Sports Business

Events facing higher costs at Lucas Oil Stadium: Venue managers also bracing for additional expensesRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Local big-draw events are itchy to make their first-ever runs in the $675 million Lucas Oil Stadium, in hopes the roomier venue will let them draw more attendees who want to kick the tires and enjoy the new stadium smell. But there's a trade-off-a bigger price tag to cover security guards, ushers and cleanup. And at least one event is weighing higher ticket prices as a result. "I don't think there's any doubt [Lucas Oil Stadium] will cost more based...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: What we can learn from our kids' summer activitiesRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Mike Hicks
Summer is at its midpoint, and with it comes the end of youth baseball, scout camp and a seemingly endless string of swim meets for the Hicks household. Like many of you out there, I welcome a few more quiet evenings at home. But during those long third-inning stretches and sleepless evenings in a tent, I spent some time calculating how much we value these youth sports and activities. You might be surprised what this math tells us about ourselves....
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Ice Miller attorney departs, takes sports practice with himRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Sports agent Andrew "Buddy" Baker has left locally based law firm Ice Miller and is taking with him the firm's sports division, IM Sports Services, which he wants to develop into a giant agency with a national reach. Baker's new firm, Exclusive Sports Group, starts with a list of high-profile clients.
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SPORTS: Pacers are walking a tightrope-and doing it wellRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Bill Benner
The Indiana Pacers, abandoned by so many, are re-establishing their relevance. Given up for dead, the Pacers have a pulse. Leading them out of the wilderness is the hands-on owner, Herb Simon; the thoughtful, prudent and brilliant community leader, Jim Morris; and our Indiana basketball icon, Larry Bird. The draft-night wheeling and dealing created an instant buzz about the Pacers, the most positive since the brawl in 2004. It showed that, if I may lean on the cliché, there is...
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Sports Corp. made city a sports giant, but real estate plans fell shortRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Cory Schouten
Construction of Pan Am Plaza in the mid-1980s was a major step in the evolution of Indianapolis into a sports town worthy of hosting a Super Bowl. But the office building, parking garage, skating rinks and public gathering place came up short over the years in other ways for both taxpayers and developer, the Indiana Sports Corp.
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Major moves to keep more patients on home turf: Hospital hires two ortho surgeons, changes nameRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
J.K. Wall
Nearly three-quarters of orthopedics patients in Shelby County have gone to an Indianapolis hospital to receive care. Now, Major Hospital in Shelbyville wants to keep more of those patients at home. By next June, the hospital will build a $7 million orthopedics center that will house two orthopedic surgeons. They will begin building their practices in Shelbyville next month. The play for orthopedics patients throws Major into a pitched battle among Indianapolis-area hospitals. Surging numbers of patients need new hips...
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SPORTS: Lamentations-and a recommendation-for old IURestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Bill Benner
Adam Herbert, who may go down as the sorriest presidential hire in the history of the Big Ten, is nowhere to be seen, those velvety crimson jumpsuits disappearing about the same time Sampson was shown the door. Certain members among the IU trustees-who so violated the trust part of their duties, first in hiring Herbert and then in bringing in Sampson-are not about to step up and take responsibility for their actions. I guess it will all come out some...
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Candidates surface for IU's athletic director jobRestricted Content

July 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Well-known names are bubbling to the top as speculation heats up about who will replace embattled Indiana University Athletic Director Rick Greenspan and how much money the job will command. Greenspan announced June 26 that he'll step down at the end of the year. The decision came after the NCAA added to the list of charges facing IU's men's basketball program over rules violations under former Coach Kelvin Sampson.
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Q&A: Herb Simon takes charge, says family is committed to PacersRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Herb Simon is taking a new hands-on approach with the Indiana Pacers, which he co-owns with his brother, Melvin. In response to a string of losing seasons and off-court mishaps involving players, Simon is transforming himself from a behind-the-scenes owner into a visible figure intent on reconnecting the franchise with the community that once adored it.
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SPORTS: A 40-year hacker tries playing golf the right wayRestricted Content

June 30, 2008
Bill Benner
Every December, my wife and daughters ask the inevitable question, "What do you want for Christmas?" I always reply, "world peace." Otherwise, I've been blessed with an abundance of stuff. No sense adding to the pile. But this past December, I actually got something that transcended a want. It was a need. Golf lessons. Like, from a pro. I've been chasing the little white pill around the pasture for 40 years. I'm selftaught and it shows. I picked up a...
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Big NCAA swim event might land in cityRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The NCAA is considering bringing its men's and women's Division I, II and III championships together for one big festival of swimming, and the IUPUI Natatorium is a leading candidate to be the permanent site of the annual event.
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SPORTS: I'm hanging onto my belief in honest outcomesRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Bill Benner
Other than the occasional NASCAR race and, notably, professional wrestling, I choose not to believe in orchestrated outcomes and conspiracy theories when it comes to sports. OK, I'm just kidding about NASCAR. Well, sort of. Anyway, I defended that belief even as I was being besieged by Pacers fans- back when the Pacers were the local team of choice and favor-who were convinced NBA Commissioner David Stern and his minions were preventing our small-market darlings from reaching the NBA Finals...
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SPORTS: Before ESPN, there was McKay and 'Wide World'Restricted Content

