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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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Ticket pricing gets change-up

December 10, 2008
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There’s a new reality in professional sports. Slowly, but surely the people who run sports operations in central Indiana are waking up as the sun rises on a new day. Here’s some news that should help all of us understand...
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BSU brand flying high

December 9, 2008
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Ball State University, thanks to its football team, is flying high. The school has received more television exposure in the last 60 days than it has gotten in the last decade as its football team rattled...
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IRL star makes "inappropriate" ad

December 8, 2008
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick last week finished filming a pair of Go Daddy TV commercials in Los Angeles that will air during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1. The Arizona-based domain...
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Saturday's game is scary sign

December 8, 2008
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It’s difficult to say if Saturday’s weak turnout for the first basketball games at Lucas Oil Stadium is an indication of how bad the economy or Indiana’s basketball team is. Probably...
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Glass, Swarbrick in same boat

December 5, 2008
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Fred Glass, IU's soon-to-be athletic director, and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick have something in common. And I’m not talking about their roots as law partners at Baker & Daniels. Neither one of them has...
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Danica tops Tiger, Manning

December 4, 2008
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick topped golfer Tiger Woods, quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Eli Manning and his brother Peyton as the most searched for athlete in 2008, according to America Online’s...
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Ethanol debate still burning hot

December 3, 2008
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Debate over the Indy Racing League’s decision to partner with a Brazilian ethanol provider is still burning white hot. The one thing the IRL might have overlooked is that the in-fighting in the...
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Gun-toting athletes grab headlines

December 2, 2008
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I am torn today. I know a story about gun-toting athletes will get readers’ attention. And with New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ recent problems, it’s timely. Yesterday I was only slightly surprised...
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UT asks for Manning blessing

December 1, 2008
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Few doubt that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning will be a first-rate coach—if he chooses to pursue that line of work after his playing days are over. He’s already taken on the role...
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NASCAR sponsors lead IRL

December 1, 2008
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The newly released Joyce Julius sponsorship value numbers for NASCAR are pretty sobering. They dwarf those of the Indy Racing League. Lowe’s, the primary sponsor for this year’s NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, garnered television exposure valued at $200 million....
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Local firm brokers huge F1 deal

November 26, 2008
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When I first met Zak Brown in 2001, it was to interview him for a story about his mostly unheard of company, Just Marketing. At the time, I was writing a “Small Business...
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NCAA sends IU final message

November 26, 2008
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The system works, proclaimed Indiana University coach Tom Crean yesterday after the NCAA handed down its ruling for transgressions in the Hoosiers’ basketball program last year. It certainly does. But most people have little...
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Pacers attendance better, not great

November 25, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers are in the bottom five in the National Basketball Association in attendance, but it’s still a solid leap up from last year. And it’s early, so there’s lots of time...
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Melvin Bullitt: Colts' MVP?

November 24, 2008
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I won’t debate who the Indianapolis Colts’ most valuable player is this season. There are perhaps more qualified people for that speculative sport. But I will tell you who the Colts’ best value...
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Tony Stewart stops horse slaughter

November 21, 2008
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Say what you want about Tony Stewart, he's OK in my book. His foundation does lots of good work for causes benefiting children and animals. So if he sometimes gets a little caustic after races,...
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IU, PU commemorate Bucket game

November 21, 2008
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Purdue and Indiana universities are celebrating one of college football’s oldest prizes—together. As the Boilermakers and Hoosiers gear up for their showdown tomorrow at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium—the 83rd battle for the Old Oaken Bucket—the...
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Colts players tied up over rules

November 20, 2008
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At an Indianapolis Colts team meeting held yesterday, coach Tony Dungy asked how many players didn’t know an NFL game could end in a tie. About 15 players raised their hands, according to...
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Target wins IRL exposure race

November 20, 2008
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Target, the primary sponsor of 2008 Indy Racing League champion Scott Dixon and his teammate Dan Wheldon, secured $16 million of exposure value during race broadcasts this past season, more than twice the...
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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