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SPORTS: Pacers look to their roots to reconnect with fansRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Bill Benner
On Oct. 8, the Indiana Pacers are going to treat us older folks to a nostalgic trip. They're going to take on the New Orleans Hornets in a preseason game at the Pepsi Coliseum. Before things like corporate naming rights came along, it was simply known as the Coliseum. It was that "other" basketball venue in town, playing second fiddle to Butler (now Hinkle) Fieldhouse. But when the Pacers entered the American Basketball Association and began dribbling those red, white...
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Greenwood company hits it out of the park: Big League Tours tripled its revenue this yearRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While most Major League Baseball fans are focused on this year's playoffs, local entrepreneur Glenn Dunlap is already thinking about next year. Dunlap formed Greenwood-based Big League Tours in 2006, offering group trips to big-league baseball games and other related attractions. One such trip took swings through games at Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York, and the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Other trips hit fabled ballparks in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and San Francisco....
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SPORTS: Some stop paying, start playing when money's tightRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Bill Benner
Goodness knows, I'm not an economist. One look at my checking account would confirm that. So as my wife and I gather in front of the evening news and try to digest the ups and downs of the stock market along with our dinner, we, like most Americans, can only hope and trust (?) that our wiser (?) government and financial leaders will find a way out of the morass. We're luckier than many. Our children are raised and college...
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Will little transit systems make bigger footprint?: Study to look at economies, new opportunities to grow and coordinate rural bus systemsRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Chris O\'malley
They're overshadowed in all the talk of a commuter rail line and its cosmopolitan allure. And they don't get headlines like Indy-Go does when it launches another route to whisk Carmel and Fishers suburbanites to work downtown. But rural transit providers in the nine doughnut counties quietly generate economic growth by hauling hundreds of thousands of people each year in small buses or vans to doctors' offices, shopping centers and jobs. Suburban businesses have been grousing for years that the...
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Trio of leaders tackles new role at Sports Corp.: Long-timers tapped to mentor young board membersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Three of the Indiana Sports Corp.'s highest-profile board members are stepping down, but that doesn't mean they won't continue to be involved in the organization. ISC President Susan Williams is tapping them to mentor the organization's next generation of leaders. On Sept. 24, at the ISC's annual meeting at Tech High School, George McGinnis, Michael Browning and Jack Swarbrick will be named ISC life members. They are just the second group of ISC life members named, and the first in...
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SPORTS: Time to deflate that which inflated city's imageRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Bill Benner
Last week's column looked ahead to the limitless possibilities of Lucas Oil Stadium. This week's topic is a last look back at the Hoosier/RCA Dome because, this Wednesday, the Dome will be deflated and it will pass forever from our skyline. But not from our memories. Imagine our city without it. There would be no Indianapolis Colts. There likely would be no forthcoming Super Bowl, no Final Fours and no NCAA headquarters. There likely would have been no Pan American...
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SPORTS: Venue menu could be as limitless as the sky above itRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other while pondering the fact that the Indianapolis Colts have not yet been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs: So I'm sitting in Lucas Oil Stadium before that seasonopening loss to the Bears and my mind wanders, not to the present, but to the future. Yes, the stadium already is home to the Colts as well as upcoming NCAA basketball, including a men's regional next spring, the men's Final Four in 2010, and the Women's Final...
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VIEWPOINT: Coach, teach, mentor, make a differenceRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Bill Ehret
I have in my desk a piece of notebook paper. When I unfold it, I see the handwriting of an early-teen boy. It's a letter of apology. The young man who wrote the note played on a middle school football team that I helped coach. A kid with a lot work ing against him, he was a likable guy who worked hard in practice. Unfortunately, he had trouble keeping his grades up. When they fell below eligibility level, he was...
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SPORTS: There's more than one new football field in townRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Bill Benner
Just a few miles north of Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts are to meet the Chicago Bears in their NFL opener, another new football field was seeing its first official action over the weekend. And yes, there is a direct link between the two, as well as the same sense of profound satisfaction that this new field, like LOS, will make a positive and long-lasting difference in our community. Tabernacle Presbyterian Church's youth sports ministry-our own little Miracle on...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Limp economy could slow increase in attorneys' feesRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Greg Andrews
Attorney pay at top-tier firms is like compensation for executives of public companies. Amid hand-wringing, the numbers keep going up and up. The reasons are understandable. Law firm managers feel pressure to raise compensation to attract and retain the best attorneys-and to keep up with what other firms are doling out. The people running those competing firms feel the same pressures, accelerating the upward spiral. Hence, top attorneys in Indianapolis in the most complex practice areas now have hourly rates...
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MotoGP race will give Speedway whole new lookRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Fans walking into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the First MotoGP race there Sept. 14 likely won't recognize the place. Sponsor ads will hang on the inside walls of the track. There will be a host of companies in the hospitality area--including Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati and Repsol--that have never set foot inside the Speedway's grounds.  The motorcycle-specific nature of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will permeate every facet of the event and affects all elements of the host city's planning.


