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Star's Montieth 'hit dead end'

April 25, 2008
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Indianapolis Star sports reporter Mark Montieth has covered his last Indiana Pacers game for the paper he dreamed about working for since he was a young child. Effective at the end of today, Montieth,...
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Mayweather to green flag Indy 500

April 24, 2008
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC welterweight world champion, will drop the green flag on this year’s Indianapolis 500. Mayweather competed on ABC’s hit “Dancing with the Stars” last fall along with two-time Indianapolis...
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Character key for Colts draftees

April 24, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts are fine tuning their strategy for this year’s National Football League draft, which is held in New York April 26 and 27. While there is much speculation about which players the...
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MainGate signs deal with Rams

April 23, 2008
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Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. today announced it has signed an exclusive three-year deal to be the on-line merchandiser for the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed,...
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Marketers teach biz of school sports

April 23, 2008
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The looming property tax crisis has Indiana high schools fearful that athletic department budgets could be the focus of future fiscal cuts. Ray Compton, one central Indiana’s most successful—and unconventional—sports marketers has a plan...
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Crean touts new IU facilities

April 22, 2008
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New Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean is convinced athletic facility improvements under way on the Bloomington campus will help the Hoosiers return to dominance. Crean told a group of mayors from southern Indiana...
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Pathfinder banquet features Kellog

April 22, 2008
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Clark Kellogg will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2008 Pathfinder Awards Banquet June 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to individuals for their contributions and dedication...
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Sponsors pump up Danica-mania

April 21, 2008
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Sponsors of Danica Patrick, who became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race with her Indy Racing League victory in Japan Saturday, have been quick to capitalize on the exposure. AirTran Airlines quickly put huge photos of Patrick on...
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Danica victory puts IRL in high gear

April 21, 2008
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Danica Patrick’s life is getting faster by the second. She’s not the only one moving at warp speed, as merchandisers and Indy Racing League officials hustle to capitalize on her historic victory Saturday...
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Long Beach is key IRL market

April 19, 2008
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Despite the upheaval surrounding the 2008 Long Beach Grand Prix, it is still quite a draw in this normally quite California town. That’s good news for Indy Racing League officials, who have their eyes on this historically strong open-wheel racing...
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Crean makes controversial hire

April 17, 2008
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean today hired an assistant with deep ties to former coach Kelvin Sampson. Over the next week, you can bet the school’s trustees along with Crean and IU President Michael McRobbie will be asked about...
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IRL gains speed in cyber space

April 17, 2008
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The Indy Racing League appears to be hitting on all cylinders. Through the first two races this year, the IRL, which recently unified with Champ Car, is seeing gains in attendance and television ratings. Now, IRL officials are reporting significant gains...
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What's next for Pacers?

April 16, 2008
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An announcement today that Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon will become CEO and Jim Morris will be elevated to president has many sports marketers applauding, but at the same time asking "What's next?" Several key questions persist. First, how much steam...
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Pacers give tickets away, set future

April 16, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers are in a giving mood for tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night. The team is advertising that all lower level tickets will sell for $30, club level tickets for $20 and upper...
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Pacers pipeline could be Knicks fix

April 15, 2008
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Donnie Walsh is tapping into his old Indiana Pacers contacts to fill key vacancies for the New York Knicks. Since becoming president of the Knicks last month, Pacers scout Jimmy Powell and Brian...
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Speculation heats up about Gordon

April 14, 2008
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Now that Indiana University freshman Eric Gordon has announced his decision to enter the National Basketball Association draft, speculation about the 19-year-old’s future is running rampant. Draft analysts predict Gordon will be chosen anywhere...
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McCallum leaves IU for Detroit

April 11, 2008
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Former Indiana University assistant men’s basketball coach Ray McCallum has been hired as the University of Detroit Mercy's new head coach. UDM athletic director Keri Gaither made the announcement today during a press conference...
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Oden makes move for spotlight

April 11, 2008
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As a senior at Lawrence North High School, Greg Oden was the most televised high school player since LeBron James. And he hoped to be a small screen star after he became a...
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Sarah Fisher nabs primary sponsor

April 11, 2008
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ResQ Pure Power Energy Drink, a recently launched product, will sponsor Sarah Fisher and Sarah Fisher Racing for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but motorsports sources...
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Gordon hangs with notorious agent

April 10, 2008
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Many Indiana University fans probably wondered why the man sitting next to Eric Gordon at Monday’s press conference looked familiar. Gordon told the world he was leaving IU for the NBA while sitting...
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ATP branding plan nets criticism

April 10, 2008
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The ATP is considering placing its name across the nets at all of its tournaments, a groundbreaking move that is drawing criticism from tournament promoters. As a test, the men’s tennis circuit placed its...
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Indians ink deal with MLB Pirates

April 9, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians announced today they have signed a four-year extension on their player development contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The new agreement runs through the 2012 season. Indianapolis posted a 224-205 regular-season mark during...
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Pacers near 22-year attendance low

April 9, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers are in two races: one to make the playoffs and the other to keep their average home attendance above 12,000. Last night against the Atlanta Hawks--arguably their biggest game of the...
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Fife to lobby Crean for IU match-up

April 8, 2008
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Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne officials have been trying to schedule a game with Indiana University for the last three years. Putting IU on the schedule would be an important recruiting tool, bring immediate marketing...
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Walsh expected to fire Isiah

April 8, 2008
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Donnie Walsh has spent the last few days in Indianapolis cleaning out his Conseco Fieldhouse office and gathering his belongings to head back to New York where he will begin his post this...
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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