Benner/Sports

Pacers hire sports writer, exec Bill Benner as senior VP

November 6, 2013
Jeff Newman
The Longtime Indianapolis sports journalist and executive has left the Horizon League to join Pacers Sports & Entertainment as senior vice president of corporate, community and public relations.
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BENNER: Love thy enemy? We’ll find out when Peyton returns to Indy

October 12, 2013
The return of No. 18 is almost upon us. Everyone has been looking ahead to Peyton Manning versus the Colts since the schedule was announced in the spring.
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BENNER: Regrettably, not all iconic sports venues can be savedRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Bill Benner
Venues mean something. More than bricks and steel and concrete, if done right, they ooze character and provide a sense of special place.
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BENNER: Eager for college football—and hoping it won’t implodeRestricted Content

August 24, 2013
Bill Benner
The game could suffer under the weight of its popularity and financial might.
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BENNER: Extraordinary Pete Dye course moves into spotlightRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Bill Benner
Sitting atop a 1,000-foot hill overlooking the town and offering vistas of 30 miles, the Dye course is a breathtaking emerald gem, the result of both the incredible topography and the mad genius of Indiana’s own Mr. Dye.
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BENNER: One Hoosier tradition is back; another has miles to go

May 25, 2013
Bill Benner
The Indiana Pacers have returned from the depths, but the Indianapolis 500 might never reclaim its glory.
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BENNER: IndyCar must kiss the past goodbye, embrace bold ideasRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Bill Benner
Robin Miller pronounced the idea of a season-ending race on the Speedway’s road course as the dumbest of all the dumb things that have happened over the years. I respectfully disagree.
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BENNER: Hicks vs. Knicks reprise would turn buzz into roarRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Bill Benner
Seeing Spike Lee in the front row at a recent Knicks game reminded me how exciting it would be to see the old rivalry revived.
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BENNER: Reflection, but no solutions, after yet another tragedyRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Bill Benner
As I cradled my new granddaughter, I couldn’t help but wonder—again—just what kind of world we had welcomed her into.
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BENNER: Musings from the road to (and from) The Final FourRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Rutgers coach Mike Rice scored almost as much attention as the champion quartet of teams.
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BENNER: Of many shining moments, one could have shone brightestRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Bill Benner
Some years stand out as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA tournament.
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BENNER: Criticism heaped on NCAA takes toll on rank-and-fileRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Bill Benner
The list of lightning-rod issues is long and, unfortunately, growing.
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BENNER: Can Crean handle winning as well as he handled losing?Restricted Content

March 16, 2013
Bill Benner
He has made Indiana basketball nationally relevant again. Yet with that relevance comes responsibility.
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BENNER: From the NBA to the Big Ten, putting butts in seats is kingRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Bill Benner
Even watching the game from home on ESPN, a casual observer might have thought Bankers Lie Fieldhouse was a neutral court.
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BENNER: Bird’s faith in Lance Stephenson now looks well-placedRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Bill Benner
I guarantee he’s closely watching the team he assembled and has a trained eye on the 22-year-old.
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BENNER: College hoops would benefit from less hacking and floppingRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Bill Benner
I'm worried about where the game seems to be heading. Where's the rhythm and flow?
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BENNER: Think of Speedway's tax push as a request for reimbursementRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Bill Benner
I don't begrudge the Speedway asking for help. But will there be additional return on investment?
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BENNER: Pack rat and sports fan is a most dangerous combinationRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Bill Benner
This is about possession obsession. Mine.
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BENNER: Professional soccer's time here may have finally comeRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Bill Benner
...Of course, you often heard the same refrain during the '70s, '80s, '90s and into the new millennium.
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BENNER: When our heroes fail, we love to take it personallyRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Bill Benner
Few things rouse us more than a fall from grace, and the more precipitous, the better. Sports so deliciously delivers grist for our grindstone time and again.
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BENNER: The sports year 2013 has a hard act to followRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Bill Benner
In sports, as soon as you think you have the answers, new questions arise. The test never stops. Then again, I’m sure you business types will say, “Hey, it’s like that where we reside, too.”
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BENNER: If NBA won't eliminate'one-and-dones,' NCAA shouldRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Bill Benner
Let the young phenoms find another path to the NBA.
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BENNER: 2012 had an abundance of moments to savorRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Bill Benner
The spices of sports come from the unpredictable outcomes, the ability to rise above adversity, and the comebacks from the depths.
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BENNER: Gifts of joy surround us even in times of sadness

December 22, 2012
Bill Benner
One week before Christmas, I found my spirits lifted and my soul inspired: We are much more about the good and light of this world than we are about the evil and dark.
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BENNER: Arlington girls dealt hard—but valuable—life-long lessonRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Bill Benner
The score was 107-2. I repeat: 107-2.
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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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