Sports Business

Open-wheel reunion creating more business opportunitiesRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In the end, the catastrophic sponsorship shift from open-wheel racing to NASCAR became too much to ignore, driving the long-divided sides of Champ Car and the Indy Racing League back into a unified series.
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Commentary: Morris: From hunger to hoopsRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Chris Katterjohn
How do you go from fighting world hunger to polishing the tarnished image of an NBA basketball team? That's the task at hand for Jim Morris, who said to a recent breakfast gathering, "I reached a point in my life when I realized that nothing I would do going forward would be as important as what I just did." I suppose a number of us reach a similar place in our careers when we realize we have "hit the peak"...
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Legislature set to give tax breaks to big events: NCAA asks for 'super' perk that NFL already requiresRestricted Content

March 3, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Lawmakers last year approved a bill that would have given the NFL a onetime tax break on spending and revenue tied to the 2011 Super Bowl, a moot point once team owners awarded the game to Dallas. Now, similar legislation has passed both chambers of the General Assembly-this time extending the exemption to the NCAA, which has committed to hosting its Final Four basketball championships in Indianapolis regularly through 2039. If signed into law, the measure would allow the NFL...
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SPORTS: IU's basketball drama isn't the only show in townRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Bill Benner
So much news, so little space. Over the last two weeks, there was that evolving situation involving the IU basketball coach. The Hoosiers, Butler, Purdue and Notre Dame made Indiana the only state with four teams ranked in the nation's top 25. Butler climbed to No. 8, its highest ranking ever, and Purdue took the Big Ten lead under Matt Painter, at this point the odds-on choice for national coach of the year. My buddy and former colleague, Robin Miller,...
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Sampson scandal may repel IU donorsRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Based on 50 conversations IU Foundation President Curt Simic had with donors the week after news broke of the potential firing of men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson over alleged NCAA improprieties, the chief of Indiana University's philanthropic arm says he has little fear the latest athletic department controversy will affect financial support to the school.
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NOTIONS: Emerging from Eden, wanting to head straight backRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, my wife Cherí and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a trip to Turks and Caicos. We walked for miles along the white sand beaches of Grace Bay, snuggled in a hammock at sunset, slathered on sunblock and, between us, polished off 10 books at poolside. By midweek, we'd finally chilled from the tension of the daily grind. Unfortunately, about that time, the anticipatory anxiety of returning home set in. "I don't wanna go back," was our...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Protestors shouldn't control community developmentRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Brian Mann
N e i g h b o r h o o d activists in Pittsburgh are fighting a development that would bring a grocery store, job training center, youth programs and other social services to the area of the Pittsburgh Penguins' $290 million arena. The Pittsburgh group was planning a march in protest. Is retail and commercial development next to a sports arena a bad idea? A Cambridge, Mass., neighborhood group was opposed to the development of three townhomes, arguing...
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SPORTS: Once in Knight's doghouse, I never came outRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Bill Benner
If memory serves, the year was 1982. I was in Bloomington covering a Bob Knight media gathering for the local daily when one of the employees of Indiana University's sports information office tapped me on the shoulder and said I had an emergency call from my wife. I immediately picked up my notepad and tape recorder and called home. Our 2-yearold daughter was apparently seriously ill and my wife was in the process of taking her to the hospital emergency...
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City getting new marathonRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Organizers for a new Indianapolis marathon and half-marathon think the event will become a national draw, showcasing downtown monuments and historic neighborhoods. The first Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, to be held Nov. 1, is the brainchild of Carlton Ray, a former city engineer who worked in the Hudnut, Goldsmith and Peterson administrations.
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Fishers' hoops venue signs 2 franchise deals, plans moreRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
A multi-court basketball fieldhouse is doing such brisk business in Fishers, its owners have decided to franchise the operation. Scott Burton, CEO of The Fieldhouse, said deals have already been signed with franchisees in Merrillville and in Naperville, Ill.
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Speedway shows popular on Joost Web networkRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Shows provided by IMS Productions, the video production arm of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are among the top draws for Joost, a high-profile Internet provider of television content launched last October.
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SPORTS: NFL retirees want to help banged up brethrenRestricted Content

February 4, 2008
Bill Benner
Before Bob Sanders, the last strong safety wearing a Colts uniform to achieve Pro Bowl status was Bruce Laird. Laird played from 1972 through 1981 for the Baltimore Colts, then closed out his career in 1983 with the San Diego Chargers. Like Sanders, Laird was known for "laying the wood" to opposing players. Translation: He was a hard hitter. These days, he still feels those tackles. "I felt great until I was 47, then, all of a sudden, nothing worked,"...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Dungy gets career-and game-advice from aboveRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Yes, Tony, I knew it was you. I'm God, remember. Well, God, it's that time of year again. End of the season. I've got you on my daytimer ... in pen. Same time every year. The job, Tony? Yes, God, the job with the Colts. Do I stay or do I go? Well, Tony, as you know, I'm the Big Picture Guy. I can try to guide you, but I can't tell you what to do. It's that whole free-will...
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Pacers falls into last place in NBA home attendanceRestricted Content