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EYE ON THE PIE: What projects should public finance?Restricted Content

September 1, 2008
Morton Marcus
You name it, Rusty Knale will argue against it. We're at the delicatessen. He buys the hot pastrami on rye. I'm going for the chopped liver on pumpernickel. "I'm wondering," I say, "if the new Honda plant at Greensburg is going to do more for the people of Indiana than Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy." "No," he answers quickly. "Remember that Dean Martin song, 'Memories are made of this'? How many people will the new Colts' stadium hold?" "I hear...
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Racing toward a new biz plan: Goals for USA Track & Field: Raise money; don't drop the batonRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Doug Logan's heart sank as he watched the baton hit the ground on the final exchange of the women's 400-meter relay. Earlier that same night at the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. men's 400-meter relay team had done the exact same thing. Neither team would make it past the semifinal round. Logan, who has been CEO of locally based USA Track & Field since only mid-July, could hear the e-mail box in his Indianapolis office filling up all the way from...
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SURF THIS: This Olympic year, NBC got it right-online and off

September 1, 2008
Jim Cota
I already miss the Olympics. Perhaps due to my overactive patriotic gene, the overdeveloped sports fan gene, or the finetuned sucker-for-agood-story gene (or some combination of all three), I found the entire event strangely compelling. I've paid attention to the Olympics before, but this year it had some captivating affect on me that was altogether new. I found I could watch beach volleyball or fencing with equal enthusiasm. I watched handball matches (which was not at all the game I'd...
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Commentary: Summer mega-events consume usRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Just when I thought I could start getting to bed at a decent hour again after the 2008 Olympics were over, up pops the Democratic National Convention from Denver. I'm not a television watcher. About the only things I find worthwhile on the boob tube are sports, PBS, movies, and arts or cultural programs. The occasional exception might include a cooking show. Like many Americans, I found myself watching the Beijing games late into the night for most of two...
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SPORTS: These football dreams give way to football realityRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Bill Benner
Ball State's Nate Davis makes a run for the Heisman Trophy. Well, a guy can dream, can't he? Truth is, all I'm hoping for at this juncture is that Peyton Manning is healthy for the season opener, Indiana (never look beyond the next play) gets past Western Kentucky, Purdue sends Joe Tiller into retirement on a winning note, Notre Dame rises above national scorn, and Davis becomes known outside the Midwest. In any case, I am definitely ready for some...
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Smaller Indiana gives cultural events a boost: Web site's bloggers share IndyFringe experiencesRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Marc D.
With a mere $11,000 to spend on marketing, IndyFringe Executive Director Pauline Moffat is always on the lookout for low- or no-cost promotional opportunities. So when Pat Coyle, founder of online community smallerindiana.com, approached her about a novel arrangement to spread the word, Moffat jumped at it. The deal was this: The Fringe would give two tickets to each of its festival shows to Smaller Indiana, which would hand them over to members who would write blogs about the performances...
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Goals for USA Track & Field: Raise money; don't drop the batonRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Doug Logan, new CEO of locally based USA Track & Field, knows the organization's challenges reach beyond the disappointments of dropped batons at last month's Beijing Olympics. He wants to review the sport from top to bottom, and plans to announce in the next few weeks formation of a task force that will look at everything from team training camps and the time of the Olympic trials, to forming a series of events in the United States culminating in a series championship.

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Wet spring, slow economy slice into area golf businessRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
On a typical Saturday at Smock Golf Course on the city's south side, visitors are treated to a symphony of thwacks, pings and the occasional plunk. In good or bad economic times, it seems, people in Indiana and across the country have always played golf. But these days, the sound of that symphony has waned. Nationwide, the number of rounds of golf played through the first half of this year is down 2 percent from last year. In Central Indiana, the situation is worse.
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NCAA mum on date to reopen fire-damaged Hall of ChampionsRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Sam Stall

Almost a full year after a fire in a single exhibit closed the NCAA Hall of Champions, the wait for the college sports museum's reopening is becoming as prolonged and agonizing as sitting through a college football game during a freezing November rain. The NCAA is apparently in no hurry to relieve the suspense.

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NOTIONS: Got gold? Share the wealth with your Jason LezakRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Like hundreds of millions of other people around the world, I've been watching the Olympics on TV. Like most Americans among those viewers (especially NBC executives), I was pulling for swimmer Michael Phelps to win eight gold medals and surpass the record seven set by Mark Spitz in 1972. As everyone not buried under a rock knows by now, Phelps succeeded in his quest, but only by the narrowest of margins and only with considerable help from his teammates. Thus,...
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Firm helps area high schools sell themselvesRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Continental Enterprises, an intellectual property consulting firm, launched a service this summer to help area high schools register their logos, names and mascots as trademarks and establish licensing programs, assuring that schools will get a cut of all merchandise sales bearing their mark. This month, North Central High School, one of the state's largest, signed with Continental, and six to eight more schools are expected to follow suit within 60 days.


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SPORTS: Let the 'greatest athlete ever' debate beginRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Bill Benner
Back from vacation with thoughts of this, that and the other: Even as my bride and I traveled through the magnificent scenery of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, our nightly ritual was the same as that of millions of other Americans: making sure we were in front of the television to watch the Olympics. And yes, especially, Michael Phelps. Some have rushed to proclaim him the greatest Olympian of all time and, certainly, the argument can be made if you look...
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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilities

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
IUPUI is grappling with how to pay for upkeep and improvements necessary to keep its three world-class athletic facilities—and the city—in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.
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IUPUI faces tough decisions over aging sports facilitiesRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

From 1979 to 1982, IUPUI inherited three world-class athletic facilities that have since hosted Olympic trials and world-record performances by top-flight amateur and professional athletes. But that inheritance has turned into a financial albatross around the university's neck. It's grappling with how to pay for their upkeep and the improvements necessary to keep the facilities--and the city--in the hunt for high-profile sporting events.


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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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