IMS to consider allowing live broadcasts of Indy 500 if race sells out

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Those in central Indiana might be able to watch the Indianapolis 500 live on television after all.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials discussed lifting the media blackout Monday, ultimately deciding not to so long as unsold tickets remain, reports our news gathering partners IndyStar.

The problem is, there are still tickets left. But with five full sales days left, that could change.

“If we get to the point where we don’t have tickets to sell, we’ll think about it,” Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles told IndyStar. “But right now, it’s academic.”

Miles told the newspaper that selling completely out of tickets doesn’t assure the blackout of being lifted, but it does suggest the conversation will come up again.

When IMS President Doug Boles was asked about the possible lift of the blackout, he said “we are constantly reviewing, especially this year because of the attendance interest.  But not at the moment.”

The local blackout is one of the longest-standing 500 traditions, nearly as old as the winning driver drinking milk in victory lane. Hoosiers have seen the race live on TV only twice – in 1949 and ’50 – despite multiple cries for a change.

The Indy Star contributed to this story. 

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