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Year wait expected for start of Wigwam work

September 15, 2014
Associated Press
The developer taking over Anderson's Wigwam gymnasium is expecting to start work at the complex in about a year. The group plans to convert part of the complex into 55 multifamily housing units while maintaining the gym.
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Sports Corp., Speedway make way for new leadership

September 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Anthony Schoetle
The change of guard at Indiana Sports Corp. will take place in late October, giving Ryan Vaughn time to finish out negotiations for the city’s 2015 budget, currently under review by the City-County Council.
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Melangton leaving Sports Corp. for IMS

September 12, 2014
Greg Andrews, Jeff Newman, Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton plans to step down as Indiana Sports Corp. president and will become senior vice president of events with Hulman & Co., parent of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Vaughn, chief of staff to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will succeed Melangton.
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IU to provide business classes tailored to NFL players

September 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The National Football League Players Association this month launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
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Ball State AD leaving for Marquette University

September 9, 2014
Associated Press
Bill Scholl joined Ball State in April 2012 after he spent 23 years in athletics administration at the University of Notre Dame, including the last three as deputy athletic director.
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PGA Tour event returning to Crooked Stick

September 9, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The BMW Championship will tee off again at Carmel's Crooked Stick Golf Club in 2016. In 2012, the event, won by Rory McIlroy, generated $30 million in economic impact for the region.
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As other WNBA teams struggle, Indiana Fever becomes model of stability

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
An aggressive year-round sales effort and the backing of the Indiana Pacers’ owner and top executive have pushed the Indiana Fever to profitability and helped the 15-year-old team become one of the WNBA’s model franchises.
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IndyCar race director leaving after three seasons

September 5, 2014
Associated Press
Beaux Barfield is leaving his role as race director of IndyCar for the same position with the International Motor Sports Association's Tudor United Sports Car Championship Series.
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NCAA asks for dismissal of 2 scholarship lawsuits

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA and 11 conferences that have played major college football in recent years have filed a motion to dismiss two antitrust lawsuits that accuse the association of illegally capping compensation to athletes.
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Lin Dunn's Hall of Fame career comes to an end

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn's postgame meeting with her players Wednesday was unlike any season wrap-up speech she had ever given.
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Colts aim to stay course during Irsay's absence

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
The Colts went back to work Wednesday as team owner Jim Irsay started his six-week suspension by the National Football League, just four days before the season opener against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
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Kokomo lines up team for new baseball stadium

September 3, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
The Kokomo team will be part of the 12-team Prospect League, which features top collegiate players and includes teams in the Indiana cities of Terre Haute and Richmond. Other teams are in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois and West Virginia.
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UPDATE: NFL suspends Irsay for 6 games, fines him $500,000

September 2, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has been suspended for six games and fined a maximum $500,000 by the National Football League for violating the league's personal conduct policy, the NFL said Tuesday.
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St. Vincent considers $14M sports performance facility at Marian

September 2, 2014
Jeff Newman
Marian University, St. Vincent Health and four amateur sports groups have entered into formal discussions that could result in major developments at the northwest-side campus, the university announced Tuesday.
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UPDATE: Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Colts owner Jim Irsay will be on probation for a year and be required to submit to drug tests. His driver's license has been suspended for one year.
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Indians cross home with record attendance blast

September 2, 2014
Mason King
Throwing up big numbers in the bottom of the ninth, the Indianapolis Indians established a new single-season attendance record for Victory Field on Saturday in the team's last home game.
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Colts helping train high school coachesRestricted Content

August 30, 2014
Thanks to $40,000 donated by the Indianapolis Colts, USA Football’s Heads Up Football safety program will be offered to all Indiana high school football coaches in 2015.
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Large crowds buoying pro sports teams

August 30, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s never been a better time to be a professional sports franchise operator in Indianapolis. Season-ticket renewal rates and attendance are near record levels. But some observers wonder whether too much of a good thing could turn into a bad thing if spending on sports outruns growth in the local economy.
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Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay

August 29, 2014
Associated Press
A change of plea hearing has been set for Tuesday for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop.
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Longtime NCAA executive Isch set to retire

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Chief operating officer Jim Isch announced he would retire early next year, a move that is prompting NCAA President Mark Emmert to reorganize his top staff.
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NBA unveils new rules to make baselines safer

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Clearing the congestion behind the playing area was planned even before Indiana Pacer Paul George broke his right leg when he crashed into the stanchion last month during a USA Basketball exhibition game.
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NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. What's unclear is how the NCAA's legal team will attack the ruling.
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Carmel sports marketing firm plans headquarters expansion

August 19, 2014
U/S Sports Advisors said it will spend $1.1 million on an expansion at its Carmel headquarters, increasing employment by 36 jobs by the end of 2018.
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NCAA's strongest argument might be cap limit

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken — the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.
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Colts' Irsay seeks delay of trial on DWI charges

August 18, 2014
Associated Press
An attorney for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay filed the request for the continuance Monday. His trial had been scheduled for Aug. 28.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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