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SPORTS Bill Benner: Likely results of a 2012 bid: Success or crueltyRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
Indianapolis was no less a great sports city the afternoon of May 22 than it was the morning of May 22. Without question, among most (but not all) of our citizenry, the disappointment of not being awarded the 2011 Super Bowl was profound, especially so for those who put all their heart, soul, creative energy and tiring effort into crafting the bid. And for those who have never liked Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones even a little bit-yes, that's my...
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City gained momentum with Super Bowl bidRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
Andrea Muirragui
Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl missed by inches, but observers said the city nevertheless scored major points that still could result in a victory. But not without suiting up again.
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: 'Rip' is just right for CICPRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
It's been 15 months since Central Indiana Corporate Partnership CEO Mark Miles wrote in these pages that he felt like Rip Van Winkle when he returned to the city after being away for 15 years. Miles has done anything but sleep since he got back. Neither has the CICP board of directors. That group should be congratulated for making an outstanding choice of a new leader and for taking bold steps forward. This seems to have been a perfect match...
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Is title sponsor in 500's future?: Indy Racing League throttles up sales efforts, considers aggressive new marketing dealsRestricted Content

May 21, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League is overhauling its sales effort, an initiative industry observers said could lead to an eight-figure annual title sponsorship and exponential growth for the league and its teams. Officials for the company tabbed to lead the revolution said there isn't any sponsorship deal that won't be considered by Speedway brass, including a title sponsorship for the Indianapolis 500, a sacred property once thought untouchable. Race fans have been focused on the Brickyard's 2-1/2-mile oval this month. But...
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SPORTS: The great race isn't as broken as some thinkRestricted Content

May 21, 2007
Bill Benner
Recently, I served as a moderator for a panel that included Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian; Conseco Fieldhouse Executive Director and Indiana Pacers Vice President Rick Fuson; NCAA President Myles Brand; Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Joie Chitwood; and former Indiana Sports Corp. Chairman Jack Swarbrick. Except for the moderator, it was an all-star lineup, convened to discuss the impact sports has had on Indianapolis. It was both informative and inspiring as it captured the essence of the sports initiative and...
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Indianapolis' offer on the table:Restricted Content

May 14, 2007
Andrea Muirragui
INDIANAPOLIS HAS: Seating for up to 73,000 and a retractable roof at Lucas Oil Stadium, set to open in 2008. The press box seats 200, but event space could be converted for additional media use. PRACTICE FACILITIES NFL WANTS: Comparable practice facilities for both Super Bowl teams, including a covered field with the same turf as the stadium, locker rooms for players and coaches, meeting rooms, and laundry service. INDIANAPOLIS HAS: The Colts' 56th Street football complex. Bid organizers have...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Can Big 10 show us more than sports?Restricted Content

May 14, 2007
Morton Marcus
There is an issue of greater importance than gay marriage, abortion or the tragedies of Iraq and Afghanistan. State regulation of interior designers is a matter of such public concern that the Indiana Senate supported it by a vote of 44-5 and the House, 62-34. Then, when we finally had the public protected from the inappropriate placement of sofas, the governor goes and vetoes the bill. Mitch, the spoilsport. Well, there is always next year. The governor could not stop...
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Super Bowl hinges on whether owners like Irsay or JonesRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bringing a Super Bowl to Indianapolis might have little to do with weather, hotel rooms or posh practice facilities. The biggest factor is likely to be Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, and how other National Football League owners feel about him and the contributions he has made to their tight-knit club.
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SPORTS: Talent-heavy Fever shoot for a championshipRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Bill Benner
But that's not close to being the case. The Fever are loaded. And maybe-just maybe-they can help whet this town's appetite for professional basketball again. But at a time when we're all looking for some feel-good to come out of the fieldhouse and for some local love to flow back in, well, this could be that time. A team that has gone 21-13 and reached the playoffs each of the last two seasons returns all five starters. That group includes...
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THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW: Why one vote counts more than all the restRestricted Content

May 14, 2007
Ron Gifford
Personally, I figured the baboonprint wallpaper justified the new law all by itself. Seriously, after the whole "jungle room" decorating uproar at the governor's residence last year, wasn't it obvious that unregulated interior designers were a threat to our very way of life? Your General Assembly sure thought so, and this session the Indiana House and Senate overwhelmingly passed new licensing and certification standards for these decorators-including criminal penalties for impersonating a "registered interior designer." Well, a funny thing happened...
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O'Reilly Auto Parts puts growth in high gear: Relationship with local track big part of plan for retail, distribution expansionRestricted Content

May 7, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Few Hoosiers had heard of O'Reilly Auto Parts before the Missouri-based company built a massive distribution center in Hendricks County and bought the naming rights to Indianapolis Raceway Park last June. Now, the company, which was founded in 1957 and went public in 1993, figures to become a major retail presence here. Already, 14 stores have cropped up here among 35 that opened statewide. That makes 1,700 stores in 25 states for the company that reported revenue of $2.3 billion...
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SPORTS: Remember who led Pacers out of the wildernessRestricted Content

May 7, 2007
Bill Benner
I put my faith and trust in people who have proven themselves over the long haul. Which is why I choose to be one-one of the few, I'm guessing-who believes Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird will pull the Indiana Pacers out of their tailspin. As of this moment, the Pacers executives have no coach, no draft choices and, in the minds of many, no hope, particularly for the immediate future, with an emphasis on "immediate," for we have little patience...
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Design changes afoot for state Web pages: Online renovation includes search-engine upgrade that features Scott Jones' ChaCha instead of GoogleRestricted Content

