Art Angotti, the man who almost brought Major League Baseball to Indianapolis, dies

Mar 08, 2019 350

BY: Dana Hunsinger Benbow

Art Angotti, who was known in Indianapolis as the "ultimate entrepreneur" and worked to bring a Major League Baseball team to the city in 1985, has died after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 74. Angotti for years led Artistic Media Partners, which at one time owned as many as 20 radio stations. But he was, perhaps, best known as the man who rallied to bring a third professional sports team, the Indianapolis Arrows, to a burgeoning Downtown.

"It was such a great effort," said Jeff Smulyan, founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, who worked with Angotti on the Arrows project, which he said eventually led to his purchase of the Seattle Mariners. "It epitomized Art being the ultimate entrepreneur who just wanted to make stuff happen."

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