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SPLIT DECISION: MMA JUNKIE's Fowlkes & Downes discussed Bellator's first PPV event, which aired last Saturday. Downes wrote, "They didn’t deviate from their usual formula too much. They delivered what I expected. I would watch it again, but content is king." He added, "I’m not sure Bellator’s roster is deep enough to put on pay-per-view cards with regularity." Fowlkes wrote it "felt way more like MMA without a net than your standard UFC event does." Downes noted the event "improved Bellator's status." However, Bellator Chair & CEO Bjorn Rebney "sidestepped questions about the initial gate," and that is "probably not a good sign" (MMAJUNKIE.com, 5/18).
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: In Indianapolis, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger wrote in a special feature that recovery for open-wheel racing in the U.S. "resembles the economy" during the recession: "low and slow." Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar "aren't standing still, and their marketing departments are charging ahead." New events such as the Rev party and the Verizon Indycar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis "show imagination and promise" (INDYSTAR.com, 5/17).