May 7, 2007
Scott Olson
A redesigned state Web portal unveiled last month should make it easier for Hoosiers to plow through mounds of government minutia. But, more important, the revamping set to be finished in mid-2008 represents a major shift in state policy. By contracting with locally based ChaCha Search Inc.- tech entrepreneur Scott Jones' new humanassisted Internet search engine-the state no longer relies solely on big, name-brand computer technology such as Microsoft. "We have somebody who is local and excited about taking the...
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Vision 3 moves into new home, plans expansion: Ad agency grows by mixing technology with creativityRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Since its founding three years ago, advertising agency Vision 3 has grown from two to 15 employees, and earlier this spring moved from a tiny office into an 8,000-square-foot building the company bought at 330 N. College Ave. V3 founders Jeff Hopler and Eric Davis remodeled the building's interior themselves, mixing the downtown structure's historical feel with modern touches reflective of the company's technological expertise. Local peers see the move as a gamble, but the agency's founders have become adept...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: The family possessed by a DevilRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Devil worship has overtaken my family. No, we don't have clandestine meetings where we drink animal blood or anything like that. We find ourselves engrossed in the world of the National Hockey League and eagerly following the New Jersey Devils, specifically a rookie defenseman by the name of Andy Greene. This particular Devil was a hockey star at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, the school my daughter Rachel attended. The two became entwined in a romantic relationship that continues today....
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Conner Prairie testing ideas for new exhibits: Officials consider virtual canoe ride, hearthside dinners in effort to keep museum's attendance on upswingRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The possibilities are intriguing: A tethered hot-air balloon ride. Old-time hearthside dinners prepared with farm-fresh ingredients. A wilderness-skill challenge that includes rock climbing and a virtual canoe ride. Leaders at Conner Prairie are weighing which-if any-of those ideas would be a good fit at the Hamilton County living history museum, which is focusing on its future even as it works to preserve the past. "The board is very committed to the idea that Conner Prairie must remain relevant and exciting...
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SPORTS: The Attucks story finally finds a national audienceRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Bill Benner
Inspiration is timeless. In that regard, it doesn't matter that two years after its initial release and 52 years after the fact, the story of the Crispus Attucks Tigers and their amazing coach, Ray Crowe, is finally being shared with the nation. On April 27, "Something To Cheer About," the documentary that chronicles the triumphs and travails of the Attucks teams of the 1950s, opened in nine markets: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Minneapolis; Dallas; and,...
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Trio of women drivers drawing new fan attention to IRL:Restricted Content

April 23, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Though she's stirred a ripple of interest in several markets, most Indy Racing League fans don't know Milka Duno-yet. Many sports business experts think the first Hispanic woman to race in the openwheel series will turn heads, as much for her ability to drive and her unusual professional and academic background as anything else. Duno also becomes part of a fascinating story involving established IRL drivers Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher. "The Indy Racing League is becoming the one place...
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SPORTS: Bad news no surprise in our 'anything goes' worldRestricted Content

April 23, 2007
Bill Benner
I considered the notion for a moment and conceded, "You may be right." After all, shock-jock Imus had made a career of offering insensitive, crude and sometimes race-based insults (he once referred to New York Knicks' star Patrick Ewing as a "knuckle-dragging moron"). But when he offered his unconscionable take on the women of the Rutgers University basketball team, his primary mistake was timing. His comments came at the wrong time in the media cycle. There was a vacuum, and...
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BULLS & BEARS: Embracing unloved stocks great way to make moneyRestricted Content

April 16, 2007
Dave Gilreath
Proverbs 30:19 states that there are "four things I'll never understand, how an eagle flies so high in the sky, how a snake glides over a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, and why adolescents act the way they do." Having had three adolescents, I will agree they are beyond understanding. If there had been a stock market in the 10th century B.C., the author might have added one more item to the list. Besides adolescents, he probably wouldn't...
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Butler fights with small athletic budget to keep coachesRestricted Content

April 16, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Butler University is running with the big dogs these days in men's NCAA Division I college basketball--at least on the court. Financially, though, the Bulldogs face a difficult dilemma in chasing after programs with bigger budgetary bones.
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SPORTS: He took a chance, and now he's top dogRestricted Content

April 16, 2007
Bill Benner
This isn't just a feel-good story. It's a feel-great story. It's all about a young guy, full of ambition, yearning to grow, thirsting for knowledge, deciding to take a chance. Rolling the dice on a dream. Pursuing his passion. There he was seven years ago, fresh out of DePauw University, working in a promising marketing job for our local pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly and Co. He was making some nice change. If he wasn't was just around the corner. So...
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Fred Glass brings city's 'to do' list to lifeRestricted Content

April 16, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Fred Glass, president of the city's Capital Improvement Board, headed historic transitions in both the mayor's and governor's offices and has become the go-to guy for some of the city's biggest initiatives, most of them sports-related.
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SPORTS: No Indiana teams but plenty of Hoosier flavorRestricted Content

April 9, 2007
Bill Benner
ATLANTA - At the Final Four last week, I was reminded that even without a team, Indiana was well represented. It began at the United States Basketball Writers Association breakfast on the Friday morning before the national semifinals. The occasion was the presentation of the USBWA's Oscar Robertson Trophy to the player of the year, which happened to be Kevin Durant from Texas. Robertson, the Crispus Attucks great who went on to star at the University of Cincinnati-and who was...
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NFL plan puts hit on ColtsRestricted Content

April 9, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A new National Football League policy could cost the Indianapolis Colts $56 million in league revenue sharing in the decade following the opening of Lucas Oil Stadium. The policy puts more pressure on the Colts to compete with revenue-generating giants such as the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.
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