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BENNER: Weighing in on Kiel, Manning and the BrickyardRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other.
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BENNER: Fans get jilted in NFL's player, owner lovefestRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Bill Benner
Allow me to interject this sentiment into the euphoria surrounding the agreement among the National Football League owners and players to end their labor dispute.
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BENNER: City is on brink of wasting a unique sports assetRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
Bill Benner
For the first time since 1980, we will host no Olympics-related qualifiers next year.
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Bush Stadium rehab is Watson's latest creative projectRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Katie Maurer
Longtime Indianapolis developer launches spirited attempt to save baseball palace.
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BENNER: Fixing dysfunctional NBA will take time, flexibilityRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Bill Benner
Unlike the NFL, which is swimming in money, the NBA is drowning in red ink.
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BENNER: A love lost rarely returns—except at Victory FieldRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Bill Benner

Like most young boys in the 1950s, baseball was my first sports love.

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BENNER: It all began with a tournament nobody wantedRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Bill Benner
AsIndianapolis celebrates another big win over Chicago in the form of the Big Ten’s football championship games and a share of the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tourneys, it’s important to note how it all played out.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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BENNER: Good news locked out until NFL makes peaceRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Bill Benner
Columnist ruminates on this, that and the other.
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BENNER: Wrapping up this too-short, festive month of MayRestricted Content

May 21, 2011
Bill Benner
I, like many others, am lured to the Speedway by the spectacle itself because I am most definitely not a gear-head.
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BENNER: Pacers turn corner, but bigger issues await the teamRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Bill Benner
Rarely is a playoff loss, let alone a first-round playoff loss, let alone a 4-1 playoff loss in a best-of-seven series, cause for celebration.
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BENNER: Another Hoosier legend now belongs to the agesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Bill Benner
Morris Pollard, coach at Speedway High School from 1956 to 1983, died April 17. He simply was one of the best basketball coaches—and finest men—I ever knew.
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Do golf and business still mix?Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Courses see shrinking revenue from companies, but many dealmakers still hit the links
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BENNER: Mental fixes lead to wins for Vogel's PacersRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Bill Benner
For starters, the Pacers have to believe in themselves.
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City looks to tourists to supplement convention business

February 12, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Leisure travelers could plug gap until additional conventions fill the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
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BENNER: Time flies when you're writing about sportsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Bill Benner
Ten years ago this week, the good folks at Indianapolis Business Journal began providing me the opportunity to write in this publication.
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BENNER: Super Bowls Radio Row is a non-stop PR machineRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Bill Benner
The National Football League has created this monster and couldn’t be happier about it.
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BENNER: Colts' fan base not yet at Green Bay, Pittsburgh levelRestricted Content

January 29, 2011
Bill Benner
As the Green Bay Packers prepare to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, I have a serious case of Super Bowl envy.
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BENNER: It's time for Colts to make game plan for futureRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Bill Benner
Maybe the reason the Colts insist on keeping the roof closed at Lucas Oil Stadium is to keep anyone from noticing that the sky is falling.
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BENNER: Plenty of reasons to love (and loathe) college footballRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bill Benner
I love it because it I allow it to suck me in like a farm kind seeing the big-city lights for the first time. I loathe it because it is becoming too much like the NFL.
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BENNER: Sports moments to remember--and forgetRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Bill Benner
Butler basketball leads list of top sports stories of the year.
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BENNER: IU's new coach doesn't have to work miraclesRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Bill Benner
An open letter to Kevin Wilson, Indiana University's football coach.
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BENNER: Football shows Marian U. the power of sportsRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Bill Benner
A Catholic university based in Indiana where football serves as a major rallying point for students, alumni and donors? The University of Notre Dame would be a correct answer. But it’s no longer the only one.
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BENNER: Louisville scores a point in Indy catch-up gameRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
Bill Benner
Forty years ago, Indianapolis and Louisville were both known as one-event towns. But Indy moved on while Louisville stayed put.
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BENNER: Indiana State football reigns ... and other thoughtsRestricted Content

November 6, 2010
Bill Benner
Tony Dungy's class act, the possibilities of NFL expansion, and more.
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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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