Local entrepreneurs Mark Welsh and Charlie Russell last year started an app development company. And this year, they inked partnerships with ESPN fantasy football guru Matthew Berry and daily fantasy sports behemoth DraftKings for their first major endeavor.
Local partners will include the Pacers, Colts and NCAA. But state officials declined to specify the contribution from Indiana's Next Level Fund, a new state-backed venture pool with $250 million to invest.
The big question in the Colts' preseason opener on Thursday is how Andrew Luck's shoulder will react under game conditions, especially when he takes his first hit. For now, Luck is concentrating on getting re-acclimated to the big stage.
When Drew Brees heard a 1930s-era Purdue University jersey worn by John Wooden was being sold at auction, he saw an chance to help his alma mater showcase its ties to the legendary coach. He paid a steep price for the opportunity.
At an impromptu news conference during Saturday's draft, owner Jim Irsay acknowledged the Colts had been contacted by other teams interested in Luck. The team had no interest in dealing the face of the franchise.
The NFL partnership has been strained since Papa John’s founder John Schnatter slammed the league in November, saying that declining ratings had hurt sales. He also said that Commissioner Roger Goodell mishandled the national anthem controversy.