Sports Business

Logos give Indiana company a leg up in sock industry:Restricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
Tiny Helmsburg in rustic Brown County is a rural hamlet that is so small outsiders might not even realize they've passed through it. So it's no surprise that one of Indiana's best-kept secrets is headquartered there, in an old school building that, appropriately, masks its identity. For Bare Feet has been knitting socks for 21 years and has amassed an impressive array of clients. It's a league-licensed producer of socks, headbands and wristbands for the four major sports leagues: Major...
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SPORTS: Latest Pacers incident calls for stronger responseRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Bill Benner
Just so you know, I already had decided to revisit the Indiana Pacers this week. At the quarter post of the marathon that is the NBA season, the Pacers were performing admirably and above most expectations. They had knocked off Utah and Dallas. They had won three of four games on a West Coast trip, including a victory at Denver. They scored a huge road victory over the rapidly rising Eastern Conference power, Orlando. That left them at .500 through...
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Commentary: A foreign investment that is sure to pay offRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Brian Williams
As the year draws to a close, the business community remains focused on taxes and the health of the economy. The governor's privatization of the Indiana Toll Road generated a windfall of $3 billion. If managed properly, that money should fund Indiana's road and bridge repair work. However, perhaps we should consider investing some of the interest to radically change our stature in the global economy. Canada possesses coastlines along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans; has abundant natural resources,...
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Commentary: New library ready for Digital AgeRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Chris Katterjohn
Dec. 9 was slated to be the Big Day for Indianapolis' new Central Library. After five years and more than $150 million, the project-which seemed preposterous from the start-has finally come to fruition and sits ready for a grand opening. From the beginning, I wondered how you even move an entire library. What's more, how do you set it up in a new location, then tear it down and move it back? Imagine moving hundreds of thousands of books, magazines...
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PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN: Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz planRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Della Pacheco
PROFILE MICKI STIRSMAN Education at heart of growth Continued training is part of her biz plan Your face might be Micki Stirsman's canvas. Instead of applying paint to paper or molding clay into sculpture Stirsman and her staff use their artistry to transform their clients' appearances. The Speedway native is owner of Salon 01, a business she started with a $10,000 contribution from her grandmother that has grown into a million d o l l a r- p l u...
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IMS may host airplane raceRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Speedway officials are in discussions to bring an airplane race to Indianapolis. The Red Bull Air Race World Series is a 5-year-old airplane race circuit that combines the intrigue of a high-wire circus act, thrills of an alpine ski race, and cutting-edge technology of Formula One auto racing.
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SPORTS: Ah, what a college football season it's beenRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Bill Benner
And so it has come to this, the college football season that will give us the "accidental" champion. The nation's pundits, purporting to represent the nation's public, are apoplectic over the prospect. Imagine, The Ohio State University, the allegedly inferior winner of a purportedly inferior league-a year removed from being exposed and embarrassed by the University of Florida in the national championship game-walking off the Superdome carpet with the trophy in hand on the evening of Jan. 7. Or imagine...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Are unions really that important?Restricted Content

December 10, 2007
Morton Marcus
Uncle Uriah Marcus visited us on Thanksgiving. It took over a week to recover. He blames "the @#%$# unions" for most of our state's woes. Uncle Uriah asserts "them big unions scares businesses away from Indiannie." A sample of his views: High property taxes: It's the teachers' union's fault because teachers keep pushing up their earnings and reducing their responsibility. Congestion in cities: Bus workers' unions keep fares too high for anyone to ride the bus. The battle between the...
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Gatorade inventor's death recalls local links: Stokely-Van Camp launched sports drink here in 1960sRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Michael Dabney
Gatorade's inventor, Dr. J. Robert Cade, who died Nov. 27 in Gainesville, Fla., left a legacy in Indianapolis that stretches back four decades to the birth of the multibillion-dollar sports drink industry. The invention became a blockbuster product for an Indianapolis-based company and spawned the creation of an Indianapolis-based trust that has doled out tens of millions of dollars in royalties to inventors and other beneficiaries. The city continues to get an economic jolt from Gatorade, with nearly 500 local...
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SPORTS: A greedy impasse makes radio relevant againRestricted Content

