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City, NCAA forge 30-year event pact

March 20, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
It started as a meeting seven years ago between the NCAA, city and state officials, representatives of the Indiana Sports Corp. and a few others. The result was an agreement assuring Indianapolis hosts a major NCAA event every year between now and 2039.
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BENNER: A bigger--and better--Final Four awaits fansRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Over and above its predecessors, this year's event is going to blow you away.
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Big Ten tourney attendance rises by nearly 20 percent

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Organizers credit stronger ticket-selling efforts and new promotions for boosting attendance to more than 81,000, the highest it's been since the tournament became an annual event in Indianapolis.
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Speedway, F1 discussing race's return to Indianapolis

March 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Officials from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Formula One say they're in discussions to bring a Formula One race back to the city. F1 left the city in 2007 after an eight-year run.
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Future of Big Ten tourneys in city unclear after 2012

March 11, 2010
Scott Olson
The Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments will be held in Indianapolis the next two years, but the conference's future in the city is uncertain after 2012.
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NCAA tournament committee focused on 65, not 96

March 11, 2010
Associated Press
The NCAA is discussing whether to expand the 65-team men's basketball tournament, a topic with no shortage of controversy and opinions.
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NCAA Tournament may cost employers $1.8B in lost work

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Annual unscientific survey does not take into account that many employees who participate in office pools devote extra time to finishing their responsibilities.
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Hoosier Hysteria history available on demand

March 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bright House Networks, Comcast offer digital cable subscribers access to classic IHSAA boy's basketball title games.
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Local officials interested in hosting NBA All-Star Game

February 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
With Lucas Oil Stadium and other new city amenities to show off, local sports and tourism officials are considering making a bid for the NBA's midseason blowout weekend.
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Super Bowl most-watched TV show ever

February 8, 2010
Associated Press
The Super Bowl was watched by more than 106 million people, surpassing the 1983 finale of "M*A*S*H" to become the most-watched program in television history.
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Concern for 2012 Super Bowl intensifies

February 8, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Labor meetings in Miami over the weekend did little to dispel speculation that the souring relationship between NFL players and owners could jeopardize the 2012 Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Businesses walk fine line when supporting Colts

February 5, 2010
Scott Olson
As Super Bowl approaches, companies unaffiliated with the Colts avoid becoming victims of the NFL's strict trademark-enforcement policies by supporting the team in generic fashion.
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Indiana politicians consider Super Bowl ticket offer

February 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The big question for many politicians isn't about ethics. Rather, it's whether to shell out $800 per ticket, plus hotel costs and airfare.
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Super Bowl legacy project taking shape on east side

February 3, 2010
Scott Olson
A revitalization project that helped Indianapolis land the 2012 Super Bowl is beginning to take shape. Organizers hope to build and rehab about 300 housing units, including the Jefferson Apartments "homeownership incubator."
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CBS sells out Super Bowl advertising slots

February 2, 2010
Bloomberg News
More than a dozen first-timers will kick off ad campaigns with spots purchased during the Super Bowl on Sunday, making up for holes left by Priceline.com and Toyota.
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A tale of two quarterbacks: Sizing up Manning and Brees

January 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
From their career paths to their paychecks, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and New Orleans Saints signal caller Drew Brees are miles apart in many ways. But there also are some intriguing parallels between the men who led their teams to Super Bowl XLIV.
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Super Bowl scarf-knitting, green programs unveiled for 2012

January 29, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
The 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled two unique programs bent on culling the state for a diverse volunteer base. But one well-known local black activist said the effort isn't good enough.
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Unsung Manning sibling a player in investment field

January 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
Cooper Manning, brother of Super Bowl winners Peyton and Eli, is a big success in his own right as a broker of energy stocks. But you'll rarely hear him mention the sibling connection to his clients, or that he's buddies with Drew Brees.
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NFL conference title games draw most viewers since 1980s

January 25, 2010
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Colts' win over the New York Jets on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers, the most for an American Football Conference title game since Patriots-Dolphins in 1986.
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Colts give local economy a kick

January 25, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl run giving downtown hotels, restaurants and retailers a multi-million-dollar boost.
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Uncertainty over 2012 Super Bowl puts hotels in a bind

January 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At issue is a dispute pitting NFL players against owners, and owners against one another over how league revenue should be divided. If it isn't resolved, the 2011 season could be shortened, delayed or canceled.
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Indianapolis still in hunt to be World Cup host

January 12, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis was one of 18 cities included in United State's bid to host World Cup Soccer event in 2018 or 2022.
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Lucas Oil Stadium lease for Final Four is on CIB's front burner

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president of basketball and business strategies, said the deal needs tweaking because Lucas Oil Stadium was in the conceptual stages when Indianapolis won the bid to host the 2010 Final Four.
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Atlanta dates set for former Indy tennis event

December 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
As first reported by IBJ on Nov. 28, the men's tennis event that is leaving Indianapolis is heading to Atlanta, the ATP confirmed.
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Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

December 12, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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