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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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SPORTS: Discipline on court, disappointment in standsRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Bill Benner
As an Indiana University alumnus, I guess you could say I'm dissed off. Disappointed. Disillusioned. Disheartened. And I know I'm not alone. There is simply no excuse, no rationale and no justification for Kelvin Sampson's basketball program to be operating outside the NCAA rules or the NCAA sanctions he brought to Bloomington from the University of Oklahoma. I don't care that the NCAA's rule book is thicker than the New York City white pages. I don't buy that those rules...
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City ready to launch bid for USA BasketballRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis is poised to launch a bid to attract USA Basketball's headquarters from its Colorado Springs home. The not-for-profit national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States recently put out a request for proposals for a new headquarters city.
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SPORTS: These are the most valuable players on our teamRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Bill Benner
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning made news recently when Business Week ranked him 13th among the 100 most-powerful people in sports. Not to be outdone, or to let a good idea go unstolen, here's my list of the 25 most- influential people in Indianapolis sports. Criteria: my opinion. No. 1: Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George. With three races (including next September's Moto GP motorcycle debut) bringing in more than $700 million annually, IMS is the elephant in the room that...
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Commentary: WIB-see moves to the FM dialRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Chris Katterjohn
I noted the passing of WIBC-AM with more than just a little interest. Yes, my little interest-I don't listen to commercial radio-was coupled with a heavy dose of nostalgia. This is the end of an era, for crying out loud. WIBC, which in my youth we referred to more often as "WIB-see," was my parents' favorite station in the morning. I equate the sound of Gary Todd's voice with the smell of bacon and eggs on school days. I also...
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New leader aims to keep school, students growing: More businesses support private north-side institutionRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
What began in 1994 as a six-room schoolhouse with 38 students has grown into a three-building campus with 602 pupils. The growth of the International School of Indiana, which welcomed a new headmaster this year, has been possible because of increased support from an expanding flock of businesses. They believe in its mission: to help attract scientists and executives from around the world to this community by providing a global education for their children. Before the school opened, recalled Eli...
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SPORTS: Offended by the Pacers? Watch their defenseRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Bill Benner
On Media Day Oct. 1 in Conseco Fieldhouse, all was well in the Indiana Pacers' world. New coaches. New hope. New optimism. New season. New attitude. Save poor Shawne Williams'alarm clock-and, just askin', but when was the last time you overslept an appointment with a judge?-and the lingering legal issues still facing Jamal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels, the feeling of looking forward and a fresh start was palpable. For those of you who have not yet met, or heard speak,...
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PROFILE CAROLYN CLAY: Attorney 'escapes' from the infamous Rock Challenging open-water Alcatraz race gives a whole new meaning to 'swimming with the sharks' Editor's Note: The original version of this story appeared in the July 11 issue of the Indiana LawRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Rebecca Berfanger
PROFILE CAROLYN CLAY Attorney 'escapes' from the infamous Rock Challenging open-water Alcatraz race gives a whole new meaning to 'swimming with the sharks' Editor's Note: The original version of this story appeared in the July 11 issue of the Indiana Lawyer, a statewide newspaper for lawyers published by IBJ Media. Women in Business editor Della Pacheco added to the original story. Carolyn Clay has been swimming for as long as she can remember. The 29-year-old attorney at Indianapolis law firm...
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Players benched for new Pacers adsRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers recently rolled out a marketing initiative that was in sharp contrast to last year's campaign, which prominently featured players and proclaimed, "It's up to us." This year's new television, radio and print advertisements appear with not a whisper from or mention of anyone actually wearing the blue and gold.
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Chevrolet pleased with ads, but CD sales hit pothole: Mellencamp is selling trucks, but not tunesRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Hoosier rocker John Mellencamp is helping Chevrolet sell more trucks, but he's having less luck when it comes to selling his records. In November, Mellencamp embarked on his first major commercial campaign, selling his song "Our Country" to Chevrolet for its Silverado pickup truck campaign. Since then, tens of millions of people have seen commercials-some that show Mellencamp playing guitar, while others simply play his song-during myriad collegiate and professional basketball and football games. Chevrolet officials said the commercials featuring...
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SURF THIS: On the Net: Buying and branding the Bonds ball

October 1, 2007
Jim Cota
Faithful readers may remember that my last column was about the young man who decided to sell the record-breaking home-run baseball hit by Barry Bonds. I found the story rather telling as it dealt with human nature, our proclivity to place sports figures on pedestals (often undeservingly), and an undercurrent of the value of authenticity and integrity. Even casual sports fans are aware of the mild controversy surrounding Bonds and his suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs. A few interesting things...
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Convention faithful are sticking it out: Trade groups say perks outweigh construction hassleRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Indiana Convention Center isn't big enough for some large trade shows, but Indianapolis' location and hospitality are enough to keep certain customers coming back. Despite losing locally based Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association's CEDIA Expo and California-based Performance Racing Industry's annual show-and the estimated $45 million attendees spent each year-Indianapolis has managed to keep three other biggies. Do it Best Corp.'s twice-yearly trade show, Advanstar Communications' Dealer Expo and the Fire Department Instructors Conference are sticking around because...
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SPORTS: Indiana's finest embark on the trip of a lifetimeRestricted Content

