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Indy's new pro soccer team hits ticket sales milestone

August 12, 2013
Indy Eleven, the city’s new professional soccer franchise, has been on a season ticket sales tear since the International Champions Cup game was announced—and that sales push continues. Team officials now shooting for new goal by Nov. 11.

Colts taking shot at home attendance records

August 7, 2013
Tickets for the Denver, Miami and Seattle games at Lucas Oil Stadium have the highest demand for the upcoming season. Colts officials are erecting 3,000 folding chairs to meet rising ticket demand.

Tony Stewart risking his business enterprise with reckless decisions

August 6, 2013
It’s time Tony Stewart gets a reality check. And it’s probably time for one of his business associates or friends to give it to him.

Angie's List back on track with IndyCar Series deal

August 5, 2013
If Angie's List decides to make its involvement with the IndyCar Series a major part of its marketing campaign, it could be a big coup for the series and the team the company partners with. Angie's List pours tens of millions of dollars into marketing annually.

40,000 plus fans, global media throng to attend soccer game at Lucas Oil Stadium

July 31, 2013
Thousands of attendees at Thursday's event will come from outside the area and the game is broadcast in 150 countries, giving Indianapolis nationwide and global exposure.

Local TV blackout key to Brickyard 400 survival

July 31, 2013
While only 75,000 people attended Sunday's Brickyard 400, more than 230,000 central Indiana residents watched the race live on television. Speedway officials must induce those TV-watching fans to buy tickets and fill the stands.

Dramatic growth in male fans helps WNBA's Fever score profit for first time

July 30, 2013
Fever sign major sponsorship deals as male fan base increases from 28 percent to 52 percent of team's audience. Franchise officials promise to be profitable this year and next.

ESPN hires Mike Wells to help expand Colts coverage

July 26, 2013
In an odd twist, the veteran NBA beat writer makes the leap to what radio and TV host Dan Patrick frequently calls the Mother Ship to write about a sport where he has little background.

Former Star sports reporter denies he's headed to ESPN to cover Pacers

July 25, 2013
The departure of former Indiana University beat writer Terry Hutchens earlier this month and Indiana Pacers beat writer Mike Wells last week comes on the heels of a major reorganization of the state’s largest daily newspaper’s sports department.

IndyCar leaders feeling vindicated by NASCAR's new TV deal

July 24, 2013
There is speculation that the new NBC-NASCAR deal could wreak havoc on the IndyCar Series schedule, but IndyCar officials weren’t letting that dampen their spirits Tuesday.

Do Pocono ratings show IndyCar needs more oval races?

July 22, 2013
Old-school open-wheel fans are crowing that the ratings of IndyCar's Pocono race mean the series needs more ovals. On some levels, their argument makes a lot of sense. But does that mean changes are coming?

Ex-Star reporter gains notice as cycling expert

July 18, 2013
In the two years since publishing his book, “The Belgian Hammer,” Ball State graduate Daniel Lee has become something of a minor celebrity in U.S. and European cycling circles.

Despite Peyton's return, Colts ticket value still lags

July 17, 2013
Peyton Manning's return is pushing the value of tickets for the Broncos-at-Colts game to twice as high as any other home game. Despite that boost, the Colts are still in the NFL's bottom half in terms of ticket demand on the secondary market.

Indy Indians chasing bigger crowds, more money

July 15, 2013
The Indianapolis Indians are red hot again this year. Not only is the team leading its division with a 61-38 record, but it is also chasing a fifth straight year with an attendance gain and profits that could eclipse $1.6 million.

It's time for IU's excuse-making to stop

July 11, 2013
Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has pulled the Hoosiers back from the brink faster than anyone thought he would or could. But now that he has, he and his staff can't answer questions about every stumble by pointing to ghosts of IU's past.

New Speedway president asked to 'save our track'

July 10, 2013
After Doug Boles was promoted to Indianapolis Motor Speedway president on Tuesday, one race fan pleaded with him to "save our track!" Does the Speedway really need saving? Some say the situation is that bad or worse.

Stevens will need 'hide of a rhino' to survive NBA

July 8, 2013
Brad Stevens could create the next NBA dynasty in Boston. If he doesn't, he'll likely rue the day he left Butler.

Arrests bring Colts, NFL to edge of deep abyss

July 3, 2013
At some point, NFL and Colts fans may wonder whom they’re cheering for. They may wonder whose poster their child has on the wall. And they may not like the answer staring back at them.

IU's Crean praised, criticized following NBA draft

July 1, 2013
Having two players selected in the top four of last week's NBA draft will only bolster IU Coach Tom Crean's recruiting efforts. But some IU alums are asking how a team with two such players got knocked out of the Sweet Sixteen.

Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
The Star sports department is undergoing a major shakeup, including reassignments for some of the paper’s most tenured beat writers—covering the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IU and Butler.

Ex-Colt Saturday hires Knight's agent to go after TV gig

June 27, 2013
Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he's turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.

Colts entering 'new frontier' with locker room video cameras

June 26, 2013
NFL executives are telling teams to tape pregame, halftime and postgame locker room activity and make content available to fans. The mandate could lead to a tug-of-war between coaches and team business brass.

Is Victor Oladipo an NBA superstar or safety net?

June 25, 2013
A polling of NBA general managers shows that IU product Victor Oladipo is their favorite player in this year's draft. But will that be enough to make him the overall No. 1 pick?

Colts partner with Rock n Roll Marathon promoter to host race

June 20, 2013
Indy-area runners will have a chance to run through the tunnel and onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the first Colts Back to Football Run on Aug. 24. The five-kilometer race will end at the 50-yard line.

IndyCar trailing far behind NASCAR, F1 in social media outreach

June 19, 2013
IndyCar’s Twitter and Facebook fan following is another set of numbers Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles must boost to assure the series’ survival.

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.