December 3, 2007
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other: A fond childhood memory is of summertime evenings spent with my father on the screened-in back porch of our farmhouse. While my dad enjoyed a cigar and a frosty libation after a hard day's work, we would dial in either a Cincinnati Redlegs or Chicago White Sox game on the radio. There, as the sun went down and the flickering dance of the lightning bugs became visible, we'd follow through the static the exploits...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Technology, life sciences creating new Hoosier jobsRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Sally Byrn
While other states strive to find their places in today's international economy, the Hoosier state has made a reputation for itself in the life sciences arena. It's an important effort, especially when you consider that our state's past successes were in the field of manufacturing. Con sidering that the 2007 Indiana Manufacturers Directory reports Indiana lost more than 17,000 manufacturing jobs in the past year, this new economic model built upon technology and life sciences is important, if not essential,...
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Big season for Indians' stockholdersRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Indians are rewarding stockholders in the franchise following a season in which revenue and profit grew, thanks to significant increases in ticket, concession and merchandise sales. The higher profit fueled a 75-percent dividend increase this year and an increase of more than $6,500 in the franchise's standing offer to repurchase shares.
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SPORTS: Purdue, IU athletic directors have a lot to chew onRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Bill Benner
I'm not an athletic director, but I do get to play one in IBJ. So play along with me: Purdue University should keep Joe Tiller as its football coach. Indiana University should do likewise with Bill Lynch. Add this to what I'm sure is plenty of unsolicited advice directed at Morgan Burke and Rick Greenspan, the respective athletic directors at Purdue and Indiana. They can thank me later. Of course, by the time you read this, the futures of both...
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SPORTS: The Irish fired-and hired-themselves into a stewRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Bill Benner
If you are among those who believe-and I am among them-that the University of Notre Dame treated Tyrone Willingham unjustly three years ago when it fired him as its football coach just three seasons into his tenure, then you probably share my sense that what goes around has come around in South Bend. If you also are among those who believe-and, again, I am among them-that one of the reasons Charlie Weis is a chunky fellow is because he's so...
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BEHIND THE NEWS: Founding family tossed from slumping Man AliveRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Greg Andrews
Embattled Finish Line Inc. has quietly sent the family that founded and ran its Man Alive chain packing. The company on Nov. 12 announced the appointment of former Haggar Clothing Co. executive Lou Spagna as president of the struggling 96-store urban apparel chain. Tucked in the press release was a quote from Finish Line President Glenn Lyon expressing "our appreciation to the Bublick family for the service they have provided." It was a major overhaul. Gone are Jeff Bublick, 47,...
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Bariatric product key for software firm's growth: Former WellPoint execs heading up young companyRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
J.K. Wall
Medical Animatics LLC hopes its latest product helps double its size while helping patients shrink theirs. The small Indianapolis firm plans to roll out bariatric-education software by yearend. By tapping the popular surgery procedure, Medical Animatics' officers hope that product grows sales enough to double its nine-person work force in a year. The new product launch is the first major initiative for Medical Animatics since it secured angel investments from two former WellPoint Inc. officers earlier this year. Jane Niederberger...
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New tourism ads paying off for city: Ten-second promotions attracting more visitorsRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
When Indianapolis promoters were deciding what to do to lure leisure travelers to the city over summer break, they decided being short and to the point was the way to go. So, the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association partnered with eight area attractions to produce extremely brief television and radio travel commercials. The resulting ad campaign was wellfunded-with a budget $240,000 more than the previous year-and produced stellar results, including more awareness of Indianapolis attractions, more nights spent in Indianapolis,...
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A&E: Skid Stuff at the IMA (via the IMS)

November 12, 2007
Lou Harry
This week, a California artist visits the IMA (via Indianapolis Motor Speedway), a British playwright hits hard at Washington, and a Swedish singing group's tunes become a Broadway sensation. When you call a piece "2005 Indy 500 Victory Donut: Traces of Dan Wheldon," you aren't just suggesting that audiences look beyond your abstractions, you are demanding it. The Wheldon piece is part of "Ingrid Calame: Traces of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," the latest exhibition in the IMA's Forefront Gallery. The...
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SPORTS: With the football Hoosiers, it's one play at a timeRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Bill Benner
I just got an e-mail from a good friend inquiring about where (his speculation was the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.) the Indiana Hoosiers would play their first bowl game since 1993. I responded with the same line I've repeated often. When it comes to Indiana football, I never look further ahead than the next play. It's a lesson I learned 40 years ago, in 1967. I was fresh out of high school. It always was my dream to go...
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SPORTS: Calm on display just days before the big gameRestricted Content

November 5, 2007
Bill Benner
On the morning of Oct. 30, just five days before the NFL's Game of the Century, Regular-Season Variety, I imagine-but don't know for certain-that New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was hunkered down in some office bunker at the Patriots training complex, bags under his eyes, hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head, scowl on his face. Certainly, he was poring over game films of the Indianapolis Colts, searching for clues that would help his team continue on its scorched-earth mission...
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IRL widens advertising baseRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League will roll out category sponsorship deals with soft drink, energy drink and motor oil brands in the next two months. IRL officials declined to divulge which companies the deals are with, but said each are multiyear, multimillion-dollar deals.
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SPORTS: Not all basketball greats are getting their dueRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Bill Benner
An article in the current Slam magazine caught my eye. Written by Brett Ballantini, it was headlined, "The Hall of Shame." The hall it was referring to was the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The gist was that its secretive selection process is preventing eminently worthy candidates from consideration for and ultimately election to the hall. It cites a "secret cabal of 24 unknown voters" for dereliction of duty, with particular concern for the class of 2007,...
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EYE ON THE PIE: News offers savory opportunitiesRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Morton Marcus
I save newspaper items thinking they will make good columns. But with only one column per week, I end up with piles of good ideas. Here are four items I found interesting: Another sports opportunity: The National Lacrosse League has canceled its season. I didn't know there was a league of 13 professional lacrosse teams. This was another instance of players and owners not being able to come to agreement on salaries. Both of those groups and the fans are...
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Fieldhouse rolls out season-ticket program: Concert offering could lure mid-size businessesRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Businesses looking to entertain clients but not quite ready for a luxury box at Conseco Fieldhouse now have another option-season tickets to all the concerts. The offering, dubbed Your Exclusive Access, will be the first season-ticket package in the nation for arena concerts, said Dave Lucas, owner of Indianapolis-based entertainment firm Live-360 LLC. Live-360 is managing the program for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which leases the fieldhouse from the city and schedules entertainment there. While season-ticket programs have been a...
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Commentary: Dungy's book a real eye-openerRestricted Content

October 29, 2007
Chris Katterjohn
I watched the Indianapolis Colts' Oct. 22 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a sense of calm I'd never experienced before while watching a Colts game. It wasn't because I was certain they were going to win-far from it-or because I had been sedated. It was because I had just read Coach Tony Dungy's best-seller, "Quiet Strength." No, I wasn't "born again" while reading. But I was given a much better idea of how Dungy works and how things are...
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