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Pacers coach takes to streets to combat homelessnessRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Even with the NBA draft approaching, Pacers coach Jim O'Brien makes time for his duties as a board member and on-the-ground volunteer for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. A strong commitment to community service runs in the coach's family.
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If Pacers left, would these kids get help they need?Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Bill Benner
Combined forcesâ??the gifts of time, treasure and inspiration from the athlete in concert with the programming, dedication and outreach of community leadersâ??can change the direction of young lives.
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No playoffs, but plenty of positives for PacersRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Bill Benner
Without question, the Pacers' road back to contending status remains decidedly uphill, but they have the talents of Danny Granger and other strong players and have worked hard to gain community support.
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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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Let's hear it for BirdRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
If there is any one individual who can turn around the Pacer organization and the NBA, remember, Bird is the word.
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Pacers' owners deserve accolades, not scornRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Bill Benner
Indiana residents should be thanking Herb and Mel Simon for their multitude of contributions to the state, instead of bashing them.
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Taking Sycamores to final looks easy in retrospectRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Bill Benner
It might have been easier for Larry Bird to lead the championship game of the NCAA's men's basketball tournament 30 years ago with those improbable underdog Sycamores than to right the ship he's steering as president of basketball for the Indiana Pacers now.
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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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Simons don't need our financial helpRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The most important piece of leverage Mayor Ballard has in negotiating with the Pacers is being willing to let them go.
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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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Pacers Foundation keeps givingRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Pacers Foundation Inc. eclipsed more than $700,000 in giving in 2008, according to Pacers Foundation Executive Director Jami Marsh.
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Pacers: We've lost money 9 of last 10 yearsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Swamped by financial losses that go back to the time Herb and Mel Simon bought the Indiana Pacers in 1983, team officials are now looking for a new game plan—one that may involve financial assistance from taxpayers and visitors.
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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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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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Indiana b-ball programs back on trackRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
With both the NBA and college basketball seasons under way, Indiana's two namesake programs are coming back to life in a big way.
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Pacers, Ivy Tech join forces to offer scholarshipsRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
The Indiana Pacers and Ivy Tech Community College have teamed to offer six statewide scholarships to Ivy Tech students.
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Pacers, Clarian Health offer free health screeningsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
On Oct. 31, the Indiana Pacers announced a partnership with Clarian Health to improve health awareness for area residents.
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Pacers reforms, new Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA 2010 tournament boost Indy's sports reputationRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bill Benner
The Pacers opening victory, new game innovations at Conseco Fieldhouse and retaining Danny Granger are bright spots in the city's vast sports scene.
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Pacers cut costs, boost marketing to break even within three yearsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The Indiana Pacers are ratcheting up sales and marketing initiatives while cutting costs elsewhere in an effort to simultaneously ride out the economic storm and boost attendance. The team has little hope of being profitable this year-or even breaking even, said Pacers President Jim Morris, but he added that within three years the franchise's financial status should be much improved.


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Q&A: Herb Simon takes charge, says family is committed to PacersRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Herb Simon is taking a new hands-on approach with the Indiana Pacers, which he co-owns with his brother, Melvin. In response to a string of losing seasons and off-court mishaps involving players, Simon is transforming himself from a behind-the-scenes owner into a visible figure intent on reconnecting the franchise with the community that once adored it.
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Simons won't discuss succession plans for Pacers ownershipRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Recently announced changes to the Indiana Pacers' front office leave questions about the team's long-term ownership unanswered. While Larry Bird, Pacers director of basketball operations, is set to take over for CEO Donnie Walsh at season's end, there is no indication what succession strategy, if any, exists for replacing team owners Mel Simon, 81, and Herb Simon, 73.
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Oprah's beau advises struggling Pacers on image managementRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Best-selling author Stedman Graham says professional athletes should think of themselves as "a corporation unto themselves." Graham--perhaps best known as television star Oprah Winfrey's boyfriend--brought that message to the Indiana Pacers during a three-hour private seminar in late January designed to get the players to rethink the importance of their individual images.
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Pacers falls into last place in NBA home attendanceRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers have hit rock bottom. This month, the team slipped into last place in average home attendance among the 30 National Basketball Association teams, falling behind the New Orleans Hornets, a team that is selling tickets in an area still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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Pacers put no limits on MorrisRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The fact that Pacers Sports and Entertainment has tapped Jim Morris as special adviser shows how daunting the franchise's challenges have become, marketing experts say. They say the team's problems on and off the court have shrunk its fan base and weakened support among business and government leaders.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

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  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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