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BENNER: Indy 500 still a passion play for the paying customerRestricted Content

May 31, 2012
Bill Benner
For this Indy guy, there is nothing that says Indy—or Indiana—like the Indy 500.
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BENNER: Will playoff-fueled Pacer passion last until November?Restricted Content

May 26, 2012
Bill Benner
Curious, isn’t it, that Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger plays the “we don’t get any national respect” card when he, in particular, and his team, in general, spent virtually all of this past National Basketball Association season not getting much in the way of local respect?
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BENNER: Violence in sports is supply meeting our demand to winRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Bill Benner
The recent suicide of former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau is the latest exclamation point to growing concern about the violence that is part of football, especially in the NFL.
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BENNER: With MSA, Lugar brought Pacers and sports downtownRestricted Content

May 12, 2012
Bill Benner
Without Sen. Richard Lugar, we might not have the Pacers.
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BENNER: Let's hope Indiana-Kentucky rivalry won't be gone longRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Bill Benner
I root for two teams: Indiana, and whoever's playing Kentucky.
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BENNER: It's too late to turn back clock on single-class basketballRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Bill Benner
It's funny in a way, too, when I hear folks from elsewhere trying to redefine those things that make/made us real Hoosiers.
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BENNER: Vogel, Bird should get nod for coach, exec of the yearRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Bill Benner
Really, has there been a more surprisingly successful team during this chaotic, shortened season?
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BENNER: Shaheen departure doesn't diminish Final Four success storyRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Bill Benner
I am often asked to give presentations recounting the success of the Indianapolis sports strategy. Of course, I speak to the event history and infrastructure investments going all the way back to the construction of Market Square Arena in 1974. But I also talk about the human impact.
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BENNER: New Orleans a success, but Final Four leaves mixed emotionsRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Bill Benner
Perhaps those of us who are not exactly Kentucky fans should be happy that the likes of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Indy's own Marques Teague won't stay for four years,
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BENNER: Indiana Sports Corp. scores; Pacers need butts in seatsRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Bill Benner
Thoughts on this, that and the other.
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BENNER: The rest of the Manning story will be told on the fieldRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Bill Benner
There is one test Peyton Manning hasn’t passed yet: He has not been hit in nearly two years by a blitzing opponent.
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BENNER: Hall of Fame selectors are finally honoring ABA greatsRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Bill Benner
Feel free to congratulate former Indiana Pacers star Mel Daniels on his long-overdue selection to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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BENNER: Manning departure hurts, but life goes onRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Bill Benner
Peyton Manning’s presence in Indy has been profound, his stamp on this city indelible. He was—and is—a class act.
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BENNER: List of best sports palaces had just one Hoosier entryRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Bill Benner

On a recent list of great sports venues, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not included. Are you kidding me?

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BENNER: Adults should hold fans and athletes accountableRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Bill Benner
Those of you have followed my ramblings over the years may be surprised to learn there are a few things on which I agree with former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight.
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BENNER: What's next on city's sports calendar? PlentyRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Bill Benner
The city should aggressively pursue Olympic Trials for 2016.
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BENNER: Calling out some special people for a super effortRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Bill Benner
She was atop an eight-story perch for a ride that had come to symbolize the free-spirited, all-out fun, wheeeeeee! atmosphere Indy had stamped upon America's biggest sporting event
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BENNER: We need not have panicked after losing 2007 bidRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Bill Benner
Remembering the overblown reaction when the Super Bowl passed us by.
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BENNER: While enjoying Super Bowl, remember Stan MallessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Bill Benner
Stan was 97 when he passed. His name long ago slipped from the newspapers and local broadcasts. His monument was the Indianapolis Tennis Center.
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BENNER: 'Nice' doesn't earn you a place on the sidelineRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Bill Benner
Let the record show I renewed my Indianapolis Colts season tickets before Jim Caldwell was fired as head coach. But I do feel a sense of affirmation.
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BENNER: NCAA suffers under the sport it can't controlRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Bill Benner
The oft-maligned NCAA absorbs much of its criticism from football.
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BENNER: No tears shed for Polian the elder's Colts exitRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Bill Benner
I'm shocked that Peyton Manning is shocked.
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BENNER: A lot more is in store in 2012 than just the Super Bowl

December 31, 2011
Bill Benner
Just a warning: Even if we catch a week of sunny skies and temps in the 40s, some will be unhappy.
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BENNER: Taking stock of memorable sports moments of 2011Restricted Content

December 24, 2011
Bill Benner
A look back at the great, the good, the bad, the ugly and the worst of our year in sports.
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BENNER: Pacers replace Colts as object of our optimismRestricted Content

December 15, 2011
Bill Benner
It would take at least another season like this for the Colts to experience the amount of ill will that has been tossed the Indiana Pacers' way.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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