Indianapolis hasn't hosted the NBA All-Star Game since 1985—when it was in the Hoosier Dome—something the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, wants to change. But local officials haven't pulled the trigger on a bid.
Sales of season tickets, merchandise and sponsorships are all up. Attendance is expected to match—or even exceed—the 2013-2014 season. And the stadium deal the Pacers struck with the city’s Capital Improvement Board last year has freed the franchise to make investments it hopes will pay dividends long term.
Three former presidents of the city’s Capital Improvement Board—Pat Early, Bob Grand and Ann Lathrop—are fighting an effort by attorneys for the IRS to depose them about what they learned about the Indiana Pacers' finances during discussions with the team.
Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov.-elect Suzanne Crouch paid for their tickets out of an "abundance of caution" for state ethics rules, a spokesman said. But there are no state rules to prohibit the people who are helping Holcomb shape his administration from taking freebies.
Former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel Vogel fits what the Magic were looking in a coach. His Pacer teams were usually one of the top defensive clubs in the NBA, finishing in the top six in field-goal defense in each of his five full seasons as head coach.