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Larry Bird more popular than any Pacers player

April 18, 2014
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It’s kind of amazing to consider that the most popular member of the Indiana Pacers doesn’t even don a uniform. And he hasn’t since 1992. Heck, he hasn’t even coached since 2000.
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App gives Colts fans on-demand video content, team new revenue stream

April 16, 2014
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The Colts recently contracted with California-based DeskSite to launch an app to feed fan laptops, tablets, desktop computers and televisions with on-demand Colts-centric video content.
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Pacers set to score 28 sellouts; attendance up 15 percent

April 9, 2014
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With the regular season concluding, the Indiana Pacers have exceeded their own ticket sales expectations, drawing more fans to the fieldhouse in any one season since 2000-2001. The team has sold out more games this year than in the last three years combined.
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IndyCar Series, Speedway projecting big revenue increases

April 2, 2014
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Hulman & Co. officials are projecting 20-percent to 25-percent gains in ticket and sponsorship sales this year over last. But it's still not clear if the open-wheel series will be profitable.
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Indy Fuel aims to raise $500,000 for youth hockey

April 1, 2014
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City's new pro hockey team donating all money from its in-game fundraising  including raffles and other promotions for its first five seasons at the Fairgrounds Coliseum to support youth hockey leagues.
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Indians could be headed for all-time attendance record

March 26, 2014
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With the Indianapolis Indians' season and group ticket sales up significantly this year over last, the AAA farm club's 15-year-old attendance record could be within reach. So what's the Tribe's secret to success?
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Following Irsay arrest, sponsor support at 'highest point ever' for Colts

March 20, 2014
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The Indianapolis Colts don't appear to be in jeopardy of losing many sponsors after Jim Irsay's March 16 arrest for driving under the influence and illegal drug possession.
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Indianapolis firm scores big deal working for Colts' rival

March 20, 2014
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MainGate Inc. signed a 10-year deal to handle merchandise sales online and at LP Field for the Tennessee Titans.
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IU supporters making it tough for Crean to succeed

March 19, 2014
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Any decent coach knows one of the keys to winning is playing to your strengths. But IU supporters are hampering Tom Crean from doing that.
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Verizon promising to go faster, farther than previous IndyCar title sponsors

March 14, 2014
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The motorsports marketing firm representing Verizon says the wireless communication firm won't be like past IndyCar Series title sponsors Pep Boys, Northern Light and Izod.
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Indy Eleven fires up fans with match vs. Chicago MLS club

March 13, 2014
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Local NASL team locking horns with big boys from Chicago. Match played at Purdue should draw fans from Indy and Windy City.
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Captain Morgan abandons ship, but Indians still making sponsorship gains

March 12, 2014
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The maker of the popular spiced rum has decided to end its three-year sponsorship of an open air restaurant and bar in left field of Victory Field. Team officials are talking to several potential replacements.
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Colts already nearing sellout for all 2014 games

March 10, 2014
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This off-season's Indianapolis Colts season ticket renewal rate will come in near 10 percentage points higher than it was just two years ago. Very few if any single-game tickets are expected to be available for the upcoming season.
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As Big Ten tourney grows, bidding war for event could erupt

March 5, 2014
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Just about every Big Ten men’s basketball team has struggled at one time or another this year. But as a whole—and financially speaking—the college conference has never been better.
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Latest IndyCar driver hire easy to criticize

February 27, 2014
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If the IndyCar Series as a whole doesn’t start looking at least a little further down the line, in a decade's time there aren’t going to be any gray beards left to bring back.
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Pacers, Colts execs travel to Mexico to help jazz up water polo

February 26, 2014
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International water polo leaders are counting on two top executives from the Pacers and Colts to bring a new level of show-time entertainment to one of the Olympics' oldest sports.
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Glass stands as shatter-proof barrier between Crean and angry IU fans

February 19, 2014
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IU Athletic Director Fred Glass has more power in Bloomington than most people realize. As long as Glass supports Tom Crean, the basketball coach's job is safe.
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Ballard invites British royal couple to visit Indy's World Sports Park

February 17, 2014
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Mayor Greg Ballard reached out through the British Consulate to invite Prince William and Kate Middleton to visit the Indianapolis World Sports Park this summer. He is promising to invite other international dignitaries.
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IndyCar's Fisher, Newgarden show pushing forward can require U-turn

February 13, 2014
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She may not be the first person that comes to mind when thinking of sports marketing, but I’ve always thought Sarah Fisher has a firmer grasp on connecting with fans than most in the IndyCar paddock.
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Pacers' hard-earned success requires continued vigilance

February 12, 2014
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The Pacers—and most especially the team’s young players—must remember the types of gains achieved by this team are hard earned and delicately maintained. Especially in a family oriented—some would say fickle—market like Indiana.
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NY Super Bowl huge moneymaker, but can't top Indy for atmosphere

February 5, 2014
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Two Indianapolis-based companies help NFL score record Super Bowl merchandise sales in New York. But one local business executive calls this year's big game massively expensive.
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IndyCar boss optimistic he can land big-name sponsors

February 4, 2014
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Mark Miles says he's very confident he can land a replacement for Izod as the IndyCar Series' title sponsor by March 30. Verizon is one of the companies Miles is talking to, motorsports sources said.
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Dungy: This is not Manning's greatest season

January 30, 2014
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As incredible as Peyton Manning's comeback in Denver has been, his former Colts coach said the all-pro quarterback was better in Indianapolis. But which season does Tony Dungy consider No. 18's greatest?
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Will Super Bowl success in Denver affect Manning's HOF enshrinement?

January 29, 2014
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Many Indianapolis Colts fans are sweating that if Peyton Manning wins a Super Bowl, or two, with Denver that he could choose to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame as a Bronco instead of a Colt.
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Indy Eleven takes big gamble with stadium finance plan

January 27, 2014
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By asking for tax money to help finance an $87 million, 18,500-seat venue, soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir is gambling with one of his franchise's most valuable assets.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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