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Pledge blitz buoys Bowl bidRestricted Content

March 19, 2007
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The team leading Indianapolis' bid to host the 2011 Super Bowl is calling on the corporate community to get in the game fast. More than a dozen business leaders are rushing to raise $25 million before May 23, when NFL owners are expected to select a host city from hopefuls Indianapolis; Dallas; and Glendale, Ariz.
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PROFILE: ELIZABETH HAHN ELLIS: Love of sports, organization really 'peying' off Foundation director coordinates philanthropic moves for Colts quarterback Peyton ManningRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Della Pacheco
PROFILE ELIZABETH HAHN ELLIS Love of sports, organization really 'peying' off Foundation director coordinates philanthropic moves for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning There's hardly a Hoosier today who hasn't heard of Peyton Manning and his amazing plays on the field. But quietly coordinating the philanthropic plays behind the scenes for Manning's PeyBack Foundation is Indianapolis native Elizabeth Hahn Ellis. As executive director of the 7-year-old charitable foundation, Ellis, 36, deftly fields requests from not-forprofit organizations seeking grants, contributions from individuals and...
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Commentary: How to improve Indy's 2011 Super BowlRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Brian Williams
Feb. 4, 2007, will be a day fondly remembered in Indianapolis for generations to come. It was the day the Indianapolis Colts emerged victorious from Super Bowl XLI. The Super Bowl media exposure, combined with the city's proud history of organizing and hosting some of the world's largest sporting events, should position us well to serve as host for the 2011 Super Bowl. Already, a host committee has been formed and seed funds committed. The General Assembly has passed legislation...
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SPORTS: Rome won't burn if we remember to stick togetherRestricted Content

March 12, 2007
Bill Benner
Recently, I attended a Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Seminar at the Downtown Marriott. Members of the socalled "City Committee"-a group that convened three decades ago to brainstorm and map the future of India n a p o l i s - w e r e addressing younger professionals who well could be involved in determining the direction for our city over the next 30 years. Louis Mahern, who was then a leading state Democratic senator helping to push bipartisan support...
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NFL Combine could leave Indianapolis after 20-plus years: Event organizers want better deal after 2008Restricted Content

March 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Despite moving their headquarters from Tulsa to Indianapolis last year, the organizers of the NFL Scouting Combine said the event could move following 2008. "We're still in the midst of data collection, so it's difficult to evaluate this year's event," said Jeffrey Foster, president of National Invitational Camp, which runs the Combine from its office at Pan Am Plaza. While the primary concern of agents and players-the speed of the 40-yard dash track-was worked out, a new set of concerns...
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SPORTS: Here's Bird's take on the Pacers' fall from graceRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
Bill Benner
Timing is everything, which meant I was in the caboose of the media train that rolled through Larry Bird's office recently. So by the time I sat down with the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations, Bird had pretty much heard, and answered, every question with regard to the frustrating state of our NBA franchise. There's no pretty picture to be painted: The off-court incidents, first at the infamous Club Rio during training camp, then at the Eight Seconds Saloon;...
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SPORTS: Here's how a referee makes the hall of fameRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Bill Benner
As the boys' and girls' high school swimming seasons come to a close, my thoughts turn to a man who in April will be inducted into the first class of the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. It's notable because this person never swam a competitive lap in his life. That said, I can't think of anyone more deserving. In the big picture of local sports-where the major leaguers and the major colleges reside-not many have heard...
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NBA set to OK more revenue sharingRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
A push from Indiana Pacers co-owner Herb Simon and seven other National Basketball Association owners is spurring league officials to adopt broader revenue-sharing measures. But those measures might not be enough to pull the Pacers out of the red.
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MICKEY MAURER Commentary: Nothing new in athletes misbehavingRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
There were lots of empty seats at Conseco Fieldhouse the other night. It seems thousands of fans of professional basketball in Indiana are no longer "ready to rumble." At this rate, Pacers leaping into the stands will have no one left to cold-cock. Local media has exacerbated the situation by an ad nauseam comparison of the world champion Indianapolis Colts to the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately for the Pacers, the Super Bowl and the latest melee occurred within hours of each...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: Snowstorms make you wonderRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary Snowstorms make you wonder Television weatherpeople are weird creatures, and I mean that in the nicest way. I know a few of them, and they are very fine individuals. But while most folks get anxious over "weather events" like Feb. 13's snowstorm, TV weatherpeople get excited, downright giddy. Their eyes gleam with intensity. They become more animated. Their nervous systems crank to high alert. They are like the veritable kid in the candy store. Weather events are...
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SPORTS: Sports media turns blind eye to coaches of faithRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Bill Benner
In today's America, the separation (or lack thereof) of church and state is a political lightning rod. The separation of church and sports is not of concern. That's because the media already has taken care of it. In the sports media, references to religion in general or of a higher being in particular are not welcome. For athletes or coaches to say their success has come from the gifts given to them by their Creator does not compute in the...
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Squabble threatens ABA's credibilityRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Rival board members are at war over the future of the American Basketball Association just as the Indianapolis-based professional league appeared to be on the cusp of breakthrough growth.
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NOTIONS: If you want to be your best, Easy Street's a dead endRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Bruce Hetrick
I've been driving around Indiana with my pal, the professor. For four consecutive Thursdays, we rendezvoused at dawn, grabbed cups of caffeine and headed to the northeast corner of the state to teach grant-writing. Our students, desperately seeking funds for the not-for-profit organizations they lead, were eager to learn and engaged in our lesson. The conversations en route were equally engrossing. We talked about our families and their health, our kids and their activities. We covered politics, sports and our...
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SPORTS: Pacers pull us back from Super Bowl's warm afterglowRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Bill Benner
Let's see now ... The city of Indianapolis announces it is formally pursuing the 2011 Super Bowl. Indiana University defeats second-ranked University of Wisconsin in Assembly Hall, ending the Badgers' chances of becoming the first team since IU in 1976 to go through the league unbeaten. North Central High School's Eric Gordon goes for 43 points in a nationally televised game against a Chicago high school team featuring the two sons of Michael Jordan, who watches from the bleachers. Butler...
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Exclusive golf club opens up--a littleRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Until now, gaining entrance into the exclusive nine-hole golf course built on 40 acres next to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers was as difficult as a commoner scoring an invitation to a royal palace. But admittance to Balmoral is loosening--a little.
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University Loft finds growing niche in hospitality industry: Indianapolis-based furniture manufacturer known for college products sees big potential in hotel segmentRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Scott Olson
The University Loft Co.'s graduation from dormitory to hotel-furniture maker is beginning to show promise. While the Indianapolis-based manufacturer's bread and butter remains campus furnishings, its decision to enter the hospitality market in 2003 has CEO James Jannetides thinking big-as in presidentialsuite big. In four years, the ULC Hospitality division has grown to account for nearly 10 percent of the company's $100 million annual revenue. Jannetides, though, envisions the branch's eventually contributing half in his quest to someday make ULC...
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Colts seize Super moment for marketingRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
With a season-ticket waiting list of more than 13,000--and growing by the hour--the Indianapolis Colts marketing team can settle into cruise control, right? Owner Jim Irsay thinks not.
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Super Bowl bid team more confident after visit to Miami: Civic leaders gathered useful info on 'terrific' tripRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Cory Schouten
No more. In Miami, the daunting requirements for hosting the game began to make more sense. The city's strengths came into focus. Extensive tours of the stadium, media center, team hotels and practice facilities, along with hours of meetings with NFL brass and officials with other host cities, left the contingent feeling Indianapolis is ready for a Super Bowl. The group hopes to raise $25 million in private funds to host the game in 2011. "It was a terrific trip...
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TO DO LIST: BUTLER BASKETBALL: All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!'Restricted Content

