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IMS replica racing to Whitestown?

January 12, 2009
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A group planning to make a movie about the very first Indianapolis 500, is eyeballing more than 200 acres in Whitestown to build a replica Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Justin Escue, a locally based movie...
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Davis' departure could cost millions

January 9, 2009
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Five weeks ago, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis’ stock was rising faster than Mel Kiper Jr.’s hairdo. Two games (both ugly losses), and heaven knows how many QB fumbles later (actually, it was...
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Gordon enlists local track designer

January 8, 2009
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Locally based race track designer Paxton Waters’ engine is burning white hot despite the freezing temperatures outside. While the race season is dormant, Waters’ business is pedal to the metal. “It doesn’t matter...
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Fisher demos race simulators

January 7, 2009
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Indy Racing League team owner and driver Sarah Fisher this week signed an endorsement deal with SimCraft Racing Simulators. Fisher will appear at the company’s booth Jan. 8-11 at the 2009 International Consumer...
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Local firm becoming NFL power

January 7, 2009
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Even as the economy tanks, locally based MainGate Inc. continues to ink major merchandising deals. This week, MainGate signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. This comes on the heels of a...
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Glass hits ground running at IU

January 6, 2009
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Fred Glass, who officially took over as Indiana’s athletic director Jan. 2, hasn’t taken long to become ensconced in academia. Even before Glass filled the office vacated by Rick Greenspan, he sat down...
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Hoosiers have reason to celebrate

January 5, 2009
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Yes, there is some joy in Hoosierland today. And no it’s not because Pittsburgh is No. 1 in the college basketball poll. Well, actually that is the reason—kind of. In a season that finds...
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Fan support determines future

January 5, 2009
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While Indianapolis Colts coaches—and fans—are asking themselves if there are some soft spots in the roster, the team’s sales and marketing executives are pondering a different question: Is the fan base soft? They’re about...
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Manning owes local fans exclusivity

December 31, 2008
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There’s a simple reason why Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is spilling his guts to Sports Illustrated and ESPN this week about his knee injury and rehabilitation process earlier this year, and not...
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NFL Pro Bowl may come to Indy

December 30, 2008
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Indianapolis appears to be in the running to host the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. Today, league officials confirmed they are moving the 2010 Pro Bowl to Miami, the Super Bowl host city that...
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Colts MVP?

December 29, 2008
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While all eyes are focused on quarterback Peyton Manning, I like to look a little further down the Indianapolis Colts’ pay scale for hidden gems. These are the players guys like Colts President...
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Pacers TV ratings heat up

December 24, 2008
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While things are far from perfect in the land of Blue and Gold, the Indiana Pacers front office should be filled with a little more holiday cheer than they were a year ago...
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IU starts sports journalism center

December 23, 2008
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Former Indianapolis Star editor Tim Franklin, 48, yesterday announced he is leaving his post as editor of the Baltimore Sun to head the new IU sports journalism center. Franklin was hired as the...
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Dakich goes shoeless for charity

December 23, 2008
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Former IU basketball coach Dan Dakich is doing his daily sports-talk radio show barefoot through January 17 to draw awareness to Samaritan's Feet (www.samaritansfeet.org), an organization dedicated to providing shoes to kids...
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Allstate 400 renewals 'way off'

December 22, 2008
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Troubles this year for the Indy Racing League—and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—that led to layoffs last Friday, started with a NASCAR event. “We started seeing a downturn in revenue with the Allstate 400,” said...
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IRL, IMS making staff cuts

December 19, 2008
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If you’re an open-wheel racing fan, should you be concerned that Detroit cancelled its 2009 Indy Racing League race, reducing the IRL schedule to 17 races? You bet. Sure, Detroit—with all the tumult surrounding...
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IMS, Foyt ink sponsor deals

December 18, 2008
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Four companies signed deals to be presenting sponsors for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Centennial Gala: Just Marketing International, Old National Bank, the Indiana Pacers and Honda. Financial terms of the deal were not...
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Mirror mirror on the wall ...

December 18, 2008
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News flash … This just in … Good-looking NFL quarterbacks make more money—a lot more money—than less attractive ones. Seriously. A group of Utah economists using high-tech computers to measure the symmetry of...
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Pizza pumps up Pacers attendance

December 17, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers are climbing the NBA attendance ladder—at a surprisingly brisk rate. With deals like the one the team unveiled this week, it’s no wonder. The team is now offering $3 tickets....
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San Diego State sets bar for IU

December 16, 2008
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I’m sure soon-to-be new Indiana University athletics director Fred Glass took notice of what San Diego State paid to lure football coach Brady Hoke away from Ball State. The cost of luring a...
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Indians score hefty profits

December 15, 2008
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In good times and bad, the Indianapolis Indians continue to be a hit with local sports fans. The Indians scored a $1.23 million profit this year on $8.7 million in revenue, according to...
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Dallara comes to aid of IRL

December 12, 2008
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In an effort to reduce costs for Indy Racing League teams during the 2009 season, Dallara will lower the price of parts for its IRL chassis. The manufacturer plans to reduce the cost of general...
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O'Reilly Raceway Park upgrading

December 12, 2008
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O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis officials recently announced a plan for the next phase of the ongoing facility improvement project that has been underway for much of the last decade at the historic...
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Outreach pays off for Sarah Fisher

December 11, 2008
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Indy Racing League team owner and driver Sarah Fisher will step away from her office at her race shop to guest co-host the Smiley Morning Radio Show on WZPL-FM 99.5 along with Dave...
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IRL inks global broadcast deal

December 10, 2008
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The Indy Racing League today announced an extension of its long-time association with ESPN International for worldwide (excluding the United States and Brazil) distribution of IRL broadcast rights until 2010, with a further...
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