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For the first time in more than 60 years, the Indy 500 will be broadcast live on local television. 

Track officials decided to lift the longstanding local TV blackout, declaring a sellout of all tickets, including infield general admission tickets.  

They say it’s the first sellout in Indy 500 history. 

Mark Miles, the president and CEO of track management firm Hulman & Company says the announcement was made after analyzing aerials of the infield during previous races and estimating how many more people the facility could safely accommodate.

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The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. McMillan has spent the last three seasons as Associate Head Coach for the Pacers under former coach Frank Vogel.

McMillan says coaching is different now than when he first started more than a decade ago.

"There is a lot of old school in me,” he says, “and I won’t lose all of that, but I do understand you have to adapt to this generation.”

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After five-and-a-half years leading the Indiana Pacers, Frank Vogel is out as head coach.

Pacers Team President Larry Bird announced the decision to not retain Vogel, whose contract was up after the 2015-16 season, at a Thursday press conference.

Vogel had a 250-and-181 record (a .580 winning percentage) with the Pacers in the regular season, but his teams were just 28-and-26 in the playoffs.

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The NCAA is now factoring host cities’ anti-discrimination policies into its decisions about where sporting events are held.

At its quarterly meeting this week, the Indianapolis-based college sports organization said it will now take into account whether a city can provide an environment free of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

The new metric affects the bidding process for mens’ and womens’ sporting events in all divisions as well as educational and leadership events and conferences.

On April 19, in a federal court room, lawyers representing former collegiate athletes took on the NCAA and the University of North Carolina in what could prove to be a landmark case.  At stake is "academic integrity," a term that both the NCAA and its member institutions like to trot out when athletes are under investigation for academic fraud. Except this time, it is the NCAA and its member institutions (most notably UNC) who are the accused. 

Universities And The Young Minds They Tend

Mar 30, 2016

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that the National Football League, which currently generates more than $13 billion in revenue a year, is having trouble coming to terms with the connection between traumatic head injury and football.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Imagine a prize fight where there are no jabs thrown, only haymakers -- and where no matter how staggered each combatant looks, there's a sense neither is out of the fight until the final signal sounds.

Oh, and imagine the referees seem unwilling to stop the contest very often to let each side tend to its wounds.

Such was the first half of the final regular season tilt between Purdue and Wisconsin Sunday.

The teams combined to shoot 60-percent in the opening 20 minutes. At the same time, just seven first-half fouls were calls (only two of those on Purdue).

Purdue University

Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke says he plans to retire in July 2017. Burke made the announcement Thursday during an annual alumni event in Naples, Florida.

A university news release says Burke told university leaders about his retirement timeline more than a year ago.

The search for a new director will be led by Michael Berghoff, Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and former Purdue football player.

Harrison Wagner / Indiana Public Broadcasting

A Senate panel Wednesday unanimously approved legislation legalizing and regulating daily fantasy sports, such as the websites Fan Duel and DraftKings. 

The proposed bill would impose some insider information protections, barring daily fantasy employees and their families from playing. 

It also bars professional athletes and officials from playing. 

The measure says game operators must ensure their players are at least 18 years of age and must charge an entry fee to play. 

MKE Sports & Entertainment/Prospect League

Lafayette’s forthcoming Prospect League Baseball Team finally has an official name. In a hat-tip to Purdue University’s tradition of flight, the wooden-bat team has been officially dubbed the Lafayette Aviators.