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Who is minding Pacers business?

April 2, 2008
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With former Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh, 67, set to be introduced as the New York Knicks president today at 1 p.m., several questions loom large for the Pacers front office. While the Pacers...
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Surprise: IU picks Crean

April 1, 2008
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Shortly after 4 p.m. today, ESPN reported that Indiana University is preparing to sign Marquette's Tom Crean, 41, as the school's next men's basketball coach. Sources close to the IU coaching search this morning did not mentioned Crean as one of...
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IU down to final four?

April 1, 2008
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As the NCAA hoops tournament heads down the home stretch, Indiana University appears to have its own final four—for its vacant men’s basketball coaching job. But there are a few Cinderellas that could...
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IRL signs major deal with Coke

April 1, 2008
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The Indy Racing League today announced a multi-year agreement with Coca-Cola North America that will make Coca-Cola an official sponsor of the Indy Racing League through 2010. Terms of the category exclusive deal were...
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Danica a hit with kids

March 31, 2008
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While Danica Patrick earned a sixth-place finish in the Indy Racing League season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2,740 miles away in Los Angeles she was the winner of another contest.  The Andretti Green Racing...
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Unified IRL off to fast start

March 31, 2008
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The early returns are good for the Indy Racing League. Attendance and television ratings at Saturday’s season opener in Miami were up and local media and fans raved about the on-track racing. Although the...
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Pacers' O'Brien: Stay in school

March 28, 2008
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Indiana Pacers Coach Jim O’Brien said yesterday during his show on WFNI-1070 AM that he thinks players interested in entering the National Basketball Association draft should be required to wait two years after...
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IRL a step closer to title sponsor

March 27, 2008
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The Indy Racing League late yesterday finalized a deal worth $3 million annually over the next few years that will essentially make DirecTV the series’ presenting sponsor. The California-based satellite television service provider...
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Colts ask fans to design team logo

March 26, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts are inviting fans to create a logo of a horse that is “unique, versatile and fun” for the team’s Design a Horse contest. The Colts will use the winning design...
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IUPUI stuck in hoops purgatory

March 26, 2008
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IUPUI’s basketball program has an interesting problem. Its men's basketball team needs to strengthen its non-conference schedule so it can make a postseason tournament. Postseason exposure would help it gain a stronger fan-following,...
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Hoosier hysteria reborn?

March 25, 2008
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Boys high school basketball hasn’t returned to its glory days of the 1960s, but this year’s final between Brownsburg and Marion drew a sell out crowd of 18,305 Saturday. Tournament officials said lots more tickets could have been sold if...
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Does departure help Pacers?

March 24, 2008
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Maybe Donnie Walsh stayed too long with the Pacers, as he said in a news conference this afternoon announcing his departure. The 67-year-old said the team will benefit from having a single voice, that of Larry Bird, as president...
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Roller Girls gain cult following

March 24, 2008
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The Naptown Roller Girls are proving so popular, the locally-based team is looking for a bigger venue. In only its second season playing at the State Fairgrounds’ Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion, the team’s...
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Youth basketball = big business

March 20, 2008
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It seems there are many people and businesses these days fighting to get a piece of youth basketball. Talks between the NCAA and NBA started heating up last month about forming a coalition to launch co-branded youth basketball leagues and...
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Let the Madness begin

March 19, 2008
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The Madness this March is going to be a little crazier than usual. Due to advances in high-speed wireless technology, more people than ever will spend time at work paying attention to the...
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Upsets hurt Big Ten tourney revenue

March 19, 2008
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As a result of quarterfinal losses by Indiana and Purdue, attendance for last week’s men’s Big Ten basketball tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse fell below projections. After Session 3 (the one featuring IU and...
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Menards races back to IRL

March 18, 2008
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 The company that powered Tony Stewart to the 1997 Indy Racing League championship is coming back to open-wheel racing. John Menard confirmed that his Menards chain of hardware superstores will be sponsoring Tony...
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NCAA to IU: Can you hear me now?

March 17, 2008
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The NCAA warned Indiana University in 2006 about hiring coach Kelvin Sampson. And IU didn’t listen. When IU was implicated in five major NCAA rules violations earlier this year, some NCAA officials, sources...
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Calling all face painters

March 14, 2008
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Indianapolis Colts fans have a unique opportunity to have their picture displayed on one of 200 permanent banners at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is set to open in September. Colts team photographers will...
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Big Ten tourney a tough ticket

March 14, 2008
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Big Ten men’s basketball tournament tickets are selling fast, according to local organizers. Approaching noon today, there were only a few seats available for tonight’s session at Conseco Fieldhouse, which includes games involving...
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Simon denies Pacers for sale

March 13, 2008
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Rumors are running hot about the future ownership of the Indiana Pacers. The New York Post’s Peter Vecsey mentioned in passing in his column on Sunday that the Simons have posted a for-sale sign on the team. Who could blame...
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For $399, you can drive like A.J.

March 12, 2008
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Business is good for the Indy Racing Experience, which was founded in a Gasoline Alley shop in 1987. The company, which started allowing fans to ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in two-seat...
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Indy finalist for USA Basketball HQ

March 11, 2008
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Indianapolis today is one step closer to stealing USA Basketball's headquarters from Colorado Springs, where the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the U.S. has been located since 1979. IBJ...
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IU football fortunes on the rise

March 11, 2008
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Indiana University this month began a television and radio advertising onslaught for its football team that seems to come at an odd time. After all, the spotlight is shining on March Madness, when...
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Big Ten Network battle rages

March 7, 2008
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UPDATE (March 11): The Chicago Tribune and Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal are reporting today that officials for Comcast Cable and the Big Ten Network are closing in on an agreement to put the channel on an expanded basic tier. One...
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