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Bubba's big win lights up switchboard for Carmel event

April 10, 2012
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Ticket sales for 2012 BMW Championship surge after dramatic victory by relative unknown at The Masters. Triumph almost guarantees Bubba Watson will play at Crooked Stick in September.
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If Bird retires, is it Miller time?

April 9, 2012
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While some have argued that Reggie Miller doesn't have the resume to take over as Pacers' basketball operations boss, others think he would be the connection that draws fans back to the Fieldhouse in droves.
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Miller's Hall of Fame induction about more than 8.9 seconds

April 3, 2012
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Backing from the East Coast media is what put Reggie Miller into the Hall of Fame. But that's not why he deserves to be enshrined in Springfield.
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IndyCar emerges from disaster, but Indy awaits

April 2, 2012
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After Dan Wheldon's death last season, few predicted the IndyCar Series would steer its new chassis and engine package into 2012 smoothly. But so far, the series has opened to mostly rave reviews. The series now faces its biggest test, and opportunity, at Indy.
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Triumph brings Tiger Woods step closer to Crooked Stick

March 30, 2012
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The PGA's most popular golfer is back, and just in time as organizers for the 2012 BMW Championship launch an ad campaign and begin selling single day tickets. Success at The Masters would make Tiger a near shoe-in to play at Crooked Stick this September.
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Are Indy's sports fans fickle, frugal or something else?

March 27, 2012
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Colts season ticket renewal rates are at a 10-year low. Pacers attendance is among the worst in the NBA. Is Indianapolis really the sports town it professes to be?
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IU hoops, Colts fight for spot as state's top sports brand

March 22, 2012
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The value of sports brands fluctuates as violently as stock prices during economic upheaval. In Indiana, the IU and Butler basketball brands have risen while the Colts' has taken a hit and the Pacers fight for their place in the sun.
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Pacers' two Georges launch fan zone, TV show

March 21, 2012
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Pacers' Paul George and George Hill have partnered with Gatorade to launch the G2 Zone inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The duo also will have a TV show on the team's web site.
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Manning's long shadow about to turn dark over Colts

March 20, 2012
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If Peyton Manning succeeds in Denver it will cast a shadow over Indianapolis that Colts owner Jim Irsay will be unable to outrun or outlive.
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Hummel's appeal uniquely universal

March 19, 2012
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Purdue's heart-breaking loss Sunday had more than followers of the black and gold crying. But wipe your tears. Robbie Hummel wouldn't want it any other way.
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Volunteer outpouring for local PGA event overflowing

March 16, 2012
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PGA officials might have been surprised by how quickly 2,600 people lined up to help put on a Tour event at Crooked Stick. Locals were not.
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Colts fans need to take a deep breath and relax

March 15, 2012
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Every move—whether it’s cutting Peyton Manning or dangling defensive end Dwight Freeney as trade bait—is being treated by fans as a referendum on the new leadership duo of Colts owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson.
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Roller derby bout crashes Bankers Life Fieldhouse

March 13, 2012
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With a growing following, locally based Naptown Roller Girls brings its rough and tumble sport out of the Fairgrounds to the center stage in downtown Indianapolis.
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Big Red propels Big Ten tourney to record attendance

March 12, 2012
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Though it's not entirely for the reason many would expect, higher attendance this year likely pushed the tournament's economic impact to new heights.
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Future of IU's Assembly Hall will generate chorus of boos

March 9, 2012
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Despite many complaints about the charmless 41-year-old basketball venue, IU has no plans to replace or renovate the Hoosiers' hoops home.
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Irsay can no longer be in Manning's corner

March 7, 2012
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If they part ways, Jim Irsay, on some level, has to be rooting against Peyton Manning. If his former quarterback outshines his new signal caller in any meaningful way, it could have disastrous consequences for his franchise in this market.
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IU basketball program proving it's bigger than Bob Knight

March 5, 2012
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It’s OK to admit it. IU basketball made Bob Knight. Not the other way around. The proof is in the roar of the crowd at Assembly Hall these days. The proof comes from the program's financials during its darkest days.
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Irsay can't leave fans feeling they've been fooled again

March 2, 2012
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If Colts fans think Jim Irsay waited until after the season ticket renewal date to release Peyton Manning, his ticket waiting list, along with the goodwill he's banked, could burn up like paper in fire.
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Bill Polian joins ESPN as full-time NFL analyst

February 29, 2012
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Despite his sometimes rocky relationship with media members during his previous career, former Colts general manager now joins their ranks.
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Butler basketball hits 40-plus-year attendance high

February 28, 2012
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The Butler men's basketball ticket hasn't sold this hot since the early to mid 1960s. With university president James Danko committed to building on the program's success, attendance is likely to keep climbing.
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Life without Danica presents serious challenges for IndyCar

February 23, 2012
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She rarely won. Her tantrums became old and tired. But the media and casual race fans loved Danica Patrick. So the big question remains, will the series be better or worse off without her?
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Sarah Fisher frozen out of IndyCar Series

February 21, 2012
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The series' only woman owner, and one of its most popular people over the last decade, can't get anyone to sell her an engine to go racing. She has the money, a promising American driver, a new chassis and new shop. Yet she's still stalled.
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If it's truly a business decision, Manning must go

February 17, 2012
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On the day after Jim Irsay was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, it’s clearer than ever that the decision on what to do with Peyton Manning has nothing to do with business.
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Irsay-Manning saga dividing Colts fan base

February 16, 2012
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If the 2009 season taught us anything, it's that Colts fans have a long memory. This year may be remembered as the one in which Jim Irsay divided the horseshoe kingdom.
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IndyCar Series readies to raise curtain on new era

February 13, 2012
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While myriad challenges remain, IndyCar's future might finally be pointed in the right direction.
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  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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