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IRL's Detroit race shows growth

September 5, 2008
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While the jury is still out on the success of the first unified open-wheel racing season, the organizers of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix last weekend are calling their event a resounding...
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Colts sales staff feels the heat

September 5, 2008
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Pressure is mounting on the Indianapolis Colts as this Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Bears looms. Yes, there’s pressure to win on the field. But there’s even more pressure to make the...
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IRL title sponsor "on the doorstep"

September 4, 2008
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Despite switching its telecasts from ESPN to Versus next year, Indy Racing League officials remain confident they will sign an eight-figure, multi-year title sponsorship deal by year’s end. League officials denied rumors that some...
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Colts, Pacers join hands

September 3, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts have long been thought to be competitors. They compete with each other for fans, sponsors, public and private support for their respective playing venues among other things in...
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Wheldon races to Panther

September 2, 2008
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We didn't have to wait long to find out where Dan Wheldon would land. Just more than an hour after news broke that Dario Franchitti would be replacing him at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Wheldon announced he will be driving...
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Franchitti returns to IRL

September 2, 2008
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Former Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League series champion Dario Franchitti is returning to the open-wheel circuit next year to drive for his former NASCAR boss Chip Ganassi. Ganassi folded the NASCAR team that...
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Indians hit 8-year attendance high

September 2, 2008
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With the books just closed on the Indianapolis Indians' 2008 season, the team’s front office is already looking forward to next season. And why not? This team is hot. Red hot. And I’m...
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IndyGo Colts shuttle a no-go

August 29, 2008
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Congestion getting to the Indianapolis Colts games is as much a problem as congestion once fans are in the new Lucas Oil Stadium. It appears that traffic flow and parking are real issues...
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USATF putting customers first

August 29, 2008
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The USA Track & Field headquarters in downtown Indianapolis is taking a cue from Wendy’s restaurants. They’re staying open late. USATF’s new CEO Doug Logan said this is the first step in creating a...
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Fever pumps up attendance

August 28, 2008
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The Indiana Fever re-start their season tonight with the hope of cranking up the team’s attendance even more than it has already elevated this year. Through 13 homes games, the local WNBA team has...
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Olympics hurt IRL TV ratings

August 28, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are probably happy the Olympics happen only once every four years. This year’s games in Beijing, IRL officials said, have done a number on their TV viewership lately. The IRL’s Aug. 24 race in Sonoma...
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IRL revs effort to get in fans' ears

August 27, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials are unveiling a new communications system using Bluetooth technology that will beam audio messages straight into the wireless telephone earpieces of fans attending their races. Fans at the track will...
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Favre hot on Manning's heels

August 27, 2008
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Believe it or not, there are a few people who actually don't know anything about Peyton Manning. They wouldn't know him if they saw him drinking Gatorade, and they wouldn't know him with or without a fake mustache. They wouldn't...
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Colts cuts not made on emotion

August 26, 2008
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First and foremost Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian is a businessman. And he’s one of the best in the National Football League. Don’t expect Polian to get too giddy over the extra bucks...
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NBC wins, Oprah seeks Olympians

August 25, 2008
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This year’s Summer Olympics turned out to be a winner for NBC. Through Saturday night, NBC was averaging a 16.2 rating—meaning about 27.7 million viewers tuned in for its prime time coverage. Nationally, 28 percent of households on average tuned...
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IUPUI, Pacers negotiating deal

August 25, 2008
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The IUPUI men’s basketball team appears headed across town to play home games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Officials for Pacers Sports & Entertainment said they would let IUPUI make any announcement. University officials said an...
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Harrison can catch, but won't pitch

August 22, 2008
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Marvin Harrison is a football superstar, but he sure isn’t a commercial superstar. Harrison had a deal with Degree antiperspirant in the late 1990s and another with the Got Milk campaign following the...
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Subway jilts Tony Stewart

August 21, 2008
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is having a pretty bad week. During the same week Stewart was docked 150 points for his team’s efforts to mask his car’s true horsepower at a recent Nationwide...
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Indians' prospect featured in SI

August 21, 2008
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Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew McCutchen is included in a baseball prospects feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated. The print version includes a photo of him shot by team photographer Bill Gentry. SI...
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Crean chasing Hoeppner's record

August 20, 2008
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean hasn’t even coached his first game for the Hoosiers, and he’s already breaking records. Yesterday, Crean signed the richest coaching contract in IU history, a 10-year $23.6...
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Will JMV drive over to The Fan?

August 19, 2008
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A couple things became clear from reader feedback I’ve been getting about a story I wrote regarding dueling sports/talk radio stations for this week’s print edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal. First, fans of WNDE-AM 1260 are much more...
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Colts fans let Lucas hear it

August 19, 2008
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Lucas Oil Products Inc., and its owner Forrest Lucas, are taking a beating from IBJ readers after his request that Indianapolis Colts fans and local media not call the team's new stadium "The Luke." Lucas...
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Indians get attention from ESPN

August 18, 2008
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It just keeps getting better for the Indianapolis Indians this season. With attendance already on its way to eclipsing last season’s total of 586,785, the Tribe is getting a boost from two special...
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Colts creativity rings cash register

August 18, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts sell sponsorships like Peyton Manning throws touchdown passes. A lot of the credit goes to the team’s former sales and marketing boss Ray Compton, who sold everything imaginable...
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Local firm boosts USA Gymnastics

August 15, 2008
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Local marketing firm Three-Sixty Group created an unprecedented ad campaign for USA Gymnastics, aimed at capitalizing on this month’s Olympics. The campaign debuts today with an eight-page insert in USA Today. USA Gymnastics...
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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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