January 28, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers have hit rock bottom. This month, the team slipped into last place in average home attendance among the 30 National Basketball Association teams, falling behind the New Orleans Hornets, a team that is selling tickets in an area still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
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SPORTS: Dungy deserves respect whether he stays or goesRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Bill Benner
-Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi" I'm dumbstruck by what I'm hearing and reading. (Probably more dumb than struck, you're thinking.) Still, I have to ask: When did the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy become such a mediocre coach? When did he become a coach that, as some are expressing to owner Jim Irsay, is not worth fighting for, or at least making accommodations to retain? When did he become such a poor leader of a team that we should accept his...
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Sports tenants ponder vacating Pan Am Plaza: Four national governing bodies could share officeRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
The Pan Am Plaza building, constructed to provide office space for amateur sports organizations, may soon be losing three of its highest-profile tenants. USA Gymnastics, USA Diving and U.S. Synchronized Swimming are contemplating moving out of the building at 201 S. Capitol Ave., sources close to the organizations said. A fourth group, USA Track & Field, which is preparing to move from the RCA Dome, is considering joining the other three sports-governing bodies in shared office space-preferably downtown. USATF will...
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SPORTS: College football playoff is, suddenly, on the tableRestricted Content

January 14, 2008
Bill Benner
In the aftermath of the Bowl Championship Series' "championship" game, University of Georgia President Michael Adams didn't just lob a grenade. He dropped a bombshell. Like many of his presidential colleagues, Adams has long been an opponent of the continued calls for major college football to go to some kind of national championship playoff. But on Jan. 8, just hours after two-loss LSU claimed the title with a one-sided victory over Ohio State, Adams unveiled a plan calling for an...
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New closings undercut east-side mall's revival: Tenants since '74 opening have seen huge changesRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Cory Schouten
The handful of retailers who have persevered through hard times for Washington Square Mall felt encouraged in recent years as newcomers Steve & Barry's University Sportswear and Buffalo Wild Wings arrived. But the holiday season brought grim news: Macy's now plans to close, and Gap won't be far behind. Besides Caramelcorn, MCL and change, few things have been constant at the east-side mall since it opened in 1974. The 965,000-square-foot mall was 21 percent vacant last year, the worst occupancy...
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Colts' suite holders devise ways to maximize boxes' valueRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
In a meeting that had more X's and O's than Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy's game-day war room, FedEx District Sales Manager Doug Knowles and his lieutenants decided which clients and prospective clients would be invited to the FedEx suite which game, which FedEx employees would accompany them, and what ancillary activities would be planned.
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Schools bring business into the classroom: Students learn from CEOs, race-car drivers, othersRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Tracy Donhardt
When Marian College asked racecar driver Michael Crawford to help launch the school's entrepreneur-in-residence program and mentor students about realworld business, he wasn't sure if it was such a great idea. "My hesitation was I didn't want to pursue it right away," Crawford said. "What happens if I go out of business? That would be embarrassing." But he decided to do it because he believes his experience as an entrepreneur is more realistic than anything the students will read about...
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SPORTS: Time for IU fans to memorialize Hep, then move onRestricted Content

January 7, 2008
Bill Benner
The spirit of the dearly departed Terry Hoeppner, if not his presence, was palpable during the New Year's Eve Insight Bowl at Tempe, Ariz. Those footballshaped "Hep" buttons were ubiquitous. The phrases "Play 13" and "Don't Quit" could be heard repeatedly. At a pre-game pep rally in a Tempe park, thousands of IU faithful gathered so the Indiana football team could honor Hep's tradition of The Walk. IU's new president, Michael McRobbie, led the players and coaches through the back-slapping,...
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For city politics, back to the future: GOP returns without guaranteesRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
The Republican party dominated city government here in the 1970s, '80s and '90s, and for much of that time it was assumed that the party's lock on city hall was tamper-proof. Voters proved that theory wrong in 1999. Whether it was changing demographics or the fatigue that sets in when one party rules for too long, the public turned the mayor's office over to Democrat Bart Peterson. Four years later, Peterson easily won re-election and the Democrats won the City-County...
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SPORTS: An open letter to Greg, er Hizzoner, Mayor Ballard:Restricted Content

December 31, 2007
Bill Benner
Well, the day is here when you finally get the keys to the offices on the 25th floor of the City-County Building. Congratulations. I knew you had the election in the bag all the way. Yeah, right. Anyway, I've noticed you have formed a number of transition teams to bring you up to speed on the various forms and functions of citycounty government. Folks way smarter than I have provided reams of information that will provide you a road map...
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THE TRAVELING LIFE: Genghis Khan slept-and was admired-here

December 31, 2007
Frank Basile
Before we landed at the Genghis Khan Airport, checked into the Genghis Khan Hotel, and drank Genghis Khan beer, everything we had heard about the most famous Mongol of all time was negative. But that changed when we visited Mongolia in September. You might wonder what nice things could be said about a guy who conquered more territory in 25 years than the Romans did in 400? Well, the people we encountered perceived him as a combination of George Washington,...
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Colts win Super Bowl; city loses bid to hostRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Despite a mammoth effort by city leaders, which included raising $25 million from the corporate community, Indianapolis lost to Dallas the right to host the 2011 Super Bowl.
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