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Wilkerson wants 1976 IU team remembered for more than winning games

May 29, 2013
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The death of his brother and a message from God inspired former IU basketball star Bobby Wilkerson to start a venture commemorating the last undefeated men's NCAA Division I basketball team.
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Miles headed for crash with penny-pinching IndyCar team owners?

May 24, 2013
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Mark Miles is talking this week about significant changes and speed records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's the same talk that was coming from Randy Bernard one year ago. Then Bernard was fired.
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IU, Purdue sign strange chicken sponsorship deals

May 23, 2013
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IU and Purdue sports fans next season will get bombarded with marketing messages from Zaxby’s. The deal is a bit odd given there are no Zaxby's anywhere near West Lafayette, Bloomington or Indianapolis.
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Speedway sells $3 million in new Indy 500 sponsorships

May 22, 2013
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By creating new sponsorship categories and filling vacated ones, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has brought on 23 new sponsors this month. Teams, too, are bringing on new corporate partners.
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Home playoff games could help Pacers turn a profit

May 15, 2013
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As the Indiana Pacers draw within one win of their first Eastern Conference final since 2004, the team also draws closer to profitability. So far, the Pacers have hosted five home playoff games. That equates to a significant revenue bump over a non-playoff team.

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Pacers fans thump Knicks boosters in TV ratings

May 8, 2013
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Pacers postseason TV ratings are up across the board over last year. The draw of the Pacers-Knicks playoff series was strong enough Sunday to steer a strong NASCAR fan base away from the race over to NBA Playoffs.
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There's good reason for Pacers fans to love Knicks

May 6, 2013
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Every hero needs a villain. And the Knicks have always been the perfect villain to galvanize the Pacers' fan base. The big-city Knicks are the bad guys again this year at a crucial time for the Pacers in Indianapolis.
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Sports broadcast veteran takes helm at 1070 The Fan

May 3, 2013
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Greg Rakestraw beat out numerous outsiders for his new job. Now there won't be anything that goes over the air at Emmis-owned WFNI-AM 1070 he won't be involved in, said company executives.
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Super Bowl guru wants BioCrossroads-type effort for Indy sports

May 1, 2013
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Indiana Sports Corp. CEO Allison Melangton is challenging local sports industry leaders to "think boldly" and help Indianapolis become an international sports mecca.
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Big Easy writer says Indy should drop '18 Super Bowl bid

April 30, 2013
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Within three weeks, Indianapolis should know whom it faces in its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The bidding for the next three Super Bowls is bound to be competitive. And a little ugly.
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Time for IndyCar Series to prove it can market drivers

April 25, 2013
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Conor Daly and Takuma Sato provide the struggling IndyCar Series with prime opportunities to improve its brand awareness and TV ratings. But driver promotion has never been the series' strong suit. It's time to turn that around.
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Manti Te'o could find perfect home with Colts

April 24, 2013
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All the noise about his fake girlfriend and slow 40-yard dash time have made football fans forget how good Manti Te'o was over an extended period in South Bend.
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IndyCar getting one thing it needs even more than American stars

April 22, 2013
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He’s not as American as apple pie, but Takuma Sato adds something to the IndyCar Series it has been sorely lacking in recent years.
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Lack of prime-time home games stuns Colts sponsor

April 19, 2013
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Lucas Oil CEO Forrest Lucas can't understand how the Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts got only one prime-time home game on the team's 2013 schedule. All the early games, he said, kills West Coast exposure.
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Audi's entrance into IndyCar could cut both ways

April 17, 2013
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While the addition of a new engine maker could significantly muscle-up the IndyCar Series’ global marketing, it also has some series insiders worried the move could trigger an engine arms race and price some suppliers, teams and drivers right out of the paddock.
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Indians' Schumacher, former IU football coach join elite group

April 11, 2013
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Indians Chairman Max Schumacher is the first baseball representative and Bill Mallory becomes the second IU football coach to win the Thomas A. Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is headlining the ceremony.
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The sooner Oladipo bolts Bloomington, the better for IU

April 10, 2013
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Victor Oladipo, more than any player over the last decade and certainly during Crean’s tenure in Bloomington, is the guy who could return IU to national prominence—more than he already has—and make Crean a rock star with recruits—more than he already is.
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Head-turning Hot Wheels cars hit streets to promote Indy 500

April 8, 2013
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For the first time, Indianapolis residents could see street-legal, full-size Hot Wheels cars zipping around their neighborhood. And if consumers like the cars, they can fulfill a childhood fantasy and buy their own.
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Alford's journey back to IU may wind through Westwood

April 3, 2013
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I couldn't help but wonder if part of the reason Alford left his comfortable job at New Mexico for the troubled waters of UCLA didn't have more to do with his desire to get back to his roots in Bloomington than his ambition to become the next Wizard of Westwood.
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Local ad execs helped launch Florida Gulf Coast odyssey

March 29, 2013
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Before anyone in Florida, much less across the United States, knew who this year's NCAA Cinderella story was, Borshoff's Jeff Morris and Mark LeClerc crafted an ad campaign touting the small Fort Myers Beach college and its basketball program.
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Can Indy's big-league efforts outrun small-town image?

March 27, 2013
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It seems no matter how much Indianapolis postures itself as a major-league city, there are those who will never consider it anything more than a few high-rises amid a sea of cornfields tended to by a bunch of hayseeds.
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Hinchcliffe victory good for GoDaddy, IndyCar and fans

March 26, 2013
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Hip, young racer James Hinchcliffe is off to a good start this year. With a good finish at Indy this May, he will become more than Danica Patrick's replacement driving the GoDaddy car. The series must promote his success to maximize the benefit.
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IU rips page from Butler playbook, uses hoops to raise brand

March 22, 2013
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From IBJ's The Score: IU is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in places like Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.  While the players and coaches aren't talking about the Final Four, IU's marketers have plans in place.
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Butler's 'high aspirations' carry big-time risks

March 20, 2013
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The move to the newly formed Big East athletic conference will cost Butler a lot more than its $2 million exit fee from the Atlantic 10.
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Cummins, MainSource throwing weight behind new running event

March 19, 2013
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With new running races crowding the landscape, some fear the market has become saturated. This fall, a new marathon in Columbus will do battle with two established events in Indianapolis.
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