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Councilor launches opposition to Georgia Street renaming

September 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Democrat City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield has submitted a resolution that urges Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to "cease and desist from all efforts to rename Georgia Street."
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Irsay blazing a trail through TwitterRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts' Jim Irsay is among only a handful of NFL owners tweeting and has three times as many followers as such high-profile owners as the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones. His offbeat tweets are seen as marketing genius by some. Others wonder if they ramble a bit too far out of bounds or undermine Irsay's staff.
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Judge tosses wrongful-firing suit against Pacers owner

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
A lawsuit by a nanny and a chauffeur against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife has ended with a judge's written ruling confirming that the employees failed to prove their claims of mistreatment.
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Class in Hoosier hospitality launched for Super Bowl

September 10, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The class is being launched Oct. 3 with the goal of getting tens of thousands of front-line hospitality workers—from hoteliers, caterers and restaurant servers to cab drivers and airport employees—prepared for the barrage of Super Bowl visitors coming in February.
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Indians continue string of attendance increasesRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
For the season, the city's minor-league baseball team drew 580,082 fans to Victory Field over 71 home dates. The franchise has posted year-over-year attendance increases in four of the last five seasons.
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Manning out indefinitely after latest neck surgery

September 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is likely to be sidelined for at least eight weeks and possibly all season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months.
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City would take hit if NBA labor strife cancels seasonRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis might find out soon what life would be like without the Indiana Pacers and it won’t be good, say downtown business owners, government officials, marketing experts and sports economists.
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Colts to keep camp in Anderson for 5 more years

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they had agreed to a five-year deal that will keep training camp at the Division III school northeast of Indianapolis through 2016.
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Trial starts in nanny's suit against Pacers owner

August 1, 2011
Associated Press
A nanny who worked for Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife testified in a wrongful-firing case Monday that the couple knew of her tumultuous life, but decided to keep her on their staff.
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UPDATE: Players vote to OK deal to end NFL lockout

July 25, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4½-month lockout.
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Pacers: Lockout won't sting employees, ticket holders

July 22, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers don't plan to lay off staff, and they are promising to pay ticket holders cash, plus interest, if any NBA games are canceled during the upcoming season due to the lockout.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Pacers' new coach preaches overachieving

July 20, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vogel_WatchVideoWhy base the team's identity on a scene from "Rocky"? Is he soft on discipline? What "stupid human tricks" can he perform? Frank Vogel has answers.
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Bush Stadium rehab is Watson's latest creative projectRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Katie Maurer
Longtime Indianapolis developer launches spirited attempt to save baseball palace.
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2012 Super Bowl merchandise unveiled

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Items ranging from T-shirts and sweat shirts to mugs and pennants are available exclusively through ColtsProShop.com, at the Colts ProShop in Lucas Oil Stadium and at Circle Centre mall.
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Pacers TV ratings increase even as attendance dips

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Viewership for Pacers games on Fox Sports increased 35 percent this year over last, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research.
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Pacers to keep Bird as president

May 10, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that they will keep Bird as team president after he met with owner Herb Simon in Los Angeles.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Indians boss still having a ball

April 20, 2011
Mason King
LQ Schumacher watch videoWhat's the secret to baseball profitability? Why is the offseason so important? Franchise President Max Schumacher fields questions.
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Butler's Mack to test NBA waters without agent

April 12, 2011
Bloomberg News
Butler University junior guard Shelvin Mack will declare for the NBA draft, but not hire an agent, keeping his college eligibility as he considers his options.
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Indians renew TV deal for home games

March 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
All 72 home games for the Indianapolis Indians are scheduled for broadcast on Comcast's Xfinity and Bright House Networks.
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CIB, Colts dispute stadium concession expenses

March 15, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Colts and its stadium manager, the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County, are squabbling over who pays certain concession expenses. The dispute ultimately could reach arbitration, if an agreement is not reached.
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Colts owner wants negotiations, not litigation

March 14, 2011
Associated Press
Jim Irsay said Monday he's "optimistic" the league will not lose the 2011 season or next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of the lockout, though he is "disappointed" that players have resorted to making their case through the legal system.
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NFL, players face expiration of labor contract

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
With the NFL on the brink of its first work stoppage in nearly a quarter of a century, Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met at a federal mediator's office Friday, the day the league's twice-extended labor contract was set to expire.
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Indians' new ticketing partner could drive further spike in attendanceRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The baseball franchise dumped Ticketmaster for another sales management firm that charges buyers lower fees.
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BENNER: Enabled by us, the rich squabble over billionsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Bill Benner
How can Indianapolis, and cities throughout America, continue to feed the beast that is sports?
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NFL, union agree to 24-hour deadline extension

March 3, 2011
Associated Press
The NFL and the players' union decided Thursday to keep the current collective bargaining agreement in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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