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Colts show interest in drafting QB

March 24, 2009
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If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Ball State’s Nate Davis might be asking that very question this week. His pro...
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NCAA tourney results kind to Indy

March 23, 2009
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One of the biggest winners in the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament: Downtown Indianapolis restaurants, hotels and other local businesses, not to mention those counting on event revenue to...
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Indy golf icon makes PGA Hall

March 16, 2009
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Former PGA of America Rules Committee Chairman, Don Essig III, is among the eight-member 2009 class of inductees in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Essig is the PGA Director of Golf at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis...
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Buckeye success scores for Indy

March 13, 2009
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Now that IU is out of the Big Ten basketball tournament, local organizers and tourism officials have to hope that Ohio State can make a run. A successful run by Purdue probably wouldn't hurt either, but history has shown that...
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Colts lose long-time executive

March 12, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts executive vice president Bob Terpening plans to retire June 1 after more than 30 years with the team. Terpening is one of the Colts longest-tenured staff members and someone who played a...
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NBA: Apocalypse now

March 11, 2009
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I’m not a sky-is-falling kind of guy by nature. But I think there’s a seismic shift underway in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers' financial distress is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m not...
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Schmidt, Ganassi partner for Indy

March 10, 2009
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Chip Ganassi Racing and Sam Schmidt Motorsports will partner to field a car for Alex Lloyd in the 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Lloyd, the 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion, is a...
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Pacers have explaining to do

March 10, 2009
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Slowly but surely, Indiana Pacers officials are releasing more information about their financial distress. Last month, Pacers brass told me they had lost money in nine of 10 years at Conseco Fieldhouse, including the...
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Local racing jobs still revving

March 9, 2009
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Despite the downturned economy, the long-view shows the motorsports sector is growing in Indiana. Studies compiled by the Indiana Motorsports Association and IUPUI indicate there’s been a 37 percent growth in the number...
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Volleyball tourney scores for Indy

March 6, 2009
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The biggest women’s sporting event in town this weekend isn’t the Big Ten basketball tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. At least not according to organizers of the 2009 Mizuno Hoosier Mideast Qualifier. In any...
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Colts fans get new Web site

March 6, 2009
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Colts fans and followers now have a new online information outlet to tune into. John Oehser, former Colts.com writer, in late February launched Indyfootballreport.com. Oehser, who was caught in the team’s...
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Colts + T.O. = Super Bowl?

March 5, 2009
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Ok, it will probably never happen. But since the word 'probably' is in the previous sentence, it would be a dereliction of duty not to explore the Indianapolis Colts' possible signing of Terrell Owens. The...
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Pacers' Web traffic > attendance

March 4, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers attendance is holding steady, though it's still near the bottom of the NBA, ranking 28th out of 30 teams. The team’s traffic on its Web site, however, is faring much...
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Acclaimed writer pens 500 book

March 3, 2009
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Simon & Schuster has commissioned a book about the first Indianapolis 500. The book publishing company hired former Sports Illustrated executive editor Charles Leerhsen to write the story of the 1911 race, and...
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IRL promo campaign going green

March 2, 2009
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The Indy Racing League’s new TV partner is getting ready to launch a full-throttle promotional offensive. The Comcast Cable-owned Versus TV network is launching a promotional campaign March 7 that will not only be...
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QB's input helps keep Saturday

February 27, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is nothing if not professional. So it’s no wonder Manning slipped below the public eye when he lobbied Colts management to keep center Jeff Saturday. Manning has made...
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Local firm scores big NFL deal

February 26, 2009
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Local merchandiser MainGate Inc. scored its fourth deal with an NFL team in less than a year. And the most recent deal is no small catch. Yesterday, MainGate CEO Dave Moroknek announced a...
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SI responds to Danica tattoo flap

February 26, 2009
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After this post, there will be a self-imposed moratorium on Danica Patrick-related news on The Score. Even I can see we’ve gotten a little carried away. But Sports Illustrated’s response to the Danica tattoo flap that surfaced two weeks ago...
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Harrison remains elusive

February 25, 2009
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Marvin Harrison’s exit from Indianapolis was as elusive as his moves on the field. He slid out of town after meeting with Indianapolis Colts ownership without ever being seen. Colts fans are left...
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Danica suddenly considering F1

February 24, 2009
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick has done an about face. Just a few days after telling everyone how happy she is in the IRL, she now says she’d consider jumping to Formula One. Patrick has been targeted as one...
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Irsay makes one final plea

February 24, 2009
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It’s difficult to say what is driving Marvin Harrison in his negotiations—or non-negotiations—with the Indianapolis Colts. Greed? Pride? Ego-centrism? Maybe all the above. Maybe none of the above. Harrison certainly isn’t saying. Even...
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Ex-DEI chief runs on new track

February 23, 2009
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The message to locally based USA Track & Field was clear. Downsize or risk losing financial support from the U.S. Olympic Committee. So USATF boss Doug Logan last week announced the board would...
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Danica rebuffs F1, Ecclestone

February 20, 2009
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That sound you heard was a collective sigh from the Indy Racing League’s sales and marketing department. IRL driver and Sports Illustrated cover girl Danica Patrick says she has not been contacted by anyone...
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Importance of NFL Combine up

February 20, 2009
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By most accounts, attendance is up at this year’s NFL Combine, and not because it’s being held for the first time in Lucas Oil Stadium. Veteran NFL scout Chris Landry, who serves as a...
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Ticket tax hike gaining favor

February 19, 2009
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I have bad news for Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis Indians ticket buyers. By the time you buy tickets for next season’s games, you’ll likely be hit with a higher ticket tax....
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. 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.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. 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.

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