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Danica, Dixon nominated for ESPYs

July 2, 2008
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Indy Racing League drivers Danica Patrick and Scott Dixon have been nominated for ESPY awards to be presented July 20 on ESPN. Patrick, the Andretti Green Racing driver who is fifth in the standings...
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Indians continue attendance tear

July 2, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians’ July 4 home game against the Louisville Bats—the Cincinnati Reds farm team—is  sold out. A limited number of standing-room-only tickets will be made available at game time. Victory Field has a...
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Hill's NBA success boosts IUPUI

July 1, 2008
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Despite George Hill’s departure for the National Basketball Association, IUPUI men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter said the program is far from dead. When Hill left—despite having one year of eligibility remaining—many hoops experts predicted...
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Greenspan gets golden parachute

June 30, 2008
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Another departure at Indiana University, another golden parachute. IU released information today revealing that athletic director Rick Greenspan will get a $441,600 severance package upon his departure and retains the right to write...
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Audi, BMW, others interested in IRL

June 30, 2008
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Unification of open-wheel racing is causing quite a stir among engine manufacturers. At a June 25 meeting held by the Indy Racing League, more than 10 engine builders showed up to hear about...
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Is next IU AD obvious choice?

June 27, 2008
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Now that Rick Greenspan has announced his resignation, it’s time to start speculating on who the next Indiana University athletic director will be. As a news reporter, I try hard not to interject...
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Draft picks could draw boos, cheers

June 26, 2008
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With the NBA draft just a few hours away, the rumors are running rampant. Speculators have any number of players going to the Indiana Pacers. Some of the projected selections are sure to have fans at tonight’s draft party at...
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Likely no shoe deal for Pacers pick

June 26, 2008
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If IU’s Eric Gordon doesn’t get drafted by the L.A. Clippers at No. 7, he might find himself standing at the counter of The Finish Line buying shoes like everyone else. Well, it probably...
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Racers' beloved helmets heisted

June 25, 2008
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Indy Racing League and one of its partners are offering a bounty to help corral scofflaws who stole several priceless items that series drivers want back. Sinden Racing Service, the locally based company that manages the IRL's Indy Fan Zone, is...
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IRL TV coverage causes static

June 24, 2008
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The June 22 Indy Racing League race at Iowa earned a 1.2 overnight TV rating, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Co., meaning about 1.2 million households nationwide tuned in to watch the...
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O'Neal deal: Shot in arm or foot?

June 24, 2008
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If the Indiana Pacers pull the trigger on a deal to send Jermaine O’Neal to Toronto for guard T.J. Ford, center Rasho Nesterovic and possibly the No. 17 pick in this year’s NBA draft, several NBA insiders think they’d be...
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Charlie Daniels to play at Brickyard

June 23, 2008
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Country music legends The Charlie Daniels Band will perform July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. Sony BMG Nashville recording artist Craig Morgan will serve as opening act for...
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Indians pack the house

June 23, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians had a big weekend. The Indians won two out of three from Rochester but all three games were monetary winners for the AAA minor league baseball franchise. Mostly blue skies along...
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IRL races into flood-plagued Iowa

June 20, 2008
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Despite flooding which has ravaged the area, officials at the Iowa Speedway—30 miles east of Des Moines—expect the Indy Racing League race there to be sold out Sunday. “Track officials are expecting another strong...
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Star names McKee replacement

June 20, 2008
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It’s not easy filling the shoes of a 26-year news veteran. But Kristen Leigh Porter is going to try. Officials for the Indianapolis Star recently announced that Porter has been named to replace...
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NBC bets on ND to turn it around

June 19, 2008
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Notre Dame is renewing its television contract with NBC. The university and NBC announced today they have agreed on a five-year deal that runs through the 2015 season. The current contract—which paid Notre Dame...
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IU's Gordon appears headed west

June 19, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers’ Larry Bird won’t have to worry about fan reaction if he doesn’t select Indiana University guard Eric Gordon with the team’s No. 11 overall pick in the June 26 National Basketball Association...
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Big Ten Network war takes toll

June 18, 2008
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It appears that the Big Ten Network’s fight with Comcast Cable is about over. IBJ reported May 2 that sources close to Comcast Cable and the Big Ten Network said that an agreement to...
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Can all-star hoops game survive?

June 18, 2008
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After the Indiana vs. Kentucky All-Star basketball games at Conseco Fieldhouse June 13, drew only 5,097 spectators, some within the local hoops community are calling for changes. Sports marketers said moving the game from Saturday to Friday hurt attendance. Others suggested...
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Victory Field name not for sale

June 17, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians are one of the most stable teams in this region in one of the most stable leagues in the country. The International League will celebrate its 125th anniversary this week...
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Philly DA pursues Harrison case

June 17, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts’ marketing nightmare involving Marvin Harrison’s possible participation in a shooting incident in his hometown of Philadelphia appears far from over. Philadelphia District Attorney Lynn Abraham this week asked police to reinterview witnesses in the case, a police department source...
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IU fights battles on two fronts

June 16, 2008
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It’s difficult to say which challenge will be more daunting for Indiana University’s athletic department—the king-size sinkhole in the school’s football field or the self-inflicted wound to the image of its men’s basketball...
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Pacers launch TV ad campaign

June 13, 2008
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If you’ve been watching the National Basketball Association finals this week between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, you’ve noticed the latest television ad campaign by the Indiana Pacers airing on ABC. The eye-catching spots created by the team’s ad...
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IRL looks to race into Mexico

June 11, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials were in Mexico City early this week to look at a possible location for a race there, which could be held as early as 2009. It may have to be pushed to 2010, depending on scheduling...
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Air race circuit still eyes Indy

June 5, 2008
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The Detroit Free-Press reported that fans watching last weekend’s Red Bull Air Race World Series along the Detroit River got a “thrill-chill.” The crowd size assembled along the river banks might have thrilled Indianapolis...
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  1. Great article and post scripts by Mike L (Great addition to IBJ BTW). Bobby's stubborn as a mule, and doubt if he ever comes back to IU. But the love he would receive would be enormous. Hope he shows some time, but not counting on it.

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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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