Professional Athletes

NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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Irsay ready to begin negotiations on Manning deal

January 18, 2011
Associated Press
Peyton Manning is expected to get a pay raise next season. Oft-injured safety Bob Sanders may have to take a pay cut, and longtime Colts running backs coach Gene Huey is looking for a new job.
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NFL owners start planning for possible lockout

December 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts—and the team’s National Football League brethren—this month laid out plans for how teams would refund money to season-ticket buyers in the event owners lock out players and games are canceled next season.
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Language Training Center finds lucrative niche in sportsRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Women's golf tour, other sports properties turn to local firm for language, cultural skills
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Danica Patrick reaches NASCAR deal, source says

December 7, 2009
Associated Press
Last week, Patrick signed a three-year contract extension with Andretti Autosport to stay in the IndyCar series, but its schedule gives her enough time to also try NASCAR.
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Sources: City will lose professional tennis tournament

November 28, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships—formerly known as RCA Championships—appear to be dead, with the ATP Tour dates being shipped off to Atlanta for 2010 and beyond.
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Indianapolis Colts, other small-market NFL teams at risk if salary cap ends

October 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The prospect of a 2010 National Football League season without a players’ salary cap could cause high-profile free agents for the Colts and other small-market teams to gallop off for greener pastures.
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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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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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Professional athletes are too selfishRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Professional athletes make millions of dollars, but are reluctant to help those who need them.
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Gun owners, athletes or not, must be responsibleRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Bill Benner
I don't begrudge those who legally obtain and carry guns, whether their intended use is hunting or self-protection, and I question the media frenzy that erupted after New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress was arrested for carrying a weapon without a New York license.
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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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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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Players' desire to shorten season could doom RCA ChampionshipsRestricted Content

July 17, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Officials for the WTA, which represents women professional players, and the ATP, which represents men, are considering shortening the lengthy tennis calendar by imposing a short offseason-possibly a three-week, midyear respite that would collide with the RCA Championships.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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