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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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'09 title sponsor hopes evaporate

November 19, 2008
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Efforts to land an Indy Racing League title sponsor have turned to 2010. Just two months ago, IRL officials said a deal appeared imminent. In October, the economy stifled negotiations. Now, almost all...
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Indy's loss is Arizona's gain

November 18, 2008
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USA Basketball today announced it will move its headquarters from Colorado Springs to Glendale, Ariz. Indianapolis and Louisville were the other front runners. Indianapolis officials announced earlier this year they were out of...
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Kravitz eats words, treks to Kokomo

November 17, 2008
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Indianapolis Star sports columnist Bob Kravitz is making good on his promise to walk to Kokomo if Indiana Pacers guard Jamal Tinsley was still on the roster come the opening of the NBA...
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Techies back Ball State football

November 14, 2008
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A group of Ball State University technology students has a plan to make some serious noise for the school’s nationally ranked and undefeated football team. The BSU students developed an electronic “chirp” for their...
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Sports marketers eye Oden's return

November 12, 2008
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Tonight is a big night for Greg Oden. It marks his return after an ankle injury during the season opener. But Portland Trailblazers owners, coaches and fans won’t be the only ones with...
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IMS moves might spur development

November 10, 2008
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It’s been a big year for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League. The IRL has seen some growth in this season of unification, with more viewers overall for the IRL and...
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BSU QB catches Colts' Polian's eye

November 7, 2008
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Does Bill Polian’s attendance at Ball State’s home football game Wednesday night mean the Indianapolis Colts are quarterback shopping? League sources and draft experts said the notion shouldn’t be discounted, although Colts Coach...
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McCain loss a hit to motorsports

November 6, 2008
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John McCain’s loss to Barack Obama in Tuesday’s presidential election is a loss not only for staunch Republicans and conservatives, it's also a loss for motorsports. I know, there are more pressing presidential issues,...
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Super Bowl ads selling fast

November 5, 2008
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NBC has sold almost 90 percent of its advertising inventory for Super Bowl XLIII, which leaves only about 7 of 67 in-game spots remaining, according to network officials. That leaves an astoundingly low number...
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Pacers launch mouthy promo

November 5, 2008
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I’ve said it before, but you have to give the Indiana Pacers sales and marketing department props for creativity. Today, the Pacers launched their “Teeth for Tickets” promotion, in honor of forward Danny...
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Colts lack QB insurance

November 4, 2008
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Watching the Dallas Cowboys struggle recently under the leadership of back up quarterback Brad Johnson and the Pittsburgh Steelers flourish behind second-stringer Byron Leftwich during the second half of their game last night has...
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Engine makers await IRL specs

November 4, 2008
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While most Hoosiers are headed for the polls this election day, Indy Racing League teams and officials are headed to Las Vegas for their post-season banquet at The Palms Casino Resort tomorrow. Word coming from series officials as they get ready to...
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