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New Colts quarterback a 'marketer's dream'Restricted Content

May 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Sports marketers call the genuineness and awe-shucks personality of new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew luck a marketer's dream. The line is forming to forge both for-profit and not-for-profit partnerships with the No. 1 NFL draft pick.
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After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimbleRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis media company is on track to have less than $75 million in debt by this summer—down from $1.6 billion before it launched the divestiture of its TV stations seven years ago.
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IU losing journalism dean to Northwestern

May 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Brad Hamm is stepping down as dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism to take the same position at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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MediaSauce co-owner leaves firm, starts new ad agencyRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Magnitude already has landed several big clients, including the Indiana Pacers and Northwestern University.
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Emmis gains extension on NASDAQ listing

April 27, 2012
Jeff Newman
Emmis Communications Corp. shares will remain listed on the NASDAQ exchange at least until Aug. 27 under an extension granted by the well-known stock index.
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Emmis inks two deals for $92.5 million infusion

April 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The news sent Emmis stock soaring 21.5 percent Thursday morning, to $1.05 cents per share. It's the first time Emmis shares have traded above $1 since July.
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Dollar General to sponsor Newgarden in Indy 500

April 24, 2012
Associated Press
Newgarden has been impressive through the first three races this season, and started on the front row of last week's race at Long Beach.
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Indianapolis Woman sold, entire staff released

April 24, 2012
Scott Olson
Weiss Communications Inc. sold the rights to publish the 18-year-old magazine to an unnamed Indiana investment group and fired its entire staff of 14 employees.
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GRAVE: Technology is driving snap impressions

April 21, 2012
Crystal Grave / Special to IBJ
Consumers are researching online before walking in the door.
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Pacers launch big ad campaign at unusual time

April 20, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers this month launched a six-figure advertising campaign—their biggest by far this season—featuring Larry Bird, coach Frank Vogel and a host of players. The blitz comes at an unusual time in the season.
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Carmel arts center makes room for more sponsors

April 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel expects the 2012-13 concert season, announced this week, to bring a healthy bump in sponsor revenue.
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Preferred-shareholder group sues Emmis over restructuring

April 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Emmis Communications Corp. preferred shareholders, unhappy with a company proposal that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends, filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis media firm Monday to try to prevent the move.
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WISH turns Mini Marathon into made-for-TV dramaRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
About 65,000 central Indiana households representing more than 115,000 viewers are expected to tune in to the 3-1/2-hour WISH-TV Channel 8 broadcast of the nation's largest half marathon.
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Skittles joins food brands that become part of tragedy

April 13, 2012
Associated Press
It could've been Starbursts, Twizzlers or Sour Patch Kids. But when Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, he happened to be carrying a bag of Skittles.
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Ryerson retires as editor at Indianapolis Star

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Dennis Ryerson will retire as editor of The Indianapolis Star on June 1 after nine years at the position.
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As commercial stations sputter, WFYI hits the gasRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s public radio and television stations are more than holding their own, even as their commercial brethren continue to suffer from a now-5-year-old economic swoon.
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Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
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Emmis sues Hungary for political interference in radio bids

April 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hungary is being sued for political interference in awarding radio licenses, renewing doubts over press freedoms in the nation as the government tries to convince the European Union that it respects media independence.
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Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal

April 1, 2012
Associated Press
Tribune Broadcasting said there's been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have lost access to certain programming.
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Ex-grocery exec Danny O'Malia providing service advice to sports franchisesRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Danny O'Malia, longtime leader of his family's Indianapolis-based grocery store business, now offers his customer-service-driven advice through his own consulting firm.
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Deal puts Farm Bureau's name on downtown concert venue

March 27, 2012
Farm Bureau Insurance is putting its name on outdoor concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park under a sponsorship agreement with event promoter Live Nation Entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday.
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'Repo Games' TV show to feature Indiana contestants

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson will be heavily featured in a game show that gives residents who are facing a repossession a chance to have their vehicle paid off on the spot by answering questions correctly.
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Emmis asks judge to rule on legality of stock plan

March 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis media company has filed a lawsuit that could prevent preferred shareholders from mounting a court challenge of the plan that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends.
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Pacers George Hill, Paul George launch fan zone, TV showRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
The duo partnered with Gatorade on the promotion, one of the benefits of which is the opportunity to buy a special five-game ticket package.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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