Crooked Stick, Colts officials have reason to smile

September 10, 2012
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It was a big sports weekend for central Indiana, with Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel hosting the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship, the third leg of the Fed Ex Cup, and the Indianapolis Colts opening up their regular season in Chicago. Both events drew huge viewer numbers—live and on television. (See video below for figures and analysis.)

Organizers of the BMW Championship wore mostly broad smiles over the weekend as near-record crowds poured in for the four-day event. The large crowds did raise some traffic issues that will have to be looked at if Crooked Stick wants to host another PGA Tour event.

While the Colts were routed by the Bears at Soldier Field, 41-21, Sunday’s TV ratings showed the team’s bandwagon is still mostly full. More central Indiana football fans tuned in to watch the Colts than they did their former favorite son, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who battled Pittsburgh Sunday night.

Playing the Bears—another team with a solid central Indiana following—certainly didn’t hurt the Colts game’s TV viewership numbers. Still, any time a team can outscore Peyton in prime-time, it’s considered a win.

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  • Exact ratings?
    Anthony, do you have exact rating and share numbers for the Colts' game and the Broncos' game in the Indianapolis market?
  • TV ratings numbers
    Overnight Nielsen TV rating for the Colts-Chicago game on Sunday was 32.3 (346,256 households tuned in). TV rating for Sunday's night's Denver-Pittsburgh game was 28.9 (309,808 households). The Broncos-Steelers game earned a 42 share. I did not obtain the share for the Colts-Bears game.
    • Indy Viewership
      How much can be attributed to the contract dispute between Channel 13 & Dish Network. The Sunday night game was on Channel 13 that could not be viewed by Dish subscribers
    • Poor Organization at Crooked Stick
      After one-day-too-many as a fan, I now know how livestock feel at the stockyards. Long lines and waits for buses and concessions - even lines leaving to get out early.
      • PGA
        You can thank Mother Nature (due to the rain and flooded parking field) and the WGA (Western Golf Association) for the transporation problems. Friday night the WGA said they would have 40+ buses to transport spectators from the lots on Saturday morning, only 5 buses showed up. ISP, CPD and HCSD worked diligently with what they had to work with - kudos to them.
      • Not bad for a 1pm game vs a prime time event. Maybe the networks will be more likely to pick up Colts games in primetime.
        • rating for Colts
          32.3 is pretty incredible when you think about it, for a Sunday afternoon. My guess is that will be the #1 tv program in Indy this week.
        • NBC and Peyton Are Big Winners
          Peyton's ratings may not have beat the Colts locally but it he brought NBC their highest-rated regular season NFL game in 14 years. http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/tv-ratings-nfl-touchdown-for-nbc-with-highest-rated-regular-season-game-in-14-years-denver-broncos-preston-manning-pittsburgh-steelers-dallas-cowboys-big-brother-u-s-open/
        • Colts sales made locally
          Luckily the local numbers are the most important to the Colts. Those are the people buying the tickets to Colts home games and buying much of the team merchandise, etc.
          • ratings
            What are Pacers ratings?
            • Pacers
              17.9 for game 4 vs. Heat

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            1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

            2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

            3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

            4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

            5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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