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Poll says Colts are the local fan favoriteRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A newly released 2008 poll shows the Indianapolis Colts thumping the Indiana Pacers in fan support, which isn’t a surprise given the recent fortunes of the teams. But some observers say the numbers are more a reflection of the popularity of the National Football League and the Colts’ Peyton Manning than an indictment of the Pacers.
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Colts extend home sell-out streakRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a ticket price increase, the terrible economy, and an uncertain season ahead, the Indianapolis Colts have sold out of season tickets, assuring the team will extend its sell-out streak to 97 regular-season home games.
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Practice jersey ads could boost ColtsRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Less than a month after National Football League officials announced teams can sell an ad on players' practice jerseys, Indianapolis Colts officials are optimistic they can close a six-figure deal before training camp kicks off in Terre Haute Aug. 2.
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Colts staying at Rose-Hulman for training camp

April 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts are staying at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for training camp. The team has conducted its camp at the Terre Haute school since 1999.
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Simons and Irsays have received enoughRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Taxpayers are in no mood to hand over additional subsidies to our two for-profit sports teams.
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Stern's definition of 'golden age' is laughableRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Bill Benner

Of this, that and the other while wondering if NBA Commissioner David Stern had just taken a hit off Michael Phelps' bong when he proclaimed this to be "the golden age of basketball" during his all-star weekend news conference in Phoenix.

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Finding bright spots amid wave of bad Indy sports newsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Bill Benner
So much sad, bad, disturbing sports news. Time to look on the brighter side.
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It's time for Colts, fans to pay upRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
I agree 100 percent that Colts' owner Jim Irsay should step up to the plate to help bail out the Capital Improvement Board debt and that Colts' ticket holders should be taxed.
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CIB failure isn't an optionRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Creativity and transparency are required to fix the Capital Improvement Board's financial woes.
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An open letter to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim IrsayRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Bill Benner
Jim, you could engender so much good will if you would step forward and provide some short-term relief by paying more toward the operating costs of Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Caldwell was right choice for ColtsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Now it's time to get on the Indianapolis Head Coach Jim Caldwell's bandwagon.
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Colts fans need perspective to go with their angstRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Isn't it always amazing—or, perhaps, not so—that character, class, dignity and integrity always matter so much ... until they don't? And that moment arrives in the instant of unacceptable defeat.
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Sellout streak lifts Colts into NFL eliteRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A statewide marketing plan and an enduring on-field winning record engineered by all-pro quarterback Peyton Manning have put the Indianapolis Colts and their fans among the National Football League's elite in terms of consecutive home sellouts.
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Here are local sports headlines to look for in 2009Restricted Content

January 5, 2009
Bill Benner
Looking into the (near) future of Indiana sports—professional and collegiate.
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Under Armour to sponsor Lucas Oil Stadium eventRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The NFL has signed Maryland-based Under Armour Inc. as the presenting sponsor for the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Naming-rights deal puts Lucas Oil in competitive position

October 20, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Emboldened by the deal he signed to put his company's name on the Indianapolis Colts' new home, Forrest Lucas has launched an arsenal of creative-some would say unorthodox-initiatives to fortify his growing company. Many of them are designed to help Lucas Oil Products Inc. go head to head with the oil industry's biggest players.
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Lucas says please don't call stadium 'The Luke'Restricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Officials for Lucas Oil Products Inc. are imploring fans and media not to refer to the team's new stadium as The Luke, a nickname that has cropped up on sports talk radio shows and been repeated in print and on TV. The nickname seems to be gaining momentum, and that doesn't sit well with Lucas brass already playing defense against New Jersey-based Lukoil Co. California based-Lucas Oil signed a 20-year, $121.5 million naming-rights deal for the Colts' new stadium.


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$720 million stadium will open with big operating deficitRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Jennifer Whitson

Cleaning crews are wiping construction dust from the 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, prepping for the public's first peek at the $720 million venue Aug. 16. But the hard work is only beginning for the city's Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the stadium. The fumbling point: CIB is anticipating a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.


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Irsay sees Polian son as heir apparent; other teams come callingRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Beyond his last name, little is known here about Indianapolis Colts Vice President of Football Operations Chris Polian--even though it's likely he represents the future of the franchise. In National Football League circles, Polian's stock has skyrocketed as league owners have realized there's more to the 36-year-old than his famous last name.
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Colts' suite holders devise ways to maximize boxes' valueRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In a meeting that had more X's and O's than Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy's game-day war room, FedEx District Sales Manager Doug Knowles and his lieutenants decided which clients and prospective clients would be invited to the FedEx suite which game, which FedEx employees would accompany them, and what ancillary activities would be planned.
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Colts build reputation for mastering salary capRestricted Content

August 20, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts lost a slew of popular players in the off-season who were key to the team's Super Bowl run. The defections--though unusual for a championship team--were business as usual for a franchise that has gained a reputation around the league for its bold personnel moves.
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NFL plan puts hit on ColtsRestricted Content

April 9, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A new National Football League policy could cost the Indianapolis Colts $56 million in league revenue sharing in the decade following the opening of Lucas Oil Stadium. The policy puts more pressure on the Colts to compete with revenue-generating giants such as the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
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Colts seize Super moment for marketingRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
With a season-ticket waiting list of more than 13,000--and growing by the hour--the Indianapolis Colts marketing team can settle into cruise control, right? Owner Jim Irsay thinks not.
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Architect of Colts' success worked his way to the topRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Polian, the multi-sport schoolboy athlete from the Bronx, never had the advantage of an inside track. So he broke into the National Football League the only way he knew how: by outworking and outsmarting the competition. By all accounts, Polian, 64 and now president of the Indianapolis Colts, is still at it.
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Super Bowl travel plans mix business, funRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Cory Schouten
Super Bowl XLI has become a can't-miss event for dozens of local business executives and government honchos, who are shelling out several thousand dollars apiece to watch the Feb. 4 game in person.
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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.

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  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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