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Holiday promotional campaign helps Indianapolis venues boost their attendanceRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
The 12 Free Days of Indy Christmas promotion runs through Dec. 24 and gives patrons of several city destinations the opportunity to enjoy them without the cost.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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FFA is grateful to sponsors, funders for successful conventionRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
The National FFA Organization and the city of Indianapolis can celebrate the record-breaking success of the 81st National FFA Convention, thanks to the generosity and assistance of committees, funders and citizens.
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IU study looks into future of Orange County tourismRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Scott Olson
Professors at Indiana University's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies are conducting an analysis of new tourism attractions in Indiana's Orange County.
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ICVA embarking on new direction with new CEO WelshRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh is quickly making a name for himself as a change agent. Though few knew what to think when Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to become Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association CEO, he's shown he didn't come here to simply wind down his career.
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Hospitality industry needs state supportRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
At this difficult time in the country's economic life, state leaders should invest in tourism promotion and development.
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Pacers reforms, new Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA 2010 tournament boost Indy's sports reputationRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bill Benner
The Pacers opening victory, new game innovations at Conseco Fieldhouse and retaining Danny Granger are bright spots in the city's vast sports scene.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway ponders hotel, moving museumRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are in talks to move their Hall of Fame Museum from the interior of the oval to a spot just outside the south end of the track, an area that could also house a new Speedway hotel.
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Pacers, Clarian Health offer free health screeningsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
On Oct. 31, the Indiana Pacers announced a partnership with Clarian Health to improve health awareness for area residents.
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Downtown development great for citizens, visitorsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
The development of shopping, restaurants, museums, public arts and hotels downtown in the past 25 years has made Indianapolis a vibrant, more interesting place to live—and to visit.
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New IU athletic director vows to follow rules closelyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Fred Glass, formerly a partner at Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels, wants to make IU known again as a university that strictly follows the rules and helps all of its student athletes to achieve academically and graduate.
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Under Armour to sponsor Lucas Oil Stadium eventRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
The NFL has signed Maryland-based Under Armour Inc. as the presenting sponsor for the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Glass will help IU athletics if he's allowed to do the jobRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Bill Benner
New Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass must return integrity to IU athletics, while being a cheerleader who believes in accessibility, focus and consistency.
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Keep Lynch as IU football coachRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
With all the disruption in Indiana University's athletic programs, Head football coach Bill Lynch should stay on and be given a chance to build a strong program.
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Diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences make organizations excelRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mckenzie Scott
It's the diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences people bring that make organizations stand out and excel.
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Pacers cut costs, boost marketing to break even within three yearsRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The Indiana Pacers are ratcheting up sales and marketing initiatives while cutting costs elsewhere in an effort to simultaneously ride out the economic storm and boost attendance. The team has little hope of being profitable this year-or even breaking even, said Pacers President Jim Morris, but he added that within three years the franchise's financial status should be much improved.


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SPORTS: Tony Dungy is much more than a football coachRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Bill Benner
Of this, that and the other: It was my pleasure to co-moderate (with IBJ's Anthony Schoettle) last week's IBJ "Power Breakfast" featuring Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. This was the third year I'd shared the stage with Dungy, the Super Bowl-winning coach who most of us know by now is also a best-selling author, a man of deep faith, and a committed social activist, the latter best exemplified by his involvement with his mentoring program, All-Pro Dads. A Westin Hotel...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Get rid of Lynch? IU has numerous reasons not toRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Critics are chirping like cicadas and basically singing the same song. One, get rid of Lynch, the sooner the better. And two, spend money, lots of it, on a "big-name" coach. If only it were as simple as the knee-jerks would have you believe. Perhaps they have forgotten, but Indiana has a lame-duck athletic director, Rick Greenspan, who won't clean out his Assembly Hall office until Dec. 31. A search committee is vetting applicants. I'm told there are exceptional candidates...
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Naming-rights deal puts Lucas Oil in competitive position

October 20, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Emboldened by the deal he signed to put his company's name on the Indianapolis Colts' new home, Forrest Lucas has launched an arsenal of creative-some would say unorthodox-initiatives to fortify his growing company. Many of them are designed to help Lucas Oil Products Inc. go head to head with the oil industry's biggest players.
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Commentary: White deserves praise and supportRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
Chris Katterjohn has the week off. In his absence, this column, which appeared on Oct. 2, 2006, is being reprinted. It's been a little more than a year since Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene White took over the job of battling the flames at IPS. We should all be grateful he did. He is a special man. "It was like going into a burning house," White told a group of business leaders at a recent breakfast. "I don't know too...
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IP law illuminates growing field for women: Increase mirrors rising number of Internet companies and inventionsRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Della Pacheco
But more than a century later, women are protecting more than their own assets-they're increasingly looking out for the intellectual property of business owners large and small. One of the hottest practice groups within law firms today, intellectual property law falls into four basic areas: copyrights, trademarks, patents and publicity rights. With the exception of patent law, which requires a background in science or engineering, no specialized undergraduate degree is required. Gary Roberts, dean and the Gerald L. Bepko professor...
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Sport Graphics diversifies with WFYI project: Former print shop looking to expand downtownRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
When WFYI-TV Channel 20 officials were looking for a company to help with their rebranding, they didn't turn to an ad agency. Instead, they hired locally based Sport Graphics, a company known more as a print shop and sign maker with a sports focus. These days, though, Sport Graphics is becoming better known for its creative work and relying less on putting ink on paper to bring in business. "Printing is a commodity, and there are people-regardless of relationships-who will...
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SPORTS: Crean and Hoosiers are a story like no otherRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Bill Benner
Last week, I attended a press conference that pumped the upcoming Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 6. The Showcase will feature Indiana University versus Gonzaga University in one game, the University of Notre Dame against Ohio State University in the other. Name wise, it's a stellar lineup befitting the occasion: the first basketball games to take place in LOS. It's safe to predict they will be the first of many. At the very least, an...
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Pathway Productions gets new owner, new CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

Pathway Productions, one of the city's highest-profile video production firms, has a new owner, a new CEO and a new plan to blaze a trail to prosperity. Michael Husain, who founded the company from his basement in 1996, earlier this year quietly sold a majority stake to Mays Chemical Co. President William Mays, who in turn named Jerald Harkness the new CEO.


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Super Bowl group hires Sports Corp. official as CEORestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

The woman chosen as president and CEO of the city's Super Bowl host committee isn't exactly a household name, but those who hired her think she'll make Indianapolis the best host city ever. Allison Melangton, 46, is the first paid member of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and is expected to throw planning and organization into overdrive over the next 30 days.


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  1. Uh, sorry Johnnie, but you are incorrect. Despite the assertions by yourself and various defenders and captains, sports attendance is NOT off significantly at most sporting events in the US. Variances in attendance has been in the range of single digits, both + & - for years now. MLB has had most of its best overall attendance nubers in the last decade, and that trend has been consistent for most major sporting events. The number one issue cited by most fans when asked about attendance is the overall cost of attending. The presence of HD and big screen televisions in home doesn't even register, as a factor for not attending an event. VALUE in the product is the key, and apparently is something lacking in the current ICS. What other explanation is there when with what is routinely touted as the "best" racing on the planet, fans are staying away in DROVES. A "close" title battle into the last event at Fontana, with the "cars and stars" of the ICS, and who showed up? MAYBE 8K. Sorry, but HD TV isn't to blame for that kind of fan apathy.

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