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Player fights at Colts camp sign of team's nasty brand shift

August 3, 2012
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A hostile scrum at Colts camp Thursday that at one time involved more than a dozen players and ended with a wild helmet flinging incident is just one sign that the Dungy-Caldwell-Manning era is over. But will fans embrace the changing times and new team?
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Colts owner won't allow TV blackouts

August 2, 2012
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Colts owner Jim Irsay may have to get his credit card out to keep his team on local television, but this year especially he can't afford to have the local masses not watching his team on Sundays.
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Jimmie Johnson accused of desecrating Brickyard

August 1, 2012
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Long after NASCAR departed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a group of racing fans are still fuming over the way the Brickyard 400 champ celebrated his victory.
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Colts coach can serve and sell, but can he win?

July 31, 2012
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Colts Coach Chuck Pagano took what could have been an ugly situation at training camp Monday and turned it into a clinic on how to win over fans, one at a time if necessary.
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Decline of Brickyard 400 shows power of Indy 500

July 30, 2012
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While the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race has seen its rise and fall within a relatively short 19-year history, the Indianapolis 500 has persevered through good times and bad, through peace time and World Wars and through massive popularity swings in open-wheel racing.
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Speedway mulls installing lights for NASCAR race

July 27, 2012
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR officials remain committed to the long-term future of the Sprint Cup race at the Brickyard, predict double-digit percentage attendance gains this year.
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IU followers could learn from Penn State players

July 26, 2012
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Penn State football players have quickly grasped a fundamental truth that will help put the school on the road to recovery. It took many IU followers years to figure it out. Some still haven't got it.
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Peyton Manning has a chip on his shoulder, but why?

July 25, 2012
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Peyton Manning has taken center stage in a new and very public way since joining the Denver Broncos. If he goes public about feeling wronged by Jim Irsay, it could do serious harm to the Colts fan base in Indy.
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Paterno's fall from grace provides valuable lesson

July 24, 2012
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Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials inflicted far more damage on the university than the NCAA by not telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And by not telling it as soon as they knew it.
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How will critics rage against Super Bowl impact now?

July 20, 2012
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Hosting big events like the Super Bowl will always draw out some critics in central Indiana. But a close look at the numbers inside the recently released Super Bowl economic impact should quiet the howling.
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Stadium size, hotel space to be issue in Indy's bid to host 2018 Super Bowl

July 19, 2012
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League sources say a stadium with capacity below 75,000 will have difficulty landing a future Super Bowl. Even after expansion, Lucas Oil Stadium is 3,000 to 5,000 short.
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IndyCar executive's fast exit leaves unanswered questions

July 13, 2012
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The loss of IndyCar Series Chief Operating Officer Marc Koretzky doesn’t rate up there with Danica Patrick defecting for NASCAR, but it certainly doesn’t appear to be a positive development for the open-wheel series.
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IndyCar CEO, team owners at major crossroads

July 5, 2012
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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and the team owners who run cars in the open-wheel series still seem miles apart on the topics of aero kits and schedule expansion. Bernard hopes to make decisions on those two topics soon.
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Loss of Hibbert would be tough for Pacers fans to stomach

July 2, 2012
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Pacers' new basketball operations boss Donnie Walsh faces his first difficult decision concerning restricted free agent Roy Hibbert.
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Despite tepid fan response to draft, Pacers hope to sell 'team'

June 29, 2012
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Less than five minutes into his new job as Pacers basketball operations boss, Donnie Walsh was already trying to sell fans on paying to see five guys play as one. Next season we'll see if that sales pitch works in the star-driven NBA.
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Bird, Simon responses raise questions about Pacers ownership

June 28, 2012
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On Wednesday, Larry Bird told a group of reporters that he isn't interested in owning the Pacers. But team owner Herb Simon said he'd keep "an open mind" about the possibility.
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Despite playoff, college football title still tarnished

June 27, 2012
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If college football truly wants to take all the tarnish off its national championship crown, it’s going to have to scrap the bowl system and construct a playoff that includes all the contenders. And even a few pretenders.
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Is Bird's last act a betrayal of Herb Simon?

June 26, 2012
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If it's true that Larry Bird is leaving the Indiana Pacers, it's easier to figure out why he might be exiting than the way he's slamming the door on his bosses.
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Daniels' hire may leave Purdue shooting blanks in arms race

June 21, 2012
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Mitch Daniels' conservative nature and tendency to cut budgets may leave Purdue's athletic department fighting an uphill battle in the current NCAA financial arms race.
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IMS IndyCar road race seen as threat to Indy 500

June 19, 2012
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There is little to no chance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host an IndyCar road race this year, next year or for the foreseeable future.
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Peyton might not have built LOS, but he certainly filled it

June 18, 2012
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In the wake of a 2-14 season and the departure of Peyton Manning, the Colts have hired an outside sales firm and six summer interns to bolster season ticket sales. Meeting last year's home attendance mark will be a challenge.
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ABC's Jeff Van Gundy gives MSA nod of appreciation

June 13, 2012
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Former New York Knicks coach tells national TV audience there were no louder NBA venues than the old Chicago Stadium and Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
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IndyCar's China race, Izod title sponsorship in jeopardy

June 11, 2012
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IndyCar officials are hustling to find a replacement for its August race in Qingdao, China so it doesn't run afoul of its sponsorship agreements.
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RGIII not playing No. 2 to Luck in sponsor deals, fan appeal

June 8, 2012
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Robert Griffin III appears to be a hotter commodity with sponsors, fans and sports card traders than No. 1 pick Andrew Luck. There could be a rush to get deals done before the Summer Olympics.
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Brickyard boss likely to have sway over Bernard's future

June 7, 2012
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Though he keeps a low profile, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus will have a big say in whether Randy Bernard survives after this year as the IndyCar Series leader.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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