma.
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Carmel grapples with rec center financesRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
A new business plan is in the works for the high-end Monon Center in Carmel.
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Supermarket shuffle at Conseco FieldhouseRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Marketers and grocery store insiders say The Kroger Co.'s recently announced deal to partner with the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever isn't just another sponsorship agreement.
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Riverside course proceeds support preschoolRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of the city’s golf course operators, Bob Thompson, has donated his earnings from two facilities to a single charitable cause the past 15 years.
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IUPUI rethinks track and field stadiumRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
In its 20-year master strategy unveiled in December, IUPUI planned to tear down its track-and-field stadium along New York Street to make room for a mixed-use housing and retail development. Now IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz says those plans have been reconsidered.
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BENNER: Time for some perspective on Tony George's legacyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bill Benner
Reports of a Hulman-George family feud proved dead-on accurate when matriarch Mari Hulman-George issued a statement June 30 confirming the ouster of her son, Tony, as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the family business empire. Shortly thereafter, Tony George also resigned as CEO of the Indy Racing League.
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Greater Indianapolis YMCA has $30M in projects plannedRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
It takes a map of the entire metro area to show all the projects the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has on its drawing board. The $30 million plan calls for building two brand-new facilities, one in Avon and one in Pike Township; expanding the Fishers YMCA; and building a new outdoor pool in Lawrence.
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MainGate takes on VikingsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based merchandiser MainGate Inc. continues scoring deals with National Football League teams. On July 7, company officials announced they had signed a 10-year deal to be the exclusive retail and merchandising company for the Minnesota Vikings.
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Tony George's successor might trade tradition for revenueRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A management shake-up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has some in the motorsports industry thinking major changes could be on the horizon at the fabled race venue—maybe as soon as next year.
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Economy takes toll on golf spending, but Senior Open on course for profitsRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Organizers of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick are sinking one birdie putt after another in their efforts to meet their budget and draw strong crowds to central Indiana later this month. In this economy, sports marketers are calling ticket and sponsorship sales for the tournament remarkable.
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Corporate donors standing by $25M Super Bowl pledgesRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Cory Schouten
Most of the companies that agreed to help underwrite the 2012 Super Bowl are standing by their commitments even as the recession wreaks havoc on their businesses. Of $25 million pledged by more than 80 companies before last year's bid process, only about $1 million is at risk, said host committee head Mark Miles.
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Indianapolis 500 movie racing toward big screen

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A locally born initiative to make a movie about the first Indianapolis 500 has cleared a major obstacle to getting its project to big screens nationwide by May 2011—in time for the race's centennial.
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BENNER: July events rely on big names to draw a crowdRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Bill Benner
For all the heat and sunshine, July can be a cold, dark hole in the Indianapolis sports calendar. Other than the ever-beloved Indianapolis Indians, sometimes there's not much going on.
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National cycling event pulled from VelodromeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
An 11th-hour deal to keep this year's USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships at the Major Taylor Velodrome has fallen flat, and the event has been moved to Colorado Springs.
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Colts extend home sell-out streakRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a ticket price increase, the terrible economy, and an uncertain season ahead, the Indianapolis Colts have sold out of season tickets, assuring the team will extend its sell-out streak to 97 regular-season home games.
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IRL signs two new sponsorsRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based DB Schenker is the official freight logistics sponsor of the IRL, and South Carolina-based Kymco USA is the official scooter and off-road utility vehicle of the IRL and Firestone Indy Lights.
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IUPUI pumps up sports journalism assetsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
The Associated Press Sports Editors, the nation's largest professional sports journalism organization, is establishing its headquarters at Indiana University's new National Sports Journalism Center.
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Greatest Spectacle has highs, lowsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Bill Benner
I went away after the Indianapolis 500 once again convinced I'd experienced the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, but I didn't view the race with a critical eye like my pal Robin Miller did.
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Panel handicaps market recovery chancesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cory Schouten
A panel of five veterans of real estate and construction provided industry insights at IBJ's Power Breakfast May 1 at the Westin Indianapolis.
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Crooked Stick is primed for the Men's Senior OpenRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Bill Benner
The media and other hackers gathered at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel recently to hear about plans for the upcoming U.S. Men's Senior Open, then tested their limited skills on the golf course.
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