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IU's Crean tweeting to win

April 30, 2009
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Big news out of Bloomington … basketball coach Tom Crean is Twittering. Pardon me, he’s tweeting. He began about two weeks ago. Actually, it is rather cool, and pretty forward thinking too. Crean...
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CIB debate goes overtime

April 30, 2009
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Where do we go from here? When it comes to the Capital Improvement Board and this city’s sports facilities, it’s anybody’s guess. About the only thing we know for sure, the CIB has called...
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Pacers attendance: Time to convert

April 29, 2009
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Earlier this week, I pointed out the Indiana Pacers’ 14,182 attendance this season was 28th out of 30 National Basketball Association teams. I also pointed out, the team’s attendance represented a big increase...
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IRL TV ratings take dive

April 28, 2009
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The Indy Racing League TV ratings took a step back at Kansas this past Sunday. After posting TV viewership gains for the Long Beach race April 19, the IRL earned a .15 rating...
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IRL thinking big in China

April 28, 2009
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The Indy Racing League is taking a serious look at holding a race in China as early as 2011. Series officials said there are several good reasons why the league may want to...
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Colts draft rated above average

April 28, 2009
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Since the Indianapolis Star this morning provided a rather incomplete picture of the Indianapolis Colts’ draft grade, I thought I’d complete the picture. It’s true that USA Today’s Larry Weisman gave the Colts a...
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Pacers pain not isolated incident

April 27, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers are far from the only National Basketball Association franchise hurting financially. And the pain isn’t just striking small market teams. While the first round of the playoffs rages on, several NBA...
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LOS may score World Cup windfall

April 24, 2009
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Indianapolis is in the running to host Word Cup soccer games in 2018 and 2022. It’s a long, long way from a done deal, but two things are certain. First, Indianapolis...
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Milka Duno back on track

April 24, 2009
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Dreyer  and  Reinbold Racing announced yesterday afternoon that Milka Duno will be returning to the team’s Indy Racing League effort for 2009. The Venezuelan driver will be competing in a limited schedule starting...
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Danica Patrick ready for take off

April 23, 2009
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick is ready for take off. Patrick will be unveiling her new Motorola sponsored Indy car at the Indianapolis International Airport May 1. The car will have a...
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ESPN puts local firm in spotlight

April 22, 2009
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I’m not sure what it has to do with sports, but ESPN columnist Rick Reilly delves into the business of a locally run Internet search engine in his most recent column. While the...
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MainGate roaring with Lions deal

April 22, 2009
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Locally based MainGate Inc. is getting a big boost from its new contract with the Detroit Lions. MainGate signed a 10-year deal in February to manage...
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IRL TV rating improved

April 21, 2009
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The Grand Prix at Long Beach last Sunday scored a .5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That’s the same rating the race earned last...
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Take from poor (relief), give to CIB

April 21, 2009
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That drip-drop sound you hear is not the rain outside. It’s coming from the irony dripping off the most recent Capital Improvement Board bailout proposal. A bi-partisan group of Marion County lawmakers is suggesting...
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IRL revs crowd at Long Beach

April 21, 2009
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By all accounts the Grand Prix of Long Beach was a success for the Indy Racing League. The IRL, which signed a five-year deal to take over the former CART event following last...
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Former Colt releases debut album

April 20, 2009
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Former Colts tight end Ben Utecht is releasing his self-titled debut album tomorrow on Stylos Records, distributed by World Entertainment. Utecht, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was part of the Colts’...
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Castroneves racing Sunday

April 17, 2009
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Helio Castroneves will be on the track this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. Penske officials had a contingency plan in place to put him on the track—even as far back as two weeks...
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NFL schedule not kind to Lucas Oil

April 17, 2009
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At first glance the Indianapolis Colts schedule looks pretty good for all concerned. Forrest Lucas, founder of the oil company that put its name on the Colts one-year-old stadium, called the team’s 2009...
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Oval Vodka joins Indy Light Series

April 16, 2009
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Officials for Oval Vodka, producer and importer of the new super-premium vodka from Austria, announced today that they will be participating in the Indy Light Series with Alliance Motorsports, in a one-year sponsorship...
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Castroneves: A marketing liability?

April 15, 2009
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Entering the fourth day of deliberations in the tax evasion case of Indy Racing League driver Helio Castroneves, series officials now have to be seriously wondering what will become of the month of...
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CIB solution is simple, a bit scary

April 14, 2009
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It may seem absurd. No, scratch that, it does seem absurd. But there’s a simple solution to solve the Capital Improvement Board’s $47 million budget shortfall. Legalized sports gambling. That proposal won’t see the...
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Tribe stockholders shut out Biglari

April 13, 2009
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This past week I reported on Steak n Shake’s troubles with their advertising agency. That’s not the restaurant chain’s only concern. The company’s chairman, Sardar Biglari, isn’t so talkative these days....
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Sarah Palin: A Colts fan?

April 10, 2009
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Former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is apparently an Indianapolis Colts fan. At least it appears that way in the latest edition of Esquire magazine. In a story primarily about her husband,...
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Bird's wins, not pay stack up

April 9, 2009
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are two games away from equaling the 1985-86 Boston Celtics’ best-ever NBA home record. The Cavs are 38-1 playing on the banks of Lake Erie. They only have San Antonio...
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IRL TV ratings down, optimism up

April 8, 2009
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The Nielsen ratings for the first Indy Racing League race Sunday in St. Petersburg were down 60 percent from the same race a year ago. The 2009 St. Petersburg race was the season...
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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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