June 16, 2008
Bill Benner
It might be a bit over the top to say that a man I met only once and barely knew had a profound influence on my life, but that's how I felt about Jim McKay. Thus, when I tuned in to view the Belmont Stakes on June 7 and the lead story was not of Big Brown's (failed) bid for the Triple Crown but of Jim McKay's passing at the age of 86, I admit I felt a sudden pang...
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Purdue joins Conexus on manufacturing, logistics effort: University, advocacy group predict evolving industryRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Scott Olson
An advocacy group formed a year ago to boost the visibility and growth of the state's advanced manufacturing and logistics industries has received a major lift from Purdue University. Conexus Indiana and Purdue earlier this month announced the formation of a partnership in which the university will lend its academic and research talents to the organization. The key goals include linking manufacturers with new suppliers, exploring emerging markets and supporting startups launched from university or privatesector research. "Conexus is very...
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SPORTS: Excitement-and fear-grows as Cubs pile up winsRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Bill Benner
My father in law, John Parker Jr., died this past March in LaPorte. He was 90, so he didn't get shortchanged in the longevity department. He had a full, complete life. Except for one thing. He spent virtually all those 90 years rooting for his beloved Chicago Cubs to win a World Series. As with many from northwestern Indiana-Da Region-his afternoon ritual, especially in his retirement years, was sitting in front of the television to root, root, root for the...
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Commentary: Smart policies can lengthen livesRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Brian Williams
Over the last 20 years, life expectancy for residents of the United States as a whole has increased steadily. However, recent studies by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have shown that not all Americans are enjoying longer, healthier lives. The implications of these studies are particularly ominous for Hoosiers. The disparities in life expectancy are most pronounced between richer and poorer Americans, reflecting the pronounced growth of income inequality the last two decades. In 1980, the most...
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Indy Racing League enters talks for new TV deal: Negotiations start this month with ABC/ESPN, but deal may be shopped to other networks to gauge interestRestricted Content

June 9, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
After the checkered flag dropped on this year's Indianapolis 500, the green flag fell on negotiations for a new television contract between the Indy Racing League and ABC/ESPN. The current deal doesn't expire until the end of next season, but the contract calls for the parties to discuss an extension starting this month. Sources close to both sides said ABC/ESPN pays the IRL about $10 million annually, but getting that kind of guaranteed cash beyond 2009 could be difficult. Still,...
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NBA revenue-sharing plan could save Pacers: Team could get more than $6 million annuallyRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers got an assist recently from other National Basketball Association owners that could push the team out of the red. In April, the league's board of governors approved a 63-percent increase in the amount of revenue shared among teams after a letter signed by Pacers co-owner Herb Simon and seven other small-market teams urged the change. The revenue challenges faced by smallmarket teams can no longer be ignored, said the letter signed by Simon in late 2006. Though...
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SPORTS: Open-wheel racing's full recovery still miles awayRestricted Content

June 2, 2008
Bill Benner
Well, to all but one sourpuss. "The [Indy Racing League] is garbage," said caller "Gordon from Zionsville" on WNDE's sports-talk show, "The Drive," on the Tuesday following the big race. Gordon was weighing in to denigrate the IRL and praise NASCAR. Back to him in a moment. For the time being, the IRL's competition isn't NASCAR. While overnight ratings showed the afternoon Indy 500 scored a bigger rating than NASCAR's prime-time 600-miler at Charlotte-and that Indy's ratings were up from...
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Not all feel need for 'Speed Zone': Speedway's $500M redevelopment plan is catching criticism from town's residentsRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chip Cutter
Speedway may have been built on motorsports, but some residents think a $500 million redevelopment plan that would transform the small town into a year-round racing-themed destination goes too far. The plan, which involves 350 acres south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has become the issue in town at a time when a certain race usually dominates conversations. At the cozy Charlie Brown's Pancake and Steak House on Main Street, patrons mull over the project in-between forkfuls of the diner's signature...
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We got game-what's next?: Super Bowl may require 10 times the personnel of Final FourRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
While landing another Super Bowl may be a long shot, local leaders clearly intend to show what Indianapolis is capable of accomplishing. "Our perspective is that this is a one-shot deal," said local attorney Jack Swarbrick, who was part of a small contingency that traveled to Atlanta last week for the bid presentation to NFL owners. "But if we do this, and we do it well, the world will know we can do anything. If you're thinking of Indianapolis hosting...
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SPORTS: City's Super Bowl score was decades in the makingRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Bill Benner
Shoot, if I'd known city leaders were going to resurrect Dennis Hopper-Shooter, from my alltime favorite flick, "Hoosiers"- for the Super Bowl bid video, I would have suggested they also use Hickory High player Merle and paraphrase his memorable line: "Let's win it for all the smaller NFL-designated market areas that never had a chance to get here." Yes, we are the nation's 13th-largest city. Thank you, UniGov. But in terms of market size, we're 26th or so. Certainly not...
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Commentary: Putting rush hour on ICERestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Last week, after spending $71.83 to fill up my car, I said to myself, "Tomorrow, I'm taking the bus." So I did. It wasn't my first time on the new IndyGo commuter bus from Carmel; it was my fourth in the last five weeks. On that particular day, I was fed up. It was the first time that gassing up cost me more than $70, and it made an impression. I guess that's what it's going to take for all...
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SPORTS: A smorgasbord of sports, both good and badRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other: Indiana University has filed its official response to the NCAA infractions committee regarding the violations allegedly committed by former men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. And Sampson has filed his response to IU's response. He believes he's been cast as a liar and a cheat. If only it weren't true. I'm also troubled by his complaint that the IU compliance staff didn't monitor the basketball coaches closely enough. How about some self-compliance, Kelvin? Fact is,...
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FUNNY BUSINESS: Begging for a Super Bowl: The ego and the bid

May 19, 2008
Mike Redmond
And so another Indianapolis Super Duper Bowl offering is in the hands of the immortals, also known as the NFL owners, delivered there by scrubbed, shining, briefcase-toting eighth graders. Now we know how far some adults will go to avoid rejection. The kids were chosen for this mission to, in the words of the organizers, show that the entire community wants to host the 2012 Championship of the World (Not Including All The Countries Outside The United States.) What a...
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