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April 26, 2010

Why Can’t All Local Sports Entities Be Like The Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:42 am

The city of Indianapolis is a weird sports town. Sometimes folks believe it will turn out badly year after year, as it did with the Colts for many years until Jim Irsay turned out NOT to be just like his father. The Indiana Pacers enjoyed championships when they were an ABA team, but that was decades ago. Reggie Miller became a legend in their NBA high water mark years, but did not win any championships. Now the team is being run by a personality even duller than Tony George.

Larry Bird was one of the best players of all time, but his operation of the Pacers is bound to have an outcome worse than that of Tony George primarily because a Bird-led Pacers organization may either fold or fly the coop. That would be a real shame because there are those of us who have followed them since the players sported afros, tight shorts and used a red, white and blue ball. As the Pacers continue a mostly pointless slide into lottery mediocrity occupied by the worst teams in the league, the team is asking the city of Indianapolis to bail them out. They have a nice new arena, but want someone else to pay its mortgage.

Why can’t teams follow the lead of the sports anchor of the city…the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? That entity has never asked Indianapolis for anything. That is not to say that situation couldn’t change. There is a bean counter and an increasingly greedy cabal of family members in charge now. At least they are not ISC. For now, however, not only do they pay taxes, the economic impact they bring is incalculable. The Super Bowl in Indy will be a big deal. IMS brings that type of economic impact multiple times a year.

The moral of the story is that IMS does it the right way. The Pacers really ought to follow that example. Now that there is no chance of playoff games for them for the foreseeable future, the half-a-month-of-May won’t be interrupted by a local NBA team. Personally I wish they would discover that winning games might actually solve their problem. In order to do that, however, they are going to have to purge most of the remainder of team, send Larry back to French Lick then clean house before filling it back up with people who know what the hell they are doing.

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2 Comments »

  1. Don’t forget to criticize the Colts as part of this deal. They’re doing, and have done, everything you’re criticizing the Pacers for. The city still owes tens of millions of dollars on the original Hoosier Dome (which is now a whole in the ground where they’re building the new convention center expansion). Even still owing all those millions on a 25 year old stadium, the city and surrounding counties increased taxes to build the Colts a new stadium – and to pay to operate it.

    While how the Speedway has done business in commendable, what the Pacers is asking is no different than what local government gave the Colts. The Pacers were at a team-high when Conseco Fieldhouse was built. The Colts were at a team-high when Lucas Oil was built. Both teams’ success cycles through. Will Colts fans be as happy to pay increased taxes in 5 years after Peyton Manning retires and the team is struggling and the Colts claim they can’t afford to stay in Indy under the current agreement?

    Just give the Pacers the same deal the Colts have.

    Comment by nickh360 — April 26, 2010 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  2. Didn’t know how else to send this to you, Defender, but this is what is passing for enlightened commentary in Indianapolis these days:

    http://www.ibj.com/the-score/2010/04/26/indycars-new-boss-must-apologize-for-something-he-didnt-do/PARAMS/post/19565

    Editor’s Note: Thanks for the tip. You have given me a blog topic. The more I try to read that idiot the more I am convinced he belongs somewhere other than the Indiana Business Journal.

    Comment by Gurney Eagle — April 26, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | Reply


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