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ESPN hires Mike Wells to help expand Colts coverage

July 26, 2013
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In an odd twist, the veteran NBA beat writer makes the leap to what radio and TV host Dan Patrick frequently calls the Mother Ship to write about a sport where he has little background.
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Former Star sports reporter denies he's headed to ESPN to cover Pacers

July 25, 2013
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The departure of former Indiana University beat writer Terry Hutchens earlier this month and Indiana Pacers beat writer Mike Wells last week comes on the heels of a major reorganization of the state’s largest daily newspaper’s sports department.
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IndyCar leaders feeling vindicated by NASCAR's new TV deal

July 24, 2013
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There is speculation that the new NBC-NASCAR deal could wreak havoc on the IndyCar Series schedule, but IndyCar officials weren’t letting that dampen their spirits Tuesday.
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Do Pocono ratings show IndyCar needs more oval races?

July 22, 2013
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Old-school open-wheel fans are crowing that the ratings of IndyCar's Pocono race mean the series needs more ovals. On some levels, their argument makes a lot of sense. But does that mean changes are coming?
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Ex-Star reporter gains notice as cycling expert

July 18, 2013
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In the two years since publishing his book, “The Belgian Hammer,” Ball State graduate Daniel Lee has become something of a minor celebrity in U.S. and European cycling circles.
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Despite Peyton's return, Colts ticket value still lags

July 17, 2013
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Peyton Manning's return is pushing the value of tickets for the Broncos-at-Colts game to twice as high as any other home game. Despite that boost, the Colts are still in the NFL's bottom half in terms of ticket demand on the secondary market.
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Indy Indians chasing bigger crowds, more money

July 15, 2013
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The Indianapolis Indians are red hot again this year. Not only is the team leading its division with a 61-38 record, but it is also chasing a fifth straight year with an attendance gain and profits that could eclipse $1.6 million.
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It's time for IU's excuse-making to stop

July 11, 2013
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Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has pulled the Hoosiers back from the brink faster than anyone thought he would or could. But now that he has, he and his staff can't answer questions about every stumble by pointing to ghosts of IU's past.
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New Speedway president asked to 'save our track'

July 10, 2013
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After Doug Boles was promoted to Indianapolis Motor Speedway president on Tuesday, one race fan pleaded with him to "save our track!" Does the Speedway really need saving? Some say the situation is that bad or worse.
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Stevens will need 'hide of a rhino' to survive NBA

July 8, 2013
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Brad Stevens could create the next NBA dynasty in Boston. If he doesn't, he'll likely rue the day he left Butler.
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Arrests bring Colts, NFL to edge of deep abyss

July 3, 2013
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At some point, NFL and Colts fans may wonder whom they’re cheering for. They may wonder whose poster their child has on the wall. And they may not like the answer staring back at them.
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IU's Crean praised, criticized following NBA draft

July 1, 2013
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Having two players selected in the top four of last week's NBA draft will only bolster IU Coach Tom Crean's recruiting efforts. But some IU alums are asking how a team with two such players got knocked out of the Sweet Sixteen.
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Indianapolis Star sports department getting major overhaul

June 27, 2013
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The Star sports department is undergoing a major shakeup, including reassignments for some of the paper’s most tenured beat writers—covering the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, IU and Butler.
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Ex-Colt Saturday hires Knight's agent to go after TV gig

June 27, 2013
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Retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday is positioning himself for a national broadcasting job, and he's turning to one of the most high-powered agents to get an edge.
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Colts entering 'new frontier' with locker room video cameras

June 26, 2013
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NFL executives are telling teams to tape pregame, halftime and postgame locker room activity and make content available to fans. The mandate could lead to a tug-of-war between coaches and team business brass.
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Is Victor Oladipo an NBA superstar or safety net?

June 25, 2013
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A polling of NBA general managers shows that IU product Victor Oladipo is their favorite player in this year's draft. But will that be enough to make him the overall No. 1 pick?
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Colts partner with Rock n Roll Marathon promoter to host race

June 20, 2013
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Indy-area runners will have a chance to run through the tunnel and onto the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the first Colts Back to Football Run on Aug. 24. The five-kilometer race will end at the 50-yard line.
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IndyCar trailing far behind NASCAR, F1 in social media outreach

June 19, 2013
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IndyCar’s Twitter and Facebook fan following is another set of numbers Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles must boost to assure the series’ survival.
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Glass has IU standing among college sports Goliaths

June 12, 2013
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If college sports truly is the marketing tool, the so-called front porch to the larger university that sports marketers say it is, Indiana University has quite an opportunity within its grasp. Not to mention some serious scholarship cash.
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NASCAR boldly predicting better racing, more passing at Brickyard 400

June 5, 2013
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NASCAR leaders are meeting with Indy media this week to trumpet the new "racey" Gen-6 car and the end of the processional parade at the Brickyard 400. Message to fans: Expect faster cars and more passing.
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Critical and potentially expensive off-season decisions loom for Pacers

June 4, 2013
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"I'm looking forward to seeing what this team looks like in three months,” Pacers forward David West told reporters following Monday night’s game-seven loss at Miami. So are myriad Pacers fans.
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Indy 500 drivers' failure to mention sponsors inexcusable

May 30, 2013
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During his post-race interview, Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan mentioned his dad, son, Alex Zanardi, and a woman who returned a good-luck medal he gave her nine years ago. All very nice, but those aren’t the people who pay the bills.
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Wilkerson wants 1976 IU team remembered for more than winning games

May 29, 2013
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The death of his brother and a message from God inspired former IU basketball star Bobby Wilkerson to start a venture commemorating the last undefeated men's NCAA Division I basketball team.
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Miles headed for crash with penny-pinching IndyCar team owners?

May 24, 2013
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Mark Miles is talking this week about significant changes and speed records at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's the same talk that was coming from Randy Bernard one year ago. Then Bernard was fired.
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IU, Purdue sign strange chicken sponsorship deals

May 23, 2013
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IU and Purdue sports fans next season will get bombarded with marketing messages from Zaxby’s. The deal is a bit odd given there are no Zaxby's anywhere near West Lafayette, Bloomington or Indianapolis.
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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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