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NBA lockout could leave city's CIB exposed

July 1, 2010
The agreement between NBA players and owners governing players' salaries expires one year from today. If a new deal doesn't get done, any money the city pays to operate Conseco Fieldhouse could have a diminished return.

IndyCar fans still waiting for Randy Bernard to work magic

June 29, 2010
After four months under the leadership of a new CEO, the IndyCar Series is still up against the wall. Series partners are demanding more results and fewer excuses.

Pacers' Paul George may be cornerstone rejected by others

June 28, 2010
It's stylish these days to critcize Pacers player personnel boss Larry Bird. But those observing closely can see that he's changing the culture within the Blue and Gold franchise. And his latest draft pick should accelerate the change.

Eric Gordon working to boost his NBA stock and strength

June 24, 2010
Former Indiana University hoops star Eric Gordon has hired away his alma mater's strength coach to help him avoid injury and improve his earning potential in the NBA.

Is new Westfield pro baseball team taking aim at Indians?

June 23, 2010
Principals of a proposed independent minor league baseball team think the club could draw fans from several counties and the new ballpark could become a destination.

Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick feud could wreck IndyCar

June 22, 2010
Tony Kanaan took another jab at Andretti Autosport teammate Danica Patrick after his victory Sunday in Iowa. Regardless of who is justified, this isn't a fight either can win.

Hayward's rising stock presents Bird with difficult dilemma

June 21, 2010
Gordon Hayward's NBA draft stock is soaring. But it will take guts for Larry Bird to draft the Butler product, even if he thinks he's the best player when the Pacers pick at No. 10.

Watching Artest win title painful for Pacers fans

June 18, 2010
Ron Artest's 20-point performance that helped the L.A. Lakers beat the Boston Celtics for the NBA title has Indiana Pacers fans asking two questions. What might have been? Is there no justice?

Colts dodged bullet with Marvin Harrison

June 17, 2010
The Indianapolis Colts could have seen their pristine image ripped apart if Marvin Harrison's troubles hit him a bit earlier in his life. Now the team must be careful how they honor one of the team's all-time great receivers in the future.

Big Ten isn't done growing

June 16, 2010
The Big Ten remains ready to expand its ranks with the right partners. The Big 12 remains ripe to implode. And Notre Dame still has a lot to ponder as this game of conference musical chairs is a long way from over.

NBA union boss says owners' loss claims are "baloney"

June 15, 2010
As the city's Capital Improvement Board negotiates a lease deal with the Indiana Pacers, NBA Players Association chief Billy Hunter claims league owners are being less than forthright about their financial status.

Big Ten athletic directors face difficult balancing act

June 14, 2010
IU's Fred Glass and Purdue's Morgan Burke face serious challenges about where to allocate the money coming in from the expansion of the Big Ten Conference and its TV network.

Falling dominoes could send Crean to MSU, Stevens to IU

June 11, 2010
If the Cleveland Cavaliers hire Tom Izzo, MSU will target IU Coach Tom Crean as a replacement, and Butler's Brad Stevens could be headed for Bloomington. And it could all unfold within 10 days.

IU chases Purdue in football ticket sales

June 10, 2010
IU is tracking "far ahead" of last year's football season ticket sales as it prepares to unleash its summer marketing campaign.But Purdue is still the gold standard.

Differences drove wedge between Knight and Wooden

June 8, 2010
While you won't hear former IU coach Bob Knight heaping praises on the late John Wooden, some surprising similarities will tie these two hoops titans together forever.

Danica Patrick's tirade at Indy may have saved her season

June 7, 2010
Danica Patrick and Ryan Briscoe revived their IndyCar careers Saturday in Texas. Meanwhile, the series' saftey crews get a failing grade after taking far too long to put out Simona de Silvestro's car fire.

Fight for Colts training camp could erupt into Civil War

June 3, 2010
Anderson has won the right to host the Indianapolis Colts pre-season training camp for now. But don't expect Terre Haute to take the loss lying down. And there may be another central Indiana city looking to join the fight.

National, local Indy 500 TV ratings take dive

June 1, 2010
Nationally and locally, fewer people watched the Indianapolis 500 on television than they did a year ago. New IndyCar Series CEO working hard to bolster the numbers.

Late-race Indy 500 crash sparks safety concerns

June 1, 2010
Certain corners of the IndyCar world have long been concerned that the open-wheelers have the potential to take flight during a wreck. The lap 199 crash sending Mike Conway airborn and debris into the Speedway stands re-ignites those worries. 

2010 Indianapolis 500 full of winners ... and losers

May 30, 2010
Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Simona De Silvestra have successful day. Danica Patrick, despite solid finish, doesn't get much exposure for her sponsors. Sarah Fisher must do better to retain her sponsors long-term.

Bernard and Belskus say IndyCar Series will be out of red next year

May 26, 2010
IndyCar Series boss Randy Bernard and Speedway CEO Jeff Belskus predict the 15-year-old open-wheel series will be financially self-sustaining by 2011, and churning out growing profits after that.

UK's Calipari shows IU what it has in Crean

May 21, 2010
IU Coach Tom Crean may not have the flash, or winning record, of Kentucky's John Calipari. But at least you can believe what he says and know that he's devoted to his school for the long haul.

IndyCar boss Randy Bernard gaining confidence in Versus

May 19, 2010
A two-day visit this week with Versus cable channel executives has convinced new IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard that the series has a good TV partner. And it's a good thing, because Bernard doesn't think the series has an opt-out clause on its 10-year deal.

IndyCar-NASCAR $20M deal has one big drawback

May 18, 2010
By moving its start time to 11 a.m., does the Indianapolis 500 play second fiddle to NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600? Is that the future of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing?

1070 The Fan clears path for JMV hire in p.m. drive slot

May 17, 2010
With Eddie White dispatched from WFNI-AM 1070's afternoon show, Emmis is poised to hire former WNDE-AM 1260 host, JMV. Now, the student and his former master are poised to face-off.

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