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Pacers post solid attendance gains in regular season

April 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Despite the negative noise this year about Pacers home attendance, the team had its second consecutive season increase. Revenue from tickets and sponsorships also rose.
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Pacers safe in Boston after bomb attack at marathon

April 15, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The team was in Boston Monday, preparing for its upcoming game against the Celtics. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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BENNER: From the NBA to the Big Ten, putting butts in seats is kingRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Bill Benner
Even watching the game from home on ESPN, a casual observer might have thought Bankers Lie Fieldhouse was a neutral court.
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Pacers general manager wrote the book on teamworkRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard believes character is forged in losing as much as in winning. He's shared that philosophy in a recent book he co-wrote called "Help the Helper: Building a Culture of Extreme Teamwork."
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BENNER: Bird’s faith in Lance Stephenson now looks well-placedRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Bill Benner
I guarantee he’s closely watching the team he assembled and has a trained eye on the 22-year-old.
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Arrival of NBA jersey ads likely to net Pacers millionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA is on the verge of allowing advertising on player jerseys, a potential source of revenue long resisted by major U.S. sports leagues. The question now is how much money the move will generate for small-market teams like the Indiana Pacers.
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Pacers voice recognized in sportscasters Hall of FameRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Twice named Indiana’s Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, Boyle also has been recognized as the top talk show host in Indianapolis by Indianapolis Monthly magazine.
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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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Pacers sign head coach Vogel to contract extension

January 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Frank Vogel is in his third season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. Entering Tuesday's home game with Miami, he has an 82-56 overall record.
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Ballard may wrest management of fieldhouse from Pacers

December 22, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis recently agreed to pay $10 million to help Pacers Sports & Entertainment run Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another year, but Mayor Greg Ballard wants to find out in the meantime whether the city can get a better deal on the venue’s management.
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CIB to consider 1-year extension with Pacers, source says

December 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Capital Improvement Board of Marion County is expected to seek a one-year extension of its current lease deal with Pacers Sports & Entertainment, according to a former board member and current Indianapolis city-county councilor.
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New NBA revenue split gives Pacers cash infusionRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement will dramatically boost the amount of money the Indiana Pacers get from the league, but it won’t be enough to put the team in the black.
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Pacers TV ratings on the riseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The team's first game was the most-watched opening night game since 2007.
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Resurgent Pacers see lift in ticket salesRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Anthony Schoetle
The Indiana Pacers continued scoring long after last season ended in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Pacers sales staff hit high-water marks during the off-season that the franchise hasn’t seen in five years. And with almost four weeks until the regular-season home opener Nov. 3, the Pacers are shooting for more.
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Case from 1970 revisited in dispute over NBA TV revenue

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
The NBA asked a Manhattan judge on Thursday to side with the league in a legal dispute that stems from a sweetheart deal enjoyed by the former owners of a defunct American Basketball Association team — and despised by current owners of four NBA franchises, including the Indiana Pacers.
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Fieldhouse getting $16 million scoreboard, sound system

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Fieldhouse_scoreboard_pacers_watchvideoThe Indiana Pacers will open the season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a new $16 million audio and video system,  the team announced Thursday afternoon.
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Pacers plan upgrades to Bankers Life Fieldhouse

August 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Improvements to the home arena of the Indiana Pacers will include a new scoreboard and a renovation of the arena's television studios, said a source with knowledge of the planned changes.
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Latest CIB budget contains no new payments to Pacers

August 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Payments on a three-year, $30 million subsidy ended this year, but discussions continue between CIB officials and Pacers officials on future leases involving Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
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BENNER: Why Michael Phelps laps other great Olympic athletesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Bill Benner
Thoughts on this, that and the other while watching the world's athletes.
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BENNER: The basketball legend leaves us, as always, wanting moreRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Bill Benner
Just as he did when his aching back cut his playing career short, just as he did when he left coaching, Larry Bird is abruptly walking away.
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Pacers make it official: Bird out, Walsh back in

June 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers made it official Wednesday morning: They are parting ways with basketball operations president Larry Bird and bringing back Donnie Walsh.
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Bird reportedly leaving as Pacers executive

June 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a recent endorsement from his bosses, Larry Bird is set to step down as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations, a newspaper is reporting.
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Playoff run pushes Pacers closer to profitabilityRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers’ playoff run and a decreased player payroll—along with $10 million from the city’s Capital Improvement Board—have brought the team closer to breaking even this year, but not out of the red, sports business experts say.
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BENNER: Will playoff-fueled Pacer passion last until November?Restricted Content

May 26, 2012
Bill Benner
Curious, isn’t it, that Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger plays the “we don’t get any national respect” card when he, in particular, and his team, in general, spent virtually all of this past National Basketball Association season not getting much in the way of local respect?
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Local market tunes in Pacers playoff in 'huge' numbers

May 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
On Sunday, the Indiana Pacers grabbed the attention of a big chunk of the local market, drawing nearly 10 times the television audience they did for their regular-season games.
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