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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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Super Bowl win not necessarily profitableRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
If the Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl Feb. 4, team owner Jim Irsay will be going deep into his pocket. Contrary to popular belief, winning the Super Bowl is not a huge financial windfall--at least not in the near term for the team and its owner.
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Blue Crew Sports Grill beating the odds

January 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Being an Indianapolis Colts fan doesn't mean you will necessarily succeed at running a Colts-themed restaurant, but Blue Crew Sports Grill owners Randy Collins, Dan Dilbeck and Everett Myers aren't ordinary fans. They are three pillars on which one of the National Football League's biggest fan clubs has been built.
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Sympathy for New Orleans may ruin Indy's Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

November 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The stiff competition facing Indianapolis' bid for the 2011 Super Bowl just got stiffer. Besides Glendale, Ariz., and Dallas, New Orleans officials have told NFL officials and team owners they want to host the championship game again as part of the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
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Colts plan to let sponsors decorate portions of stadiumRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts are giving sponsors a chance to help design the interior of Lucas Oil Stadium. The newly announced sponsorship packages, which parcel out naming and design rights for 12 parts of the stadium, are expected to generate up to $10 million a year for the franchise.
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IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

January 16, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.
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