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Big Ten tourney interest rising?

February 14, 2008
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Thirty six hours ago, it looked like the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse March 13-16 would be an attendance blockbuster. Indianapolis has had difficulty matching the tournament’s crowds at Chicago’s United Center, but this figured to be the year...
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Burton's prime time smack down

February 14, 2008
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Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., was front and center yesterday at the hearings on steroids in baseball. Burton appeared to side with pitcher Roger Clemens, while repeatedly attacking Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee. McNamee has said he injected Clemens on numerous occasions...
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IU phone flap packs financial sting

February 13, 2008
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With the revelation that the NCAA discovered more possible wrongdoings by Indiana University basketball coach Kelvin Sampson than the school reported in October, the embattled coach and his boss, athletic director Rick Greenspan, could become marketing liabilities for the school...
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Danica races into SI swimsuit issue

February 12, 2008
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You can’t say Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick doesn’t make a splash. Patrick can be found gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, which hits...
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Smart strategy or spinning wheels?

February 12, 2008
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While the lights for an Indy Racing League-Champ Car merger appear to be turning green, smoke is apparently pouring from Champ Car’s balance sheet. Two well placed sources confirmed Champ Car will likely file bankruptcy, possibly as early as today. Champ...
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Batter up: Indians score big profit

February 11, 2008
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While it’s still frigid outside, it will be heating up inside the corporate offices at Victory Field today, where the Indianapolis Indians will conduct the franchise’s annual shareholders meeting at 3 p.m. It’s difficult to say how the team will...
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Open-wheel unity talks rolling again

February 8, 2008
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Sources close to the Indy Racing League and Champ Car say both sides have agreed on terms for a merger that will take place this year. Indy Racing League boss Tony George is set to help any Champ Car teams that...
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Pan Am Plaza building exodus

February 8, 2008
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IBJ reported Jan. 21 that USA Diving, USA Gymnastics, USA Track & Field and U.S. Synchronized Swimming were considering relocating to the Disciples of Christ building on East Washington Street. None of the officials for those sports-sanctioning bodies would confirm...
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Will taxpayers support Super Bowl?

February 7, 2008
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Arizona residents’ willingness to pay higher taxes may have a strong impact on Indianapolis’ effort to land the 2012 Super Bowl. Funding from Arizona’s corporate community paid for 80 percent of the host city’s Super Bowl bill this year. But...
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Sparks fly over unification talks

February 6, 2008
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Two recent revelations left open-wheel racing fans and sponsors wondering if the unification of the Indy Racing League and Champ Car is finally at hand. What is less clear is if unification of North America’s two largest open-wheel racing circuits...
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Knight moves make waves

February 5, 2008
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Bob Knight leaves a tsunami-like wake wherever he goes. Even in retirement, the waves from his larger-than-life persona are being felt from Lubbock to Bloomington and beyond. The business impact of Knight’s retirement looms large locally. There are numerous central...
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Major League Winners

February 5, 2008
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Author and former IUPUI dean Mark Rosentraub is writing another book. This one, titled “Major League Winners,” focuses on the five U.S. cities he thinks have most successfully used sports as an economic...
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Manning vs. Manning

February 4, 2008
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The day after the New York Giants’ improbable Super Bowl XLII triumph, sports marketers are already lining up to talk with the game’s MVP, Eli Manning. And there’s speculation that Manning’s sudden success will have a profound effect on older...
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Deal's dead for race track

February 1, 2008
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The deal to sell O’Reilly Raceway Park in Clermont is dead, and racing insiders said the opportunity to raise the local facility’s profile even higher might have died with it. Some within the racing community felt the suitor, a Santa...
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Big Ten Network battle boils

January 31, 2008
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The good news for Indiana and Purdue basketball fans is that there are a slew of games scheduled to be aired on a channel Indiana cable television operators actually carry. The bad news is the Big Ten Network and Comcast Cable...
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IU, Purdue enter arms race

January 30, 2008
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Two donors recently came forward to support the $82 million renovation of Purdue University’s Mackey Arena. Tom Spurgeon, a 1961 alumnus and current Purdue trustee, has contributed $3 million toward the project. The gymnasium in the student-athlete academic center will be...
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Pacers fan fallout

January 29, 2008
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There’s been a lot of feedback regarding the article about the Indiana Pacers’ attendance problem that appeared in this week’s IBJ. A growing number of readers say they won’t be going to Pacers games anytime soon—even if the team starts...
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Super Bowl study

January 29, 2008
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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has made quite a production of putting together an executive team to study whether bidding to be the host of the 2012 Super Bowl is a worthwhile endeavor. Some in the sports business sector are not quite...
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Game on

January 28, 2008
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Anyone in sports can appreciate the excitement of opening day. At IBJ, we’ve spent weeks planning a sports business blog, and we’re excited to announce that today is our opening day. The Score will be a place for sports business fans...
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Fox black flags Danica ad

January 28, 2008
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 Motorsports insiders have been skeptical  about  Danica Patrick’s self-promotion plan ever  since she raced onto the open-wheel scene  more  than five years ago.  From her spread in men’s magazine FHM to her  bad-girl persona, Patrick never has been afraid to shake...
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Super Bowl bid strengthens

January 28, 2008
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The winds of optimism are blowing toward Indianapolis when it comes to hosting the 2012 Super Bowl. New Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard this week plans to announce that Central Indiana Corporate Partnership CEO Mark Miles will lead an effort to study...
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About

January 15, 2008
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Welcome to The Score, Indianapolis Business Journal's sports business blog. Your host is Anthony Schoettle, IBJ's sports business reporter. Schoettle grew up in Indianapolis, graduating from Southport High School and Indiana University. He then departed on a tour of middle...
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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