February 5, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
TO DO LIST BUTLER BASKETBALL All together now: 'Let's go Bulldogs, let's go!' Looking for a way to satisfy your sports jones now that football season's over? Check out Indianapolis' other team-the Butler Bulldogs-at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. The nationally ranked basketball squad is at its prime, and taking in a home game is an entertaining reminder of the good old days when college athletes played their hearts out for four years and communities came out in force to rally 'round...
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SPORTS: Super Bowl has special meaning for diversity watchdogRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Bill Benner
As this is being written, it is uncertain which head coach will grasp the Lombardi Trophy. Those of us here certainly hope it is the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy. If not, however, Floyd Keith of the Indianapolis-based Black Coaches Association still can't lose. Because the trophy then would be in the hands of the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith. As most of the world knows by now, Super Bowl XLI in Miami was going to be historic even before the opening...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary: It's déjà vu all over againRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
CHRIS KATTERJOHN Commentary It's déjà vu all over again Every once in a while, I'm struck by the same-ness of things. My last column was filed from Florida, as was last year's second column in January. This week's is being written upon my return from a publisher's meeting in Puerto Vallarta, as was last year's first February column. That's a little scary. Is my life getting to be that predictable? Remember my passport debacle from last year? This year in...
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Architect of Colts' success worked his way to the topRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Bill Polian, the multi-sport schoolboy athlete from the Bronx, never had the advantage of an inside track. So he broke into the National Football League the only way he knew how: by outworking and outsmarting the competition. By all accounts, Polian, 64 and now president of the Indianapolis Colts, is still at it.
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Ex-Baker & Daniels attorney a big wheel at Earnhardt Inc.Restricted Content

February 5, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
After being named president of Charlotte, N.C.-based Dale Earnhardt Inc. Feb. 1, Indianapolis native Max Siegel, 42, is now the highest-ranking minority executive in NASCAR.
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Super Bowl win not necessarily profitableRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
If the Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl Feb. 4, team owner Jim Irsay will be going deep into his pocket. Contrary to popular belief, winning the Super Bowl is not a huge financial windfall--at least not in the near term for the team and its owner.
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Super Bowl travel plans mix business, funRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Cory Schouten
Super Bowl XLI has become a can't-miss event for dozens of local business executives and government honchos, who are shelling out several thousand dollars apiece to watch the Feb. 4 game in person.
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