Sports columnist

Benner has written a sports column for Indianapolis Business Journal since February 2001. Before that he was a sportswriter and columnist for The Indianapolis Star for 33 years. Benner is a lifelong Hoosier and a graduate of Center Grove High School and Indiana University. In his day job, he serves as director of communications for the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. His passions include skiing, golf, live music and serving on the board of Special Olympics Indiana.


Recent Articles

BENNER: Thanks and farewell after 45 years of Indy sports bylines

November 9, 2013
Veteran columnist moving on after a dozen years offering sports commentary for IBJ.

BENNER: Brandon Miller, no stranger to big shots, gets another at Hinkle

November 2, 2013
Butler's new coach is smooth under pressure, a quality he'll need in his dream job.

BENNER: Colts prove they can overcome ‘bulletin-board material’

October 26, 2013
The Colts-Broncos game lived up to the circus that led up to it.

BENNER: Love thy enemy? We’ll find out when Peyton returns to Indy

October 12, 2013
It won't be easy to watch our franchise quarterback under center for the Broncos.

BENNER: Westfield is pursuing its own amateur sports dream

October 5, 2013
Hamilton County town pursuing young athletes who arrive with families in tow.

BENNER: Regrettably, not all iconic sports venues can be saved

September 28, 2013
Venues mean something. More than bricks and steel and concrete, if done right, they ooze character and provide a sense of special place.

BENNER: A nickname only an NFL owner could defend—and keep

September 21, 2013
It's time Washington, and a certain IPS school for that matter, catches up with the rest of society.

BENNER: NCAA alone can’t clean up college football; Oscar in the Hall

September 14, 2013
The pressure to cheat starts with the schools themselves and their demanding fans.

BENNER: How do we top 2012? Here’s hoping we get to find out

September 7, 2013
It's hard to imagine topping Indy's hosting of the 2012 Super Bowl, but it can be done.

BENNER: Colts will show that last year's 11-win season was not a fluke

August 31, 2013
Horseshoes and their young quarterback will prove the prognosticators wrong once again.

BENNER: Eager for college football—and hoping it won’t implode

August 24, 2013
The game could suffer under the weight of its popularity and financial might.

BENNER: All preseason football games are ‘crap performances,’ Jim

August 17, 2013
It's not fair that season ticket holders pay regular-season prices for the games that don't count.

BENNER: Sports can boost other points of civic pride in Indianapolis

August 10, 2013
Sports won't solve all of the city's problems, but sports can help on many fronts.

BENNER: Extraordinary Pete Dye course moves into spotlight

August 3, 2013
Sitting atop a 1,000-foot hill overlooking the town and offering vistas of 30 miles, the Dye course is a breathtaking emerald gem, the result of both the incredible topography and the mad genius of Indiana’s own Mr. Dye.

Delany hasn’t lost sight of the core values of college sports

July 27, 2013
Big Ten Commissioner seeks more than TV ratings, full stadiums and Brinks trucks dumping their cargo on campuses from Lincoln to State College.

Basketball history magazine full of fun facts and features

July 20, 2013
I leaf through the pages, uncovering gems, some that I'd forgotten and some that I never knew, even though I'm a lifelong Hoosier.

Setting the record straight on Stevens’ move to Celtics

July 13, 2013
Just when you think nothing more can be said about Butler's latest coaching departure ...

BENNER: Victory Field hits baseball sweet spot for fans, old cronies

July 6, 2013
The Vic, which opened in 1996, looks as nice as it did on opening night.

BENNER: Trainer hall of famer makes his mark across many sports

June 29, 2013
Serendipity and a Pacers legend put Ralph Reiff at the pinnacle of his profession.

BENNER: Group bringing golf to the masses lands alum at U.S. Open

June 15, 2013
The First Tee is making golf accessible to kids who will benefit from the game regardless of whether they ever make the tour.

BENNER: Fans mad about Game 7 swoon prove Pacers are relevant again

June 8, 2013
Complaints, second-guessing, anger over loss are unmistakeable signs that fans have reengaged with the team.
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