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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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NCAA, NBA unveils youth hoops pact

April 7, 2008
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The NCAA and National Basketball Association announced today from the site of this year’s Final Four in San Antonio that they are going in business together. As reported in the March 17 Indianapolis Business...
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IRL innovation a life saver

April 7, 2008
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NASCAR rookie Michael McDowell owes Indy Racing League leaders—and especially Tony George—a measure of gratitude. If not for research funded by the IRL and George, and led by the University of Nebraska, McDowell, 23,...
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NCAA tickets trading like stocks

April 4, 2008
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Day traders have infiltrated the sports ticket market. Interest in Yoonew.com, an electronic ticket exchange where fans can trade sports tickets like stocks, is growing in popularity nationwide. The site gets a significant...
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Pacers eye Gordon status

April 4, 2008
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Indiana University freshman Eric Gordon this afternoon is expected to declare himself eligible for the National Basketball Association draft. Whether he could use another year of college seasoning or not, NBA teams are...
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Indians hitting on-line home run

April 4, 2008
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The Indianapolis Indians might be a minor league professional sports team, but the AAA franchise’s Web site is a major league success, team officials said. The Indians are the first local professional sports...
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IRL incorporates sponsor in logo

April 3, 2008
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Today, the Indy Racing League officially announced its sponsorship agreement with DirecTV that was first reported on this site March 27. Sources familiar with the multi-year deal said it is worth $3 million...
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Crean reaches out to Knight

April 3, 2008
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Indiana University’s new men’s basketball coach proved at Marquette he can win games. Now he is proving to be a savvy marketer. Yesterday, during his introductory press conference, Crean lauded and reached out...
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Just Marketing signs BMW deal

April 3, 2008
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Officials for locally based Just Marketing International today announced they finalized a deal this week to work with BMW North American motorsports. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Central to the commitment...
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Crean's staff has Sampson ties

April 2, 2008
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If Indiana University officials sought a clean break from former men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, their hire of Marquette’s Tom Crean failed to do so. Two of Crean’s four assistant coaches have a...
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Who is minding Pacers business?

April 2, 2008
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With former Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh, 67, set to be introduced as the New York Knicks president today at 1 p.m., several questions loom large for the Pacers front office. While the Pacers...
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Surprise: IU picks Crean

April 1, 2008
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Shortly after 4 p.m. today, ESPN reported that Indiana University is preparing to sign Marquette's Tom Crean, 41, as the school's next men's basketball coach. Sources close to the IU coaching search this morning did not mentioned Crean as one of...
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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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