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IndyCar emerges from disaster, but Indy awaits

April 2, 2012
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After Dan Wheldon's death last season, few predicted the IndyCar Series would steer its new chassis and engine package into 2012 smoothly. But so far, the series has opened to mostly rave reviews. The series now faces its biggest test, and opportunity, at Indy.
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Triumph brings Tiger Woods step closer to Crooked Stick

March 30, 2012
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The PGA's most popular golfer is back, and just in time as organizers for the 2012 BMW Championship launch an ad campaign and begin selling single day tickets. Success at The Masters would make Tiger a near shoe-in to play at Crooked Stick this September.
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Are Indy's sports fans fickle, frugal or something else?

March 27, 2012
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Colts season ticket renewal rates are at a 10-year low. Pacers attendance is among the worst in the NBA. Is Indianapolis really the sports town it professes to be?
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IU hoops, Colts fight for spot as state's top sports brand

March 22, 2012
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The value of sports brands fluctuates as violently as stock prices during economic upheaval. In Indiana, the IU and Butler basketball brands have risen while the Colts' has taken a hit and the Pacers fight for their place in the sun.
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Pacers' two Georges launch fan zone, TV show

March 21, 2012
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Pacers' Paul George and George Hill have partnered with Gatorade to launch the G2 Zone inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The duo also will have a TV show on the team's web site.
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Manning's long shadow about to turn dark over Colts

March 20, 2012
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If Peyton Manning succeeds in Denver it will cast a shadow over Indianapolis that Colts owner Jim Irsay will be unable to outrun or outlive.
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Hummel's appeal uniquely universal

March 19, 2012
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Purdue's heart-breaking loss Sunday had more than followers of the black and gold crying. But wipe your tears. Robbie Hummel wouldn't want it any other way.
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Volunteer outpouring for local PGA event overflowing

March 16, 2012
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PGA officials might have been surprised by how quickly 2,600 people lined up to help put on a Tour event at Crooked Stick. Locals were not.
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Colts fans need to take a deep breath and relax

March 15, 2012
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Every move—whether it’s cutting Peyton Manning or dangling defensive end Dwight Freeney as trade bait—is being treated by fans as a referendum on the new leadership duo of Colts owner Jim Irsay and General Manager Ryan Grigson.
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Roller derby bout crashes Bankers Life Fieldhouse

March 13, 2012
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With a growing following, locally based Naptown Roller Girls brings its rough and tumble sport out of the Fairgrounds to the center stage in downtown Indianapolis.
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Big Red propels Big Ten tourney to record attendance

March 12, 2012
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Though it's not entirely for the reason many would expect, higher attendance this year likely pushed the tournament's economic impact to new heights.
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Future of IU's Assembly Hall will generate chorus of boos

March 9, 2012
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Despite many complaints about the charmless 41-year-old basketball venue, IU has no plans to replace or renovate the Hoosiers' hoops home.
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Irsay can no longer be in Manning's corner

March 7, 2012
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If they part ways, Jim Irsay, on some level, has to be rooting against Peyton Manning. If his former quarterback outshines his new signal caller in any meaningful way, it could have disastrous consequences for his franchise in this market.
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IU basketball program proving it's bigger than Bob Knight

March 5, 2012
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It’s OK to admit it. IU basketball made Bob Knight. Not the other way around. The proof is in the roar of the crowd at Assembly Hall these days. The proof comes from the program's financials during its darkest days.
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Irsay can't leave fans feeling they've been fooled again

March 2, 2012
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If Colts fans think Jim Irsay waited until after the season ticket renewal date to release Peyton Manning, his ticket waiting list, along with the goodwill he's banked, could burn up like paper in fire.
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Bill Polian joins ESPN as full-time NFL analyst

February 29, 2012
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Despite his sometimes rocky relationship with media members during his previous career, former Colts general manager now joins their ranks.
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Butler basketball hits 40-plus-year attendance high

February 28, 2012
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The Butler men's basketball ticket hasn't sold this hot since the early to mid 1960s. With university president James Danko committed to building on the program's success, attendance is likely to keep climbing.
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Life without Danica presents serious challenges for IndyCar

February 23, 2012
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She rarely won. Her tantrums became old and tired. But the media and casual race fans loved Danica Patrick. So the big question remains, will the series be better or worse off without her?
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Sarah Fisher frozen out of IndyCar Series

February 21, 2012
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The series' only woman owner, and one of its most popular people over the last decade, can't get anyone to sell her an engine to go racing. She has the money, a promising American driver, a new chassis and new shop. Yet she's still stalled.
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If it's truly a business decision, Manning must go

February 17, 2012
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On the day after Jim Irsay was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame, it’s clearer than ever that the decision on what to do with Peyton Manning has nothing to do with business.
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Irsay-Manning saga dividing Colts fan base

February 16, 2012
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If the 2009 season taught us anything, it's that Colts fans have a long memory. This year may be remembered as the one in which Jim Irsay divided the horseshoe kingdom.
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IndyCar Series readies to raise curtain on new era

February 13, 2012
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While myriad challenges remain, IndyCar's future might finally be pointed in the right direction.
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Many Colts fans don't want what's best for Manning

February 7, 2012
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If Colts fans really have Manning's best interests at heart, they should be happy to see him play for another team.
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Hosting another Super Bowl could deliver diminished return

February 6, 2012
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There's a thought that Indianapolis could win another Super Bowl bid as early as 2018 or 2019. But should Indianapolis pursue the big game again after the way this week turned out?
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Irsay's 'all-in' mentality key to Indy's Super Bowl score

February 3, 2012
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In 2007, Jim Irsay's generosity put major heat on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. In 2008, Irsay's willingness to forsake his own financial interests helped Indianapolis land the Super Bowl.
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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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