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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