Crooked Stick, Colts officials have reason to smile

September 10, 2012
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

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.

ADVERTISEMENT
  • 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

            Post a comment to this blog

            COMMENTS POLICY
            We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
             
            You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
             
            Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
             
            No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
             
            We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
             

            Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

            Sponsored by
            ADVERTISEMENT
            1. I am also a "vet" of several Cirque shows and this one left me flat. It didn't have the amount of acrobatic stunts as the others that I have seen. I am still glad that I went to it and look forward to the next one but I put Varekai as my least favorite.

            2. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

            3. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

            4. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

            5. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

            ADVERTISEMENT