October 1, 2007
Bill Benner
On Sept. 25, the NCAA's Hall of Champions was a hall filled with champions. Yes, former Carmel basketball state champion, Purdue bowl champion and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Mark Herrmann was there. So were Justin Snow and a couple of his teammates from the Super Bowl champion Colts. But the champs on this day were athletes such as Sam McNew from Noblesville, Jessica Crook from Logansport, Mitch Johnson from Muncie, Danielle Burgin from Jeffersonville, and Shane Talbert from Attica. Later, at...
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SPORTS: Sadly, loyalists come to the aid of a Patriot cheaterRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Bill Benner
Undoubtedly, he was caught up in his "Win-One-For-The-Gipper" moment when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said of Bill Belichick, "We play for probably the best coach in the history of the NFL." We'll set aside for a moment whether Belichick can be placed above the likes of Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Joe Gibbs or Don Shula, just to name several. And we'll forget that Belichick wasn't so great a coach in Cleveland, where he was...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: It's OK for philanthropic motivations to be a little selfishRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jami Marsh
It probably goes without saying that New Yorkers can be, well, a bit difficult. As a fund-raiser for a NYC-based not-forprofit for many years, I encountered my fair share of these folks, which is one reason why I really looked forward to coming back to my home state of Indiana. Having grown up in Indiana, I knew of the kindness and generosity shown to me by neighbors, teachers-even complete strangers-but I'd never lived and worked here as an adult. More...
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IRL drops green flag on revenue-sharing plan: Series places no limits on number of teams eligibleRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indy Racing League is going where only stick-and-ball sports have gone before: revenue sharing. In a concept unique to motorsports, IRL officials have floated a plan that will guarantee teams about $1.3 million from series coffers for each car entered full time in the 16-race series. The change means the IRL could pay out $36 million to teams in 2008, $10 million more than it did through prize purses this year. Industry experts think revenue generated by the newly...
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City paves way to redevelop Bush Stadium siteRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis has initiated the redevelopment process for Bush Stadium, its shuttered sports landmark. The Metropolitan Development Commission has hired a pair of local firms for $25,000 to appraise historic Bush Stadium--a first step toward reuse or, more likely, at least partial demolition.
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SPORTS: What are these 'professionals' thinking? They're notRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Bill Benner
An open letter to the Indiana Pacers Shawne Williams (boy, are these open letters to Pacers fun): My first question, Shawne: What were you thinking? But then, it's obvious you weren't thinking or, if you were, it was only about yourself and not the team or town Here's something else that probably hasn't occurred to you: Because of you, the highly respected Donnie Walsh and one of the greatest to ever put on a basketball uniform, Larry Bird, are being...
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Indians reverse attendance slide: 10-percent increase could lead to seven-figure profitRestricted Content

September 17, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Indians this year scored the second-highest-percentage attendance increase in the 14-team International League. The spike could push the team's profit over $1 million. The AAA farm team for Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 10-percent increase in attendance. The Indians drew 8,383 per game, up from 7,608 in 2006. While attendance for all minor-league baseball teams was up 2.2 percent, the Indians' ability to beat that trend in a crowded sports market is a testament to the...
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SPORTS: Feel-good sports stories are out there-just lookRestricted Content

September 10, 2007
Bill Benner
No question about it, the feel-good that sport can create has taken a beating this summer. There was Barry Bonds breaking the Major League homerun record under the strong suspicion of steroid use, NFL star Michael Vick's guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges, the betting scandal involving NBA referee Tim Donaghy, and the revelation of match-fixing in professional tennis. Just to name a few. It could really get you down if you let it. Yet, I've written this before-sport provides...
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SURF THIS: Selling Bonds online-the baseball kind, anyway

September 3, 2007
Jim Cota
Would you sell a piece of history? Let's just say, for the purposes of this discussion, that you were in possession of a piece of history with a generally healthy market value-an 1884 Carson City $20 gold coin, for example. written notes from the Gettysburg Address. Or, say, the baseball that Barry Bonds hit to break Hank Aaron's homerun record. Would you sell it? I wondered about this recently when I read that Matt Murphy, the fan who caught the...
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SPORTS: Lynch isn't Hep, but he's a coach you can root forRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Bill Benner
I recall being on the football field at Ball State University in November of 1996, moments after the Cardinals had clinched the Mid-American Conference championship. The head coach, Bill Lynch, was exceedingly thrilled, as you might expect. But he also was exceedingly humble, deflecting the credit and making sure the spotlight was focused not on him, but on his players. Fast forward to 1999, when Ball State was in the throes of a losing streak that was to reach 21...
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Big Ten battles for TV sports bonanzaRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The new Big Ten Network and some of the nation's largest cable television systems are fighting over how consumers will be charged for the network's programming. Hundreds of sporting events could be blacked out in local markets, including scores of Indiana and Purdue university football and basketball games, if the two sides don't reach an agreement.
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SPORTS: Killing animals for sport isn't right-or uncommonRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Bill Benner
On an August afternoon in 1992, while covering the Olympic Games in Barcelona for the local daily, several of us decided we needed to experience a slice of authentic Spanish culture. So we journeyed to a bullfight. I could offer a lengthy narrative, but I'll provide the abridged version. The bulls are lanced several times by men on horseback. The subsequent loss of blood weakens the animals ... slowly and agonizingly. Then the matador arrives with a sword and completes...
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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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