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IndyCar's TV ratings gaining momentumRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
TV ratings for the IndyCar Series zoomed 44 percent this year for the races leading up to the Indianapolis 500, compared to the same period a year ago, buoyed in part by a strong showing for the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But overall viewership remains anemic—less than one-fourth the audience for most NASCAR races.
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After Super Bowl setback, Indianapolis races to lure other events

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A stinging defeat for Indy’s quest to land the 2018 Super Bowl leaves a giant opening in the city’s convention schedule and brings new urgency to recruiting future sports events.
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Indy 500 revels in tradition, embraces changes

May 23, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The hallowed race is straddling a fine line as it tries to please longtime devotees and makes a raft of upgrades to the track and viewing experience designed to secure new fans.
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Ownership switch eyed for Anderson's Wigwam gym

May 22, 2014
Associated Press
Officials are working on the details of transferring ownership of Anderson's iconic Wigwam gymnasium to the city as part of the effort to save it.
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WNBA marketing campaign targets LGBT community

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
With the campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The gay community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that the league is talking about it publicly and making it a deliberate part of its marketing strategy.
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Irsay open to another Super Bowl bid, but 2019 looks unlikely

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
It’s unclear what’s next for Indianapolis, which hosted its first Super Bowl in 2012. Organizers said it’s simply too early to consider going for another Super Bowl. It seems bidding next year for the 2019 game is off the table.
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Indianapolis loses Super Bowl bid to Minneapolis and its new stadium

May 20, 2014
Bloomberg News, Anthony Schoettle
Despite having what several NFL executives said was the strongest proposal, Indianapolis lost out on hosting the 2018 championship game to a city with a new, $975 million stadium in the wings.
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Indy Super Bowl bid calls for new football research center, HQ

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Part of the legacy project included in Indianapolis' 2018 Super Bowl bid includes building a research and training center and headquarters for USA Football, local bid committee members revealed Tuesday morning.
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NFL owners to consider expansion of playoffs

May 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
In addition to deciding which city will host the 2018 Super Bowl, National Football League owners on Tuesday will try to determine whether to add two more teams to the playoffs.
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Indy an underdog in final push to capture 2018 Super Bowl

May 20, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
New Orleans has emerged as the front runner to host the Super Bowl in 2018 due to its tricentennial celebration and the fact that this could be 87-year-old Saints owner Tom Benson's last crack at hosting the big game.
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Irsay to pump Indy's Bowl bid, refuses to discuss March arrest

May 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
When ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio offered Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay the chance to apologize to the Colts team and fans, he refused to bite.
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Bowl bid focuses on football safety, with Saturday at center of pitch

May 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis is betting that an ambitious project to study safety issues at all levels of football, plus expanding and snazzing up the Super Bowl Village, will help win the 2018 Super Bowl. And Jeff Saturday will help deliver the message.
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Wealth gap shows in latest NCAA academic numbers

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
Thirty-six teams will be banned from the 2014-15 postseason because of sub-par scores on the newest Academic Progress Rate, which was released Wednesday. Not one of them comes from a power conference.
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Cricket-association turmoil imperils local eventRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Turmoil within the USA Cricket Association could jeopardize the organization’s national championship set for Indianapolis’ new World Sports Park in August, though local officials remain confident the event will happen.
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Not-for-profit focused on exercise adopts novel funding modelRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Tom Hanley couldn’t get large charitable foundations to support a wellness program he developed for central Indiana youth, he switched gears and adopted a fee-for-service model underwritten largely by sponsorships.
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USA Track & Field clears big hurdle with NBC dealRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
USA Track & Field is on the cusp of signing a multiyear deal with NBC, fulfilling its longtime wish of pulling all its programming onto one network while strengthening its finances.
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Witnesses oppose labor ruling on college athletes

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
Baylor University President Ken Starr voiced strong opposition Thursday to a regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are technically school employees and thus entitled to collective bargaining rights.
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Bid says 2 new hotels possible before 2018 Super Bowl

May 7, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The city on Wednesday turned in a 900-page bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl that mentions the possibility of two new downtown hotels. Meanwhile, a Colts official said owner Jim Irsay plans to help lobby for the city's bid at the May 19-21 NFL owners meeting.
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Dunn to retire as Indiana Fever coach

May 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
One month before her Hall of Fame induction, Indiana Fever Coach Lin Dunn on Tuesday announced she would retire from coaching following the upcoming season. Former Fever player Stephanie White, one of Dunn's assistants, will become head coach in 2015.
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City's bid team revving up for Super Bowl pitch

May 3, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis officials plan to use a downtown light show and $30 million in pre-raised corporate cash to wow the NFL’s team owners into granting the Circle City the title of Super Bowl host for the second time in six years.
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Yes, the NCAA is a powerhouse, but it’s vulnerable

May 3, 2014
Greg Andrews
If the NCAA were a public company, investors would be fretting about the risks—most notably the thicket of litigation that could upend the definition of amateurism and pave the way for athletes to get paid.
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Los Angeles Clippers owner banned for life by the NBA

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation.
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Seahawks’ Wilson overtakes Manning in NFL product sales

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has been passed as the top National Football League player when it comes to merchandise sales. Two Colts rank among the top 50.
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Former Pacers coach Jack Ramsay dies at 89

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Jack Ramsay, who won an NBA title with Portland and coached the Indiana Pacers from 1986 to 1988, died Monday in Naples, Fla., after battling cancer for more than 15 years, ESPN reported
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NCAA seeks to delay, split trial over use of player images

April 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
The lawsuit is part of a movement by current and former college athletes to secure compensation, and greater medical benefits, control over their images and labor protections in a system that considers them amateurs.
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