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Indians likely to eclipse all-time attendance record Saturday

August 27, 2014
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Less than a decade ago, it appeared that the sinking economy would put a big dent in the Indianapolis Indians. Now, the minor league team is reaching new heights and aiming even higher.
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Colts make first-of-its-kind commitment to fund high school coaches' training

August 26, 2014
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Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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Radio vet launches Indy's third local afternoon sports show

August 21, 2014
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Former Emmis program director who helped launch 1070 The Fan is hosting a show weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on WXNT-AM 1430. He faces stiff competition from JMV and Query and Schultz.
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Finding Jim Nabors' replacement no easy task for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

August 20, 2014
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While some followers of the Indy 500 want a Hoosier such as John Mellencamp or Sandi Patty to sing "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the big race, IMS officials won't limit the search to those with Indiana roots.
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Indy Eleven leads NASL in attendance, could add capacity next year

August 13, 2014
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Indy Eleven officials want to raise revenue but have no interest in raising ticket prices. With the team selling out home games, Eleven chief Peter Wilt will have to get creative, and eventually make another run at a new stadium.
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Tag Heuer plans major IndyCar-centric marketing campaign

August 7, 2014
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As part of its sponsorship deal with the IndyCar Series, Tag Heuer will get naming rights to the Pit Stop Challenge held in conjunction with the Indianapolis 500, will have signage and displays at the IMS and will market an Indy 500 special edition watch.
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George injury will cost Pacers plenty of money

August 6, 2014
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If rising star Paul George is lost for the entire 2014-2015 season, his absence will likely trigger an eight-figure loss for the Indiana Pacers.
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Notre Dame boosting college football ticket market, IU dragging it down

July 30, 2014
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When it comes to getting into college football games, not many places are more expensive than Notre Dame. IU meanwhile depresses ticket prices on the secondary market more than any school in the Big Ten except one.
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LeBron's latest decision sends Indy plant into action

July 28, 2014
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An Instagram message from LeBron James Sunday afternoon set off a torrent of activity at Adidas’ printing plant on Indianapolis' east side, the likes of which hadn't been seen in five years.
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IndyCar TV ratings up, still long way to go

July 25, 2014
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Sunday's second race in Toronto was the most-watched IndyCar race on NBC Sports Network in nearly three years.
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Brickyard 400 attendance remains flat

July 23, 2014
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are not holding out much hope the NASCAR Sprint Cup race they host will ever return to its glory days when it drew more than 250,000 fans annually.
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Pacers have some explaining to do to their fans

July 17, 2014
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More than a few Indiana Pacers fans complained the team isn't doing enough to make good on Larry Bird's promise to improve this off-season. Pacers marketers find themselves in a sticky situation.
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Two major factors drove Stephenson to Charlotte

July 16, 2014
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Lance Stephenson's agent says his client's spurning the Pacers' contract offer in favor of a shorter-term deal in Charlotte is not all about the money. Then what is it about?
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IndyCar team selling off assets at auction

July 10, 2014
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Panther Racing, once one of the best little teams in the IndyCar Series, is now being sold off in pieces. A number of high-profile items are expected to draw a crowd.
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Local sports magazine in financial peril

July 9, 2014
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VYPE High School Sports Magazine is facing fourth down. But the owners of the seven-year-old publication are considering all options to keep it alive.
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Volleyball event's projected impact raises questions

July 2, 2014
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When Visit Indy announced this week that Indianapolis had landed the 2016 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships and that it would carry a $59 million economic impact, a few eyebrows were raised.
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Clock ticking on Natatorium repair plan as Olympic trials loom

July 2, 2014
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In November, Mayor Greg Ballard hoped to have City-County Council approval in January on a financing plan to help fix the IUPUI Natatorium. Now some councilors wonder if the mayor is changing directions on the issue.
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Indians won't consider name change; attendance soars

June 25, 2014
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With a shot at record attendance and increased profit this year, the Indianapolis Indians have no intention of changing a thing despite the brouhaha over teams with Native American names and logos.
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NASCAR cuts staff as Brickyard 400 nears

June 24, 2014
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New chief operating officer spins stock car series 180 degrees. NASCAR, one of the few sports entities to add employees during the recession, is now paring down.
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WNDE yanks sports show during morning drive time

June 18, 2014
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WNDE-AM 1260 on Monday yanked Fox Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North in favor of a general interest show, but station officials said they remain committed to sports-talk during other times.
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Pacers get unexpected marketing bounce from bikeshare program

June 13, 2014
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The Indiana Pacers are the first team in the NBA to be involved in a bike-sharing program. Given the positive press the team is getting from it, the Pacers may not be the last.
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Indiana golf courses seeing revenue increases

June 10, 2014
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While golf-related revenue for courses nationwide was down 2 percent in April compared to the same period a year ago, Indiana courses were up almost 8 percent. And that's not the end of the good news.
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Thinly traded Indians stock delisted by NASDAQ

June 4, 2014
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The Indianapolis Indians were recently delisted from the NASDAQ Pink Sheets, but team officials say it should have little to no impact on the AAA baseball team or its business operations.
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Fans will expect changes if Pacers flame out to Heat

May 28, 2014
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Many Pacers fans have become tired of the team's inconsistent play over the last half of this season. The team risks losing part of that fan base if it doesn't make some big changes this off-season.
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Indy 500 TV ratings tick up, but Miles still has miles to go

May 27, 2014
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The TV ratings for the 2014 Indy 500 may be a small validation for some of the changes made at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. But there's still lots more improvement needed.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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