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Pacers sell $6 tickets

May 30, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers today began offering season tickets for about $6 per game. That’s one of the lowest ticket prices in the National Basketball Association. The cost is cheaper if you figure in preseason games, which are included in the...
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Indy Star loses another sports vet

May 30, 2008
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The Indianapolis Star is about to lose its third sports department veteran since April. Star Sports Editor Jim Lefko announced this week that assistant sports editor Pat McKee will depart the state’s largest daily...
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Big Ten shoots for corporate deals

May 29, 2008
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The Big Ten Conference recently hired Dallas-based Learfield Sports to bring in more revenue from sponsorships, hospitality and other corporate initiatives. Big Ten and Learfield Sports officials announced they have signed a pact where Learfield will develop an exclusive corporate partner...
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IRL has new problem, new race

May 29, 2008
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The Indy Racing League has a new problem. Too many cars. Twenty-seven car-driver combos are expected to show up for this weekend’s Milwaukee Mile. The problem is, the short oval only has room for 26...
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Pacers cool on IU's Gordon

May 28, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers won’t likely have a shot at Indiana’s Eric Gordon in next month’s National Basketball Association draft. Most hoops prognosticators project Gordon to go seventh or eighth in the June 26...
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There's something about Sarah

May 27, 2008
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People are still fascinated with open-wheel racer Sarah Fisher despite the problems she’s had during the month of May in Indianapolis. Actually, sports marketers think people might be fascinated with her because of the...
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Bottle of milk cool at Indy

May 27, 2008
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College football has the Heisman Trophy, hockey has the Stanley Cup and The Master’s has the green jacket. But none are as cool as the bottle of milk awarded to the winner of...
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Pats fan shown Hoosier hospitality

May 25, 2008
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New Hampshire teen-ager Anna Grant, treated like a villain in the RCA Dome four months ago, is being treated like a queen today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Grant, 14, made news when she...
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Rain doesn't stall Carb Day party

May 23, 2008
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Rain today didn’t dampen attendance at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway. Cars lined up for more than two hours along 16th Street to get in to the famed Brickyard for Carb Day. And crowds did not...
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IRL, Honda sign deal through 2013

May 23, 2008
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Honda and the Indy Racing League officials announced today they have reached a deal to make the Japanese auto maker the engine supplier to the open-wheel racing series through 2013. Honda officials said they still hope IRL officials will bring in...
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Indy 500 teams still lack sponsors

May 23, 2008
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For all the touting of higher television ratings, attendance and series Web site visits, there’s one glaring shortcoming that shows the Indy Racing League still has challenges. Fourteen of the 33 cars that qualified...
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IRL signs 5-year Long Beach deal

May 22, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials today confirmed they have finalized a contract to hold a race in a new, important market next year. The IRL signed a five-year deal with The Grand Prix Association of...
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Anatomy of a Super vote

May 22, 2008
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If you’re wondering how the voting action went behind closed doors for the 2012 Super Bowl site Tuesday in Atlanta, this is what several team owners and executives told IBJ. Indianapolis, followed by Phoenix, then Houston made separate 15-minute pitches. Only four...
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Labor storm could hurt Super Bowl

May 21, 2008
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There’s a dark cloud hovering over Indianapolis’ selection by National Football League owners to host the 2012 Super Bowl. The roar that raced from Atlanta where the decision was made Tuesday to Indianapolis almost...
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Former foe backs Indy's Super bid

May 20, 2008
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Super Bowl site selections can create odd alliances among the 32 wealthy fellows casting the votes. The man who last year single-handedly dismantled Indianapolis’ bid to host the 2011 game came this year to the Circle City’s defense. With Indianapolis embroiled...
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Anti-Indy sentiment persists

May 20, 2008
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There are still plenty of people in NFL circles who think Indianapolis is no place for a Super Bowl. And yes, some of those are among the 32 team owners and other team executives. Indianapolis remains a favorite today to...
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Super Bowl lobbying effort goes OT

May 19, 2008
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Indianapolis won round 1 of the battle to host the 2012 Super Bowl. After a Super Bowl committee meeting this afternoon, it was determined that Indianapolis will present first, followed by Phoenix, then Houston. Indianapolis will give its 15-minute presentation...
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Little things key to Indy 500 win

May 19, 2008
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They say a picture says a thousand words. This one taken today of the 33 Indy Racing League drivers that qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in New York certainly does. Granted, the drivers were...
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Phoenix, Houston take aim at Indy

May 19, 2008
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As of noon, the IBJ reporting team (that’s me) has officially touched down in the Buckhead district of Atlanta where the 32 National Football League owners will decide which of three bidding cities will host the 2012 Super Bowl. While...
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Indy 500 drivers storming N.Y.

May 16, 2008
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The 33 qualifiers for this year’s Indianapolis 500 will race into New York Monday for all-day media blitz that Indy Racing League officials hope will gain international attention. It looks like IRL officials have...
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Crean eyes assistant sans IU ties

May 16, 2008
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It’s difficult to say what’s taking Indiana University’s new basketball coach Tom Crean so long to hire his third assistant. IU sports department spokesman J.D. Campbell said May 2 the hire would be made...
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Colts' Bud deal creates party zones

May 15, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced an expanded relationship with Budweiser and Bud Light. A featured element of the agreement between the Colts and Anheuser-Busch is the Bud Light Blue Zone, an open-air fan gathering...
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Rain costing Speedway millions

May 15, 2008
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As the rain falls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the financial losses mount for the famed Brickyard. So far this month, spectators have seen more activity from the IMS track drying crew than by actual racers. Yesterday, 15 Speedway safety vehicles...
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WEDJ to sponsor super Mario

May 15, 2008
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Locally based WEDJ-FM 107.1, also known as Radio Latina, yesterday announced its sponsorship of Mario Dominguez, the driver of the Pacific Coast Motor Sports entry into the this year’s Indianapolis 500. Dominguez, 32, a...
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Speedway signs energy drink deal

May 14, 2008
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After months of rumblings from sports marketers, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finally announced its category sponsorship deal with Frank’s Energy Drink. Last October, IBJ first reported the deal that was revealed at the Speedway...
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