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Labor tiff puts loan for stadium in limbo: NFL Players Association refusing to back $34 million as fight with owners drags onRestricted Content

February 27, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
A $34 million loan from the NFL that the Indianapolis Colts are counting on to fund part of their share of stadium construction could get sacked, at least temporarily, in an NFL labor dispute. Teams with pending stadium loans-including the Colts, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants and Jets-hoped to get final approval of their loans at the March owners' meeting. That is now in serious doubt, league sources said. NFL owners last June approved a $34 million loan for...
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SPORTS: Time for Mike Davis to look himself in the mirrorRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Bill Benner
"Why's everybody always pickin' on me?" - from the song "Charlie Brown," by The Coasters I count myself among many, many Indiana University alumni, supporters and basketball fans in general who wanted to see Mike Davis succeed as the Hoosiers' coach. I admired his demeanor, humility and honesty. I respected the incredibly difficult situation he inherited, first as the interim coach, then as the man designated to sustain IU's tradition in the wake of Bob Knight's firing. And certainly, no...
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Entrepreneurship the Indian way: A day with a Bangalore software-maker reveals business parallelsRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
BANGALORE, India-HealthAsyst CEO Umesh Bajaj remembers when the only computers allowed in India were self-assembled. As recently as 20 years ago, the Indian government's protectionist measures prohibited foreign companies from directly selling PCs. Instead, Indians imported microchips and built the computers themselves. In his first job as an electronics engineer for an Indian conglomerate, Bajaj crisscrossed the country marketing versions of mainframes and desktops made in India. Today Bajaj, a 55-year-old born in New Delhi, owns his own Bangalore-based health...
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Industry veteran at helm as ATA exits bankruptcy: After months of tumult, Karnik ready for 'boring' yearRestricted Content

February 20, 2006
Chris O\'malley
Subodh Karnik slowly backed up to his chair at ATA Airlines Inc. and slumped into it. His 46-year-old back was killing him. One of his elementary-age sons back home in Atlanta used him like a trampoline over the weekend. The injury got worse when Karnick ran through the airport, like O.J. Simpson in an old Hertz commercial, to catch a flight back to Indianapolis. "I was born a masochist," said Karnik, a 6-foot-4-inch native of Mumbai, India, who sports a...
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SPORTS: Here's to the last champion of single-class sportsRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Bill Benner
Somewhat overlooked at the time because it was (A) girls softball and (B) took place in June, Turkey Run's 11-7 victory over Center Grove nonetheless remains a lasting testimonial to those who believe the size of the dream should not be diminished by the size of the school. A year later, the dream died for all time when the Indiana High School Athletic Association's board voted to divide team sports championships into classes according to enrollment. That decision-later affirmed by...
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Speedway waits to renew deal with Formula 1: New date puts Grand Prix up against World Cup soccer, IRL and NASCAR racesRestricted Content

February 13, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The long-term future of the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis may hinge on a littleknown American driver and a soccer match several thousand miles away. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials said they will keep a close eye on attendance for the July 2 race before deciding whether to negotiate with Formula One brass for a new contract to bring the race back. This is the final year in a two-year contract extension F1 czar Bernie Ecclestone signed with IMS President Tony...
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CHRIS KATTERJOHN The case of the missing passport Commentary:Restricted Content

February 6, 2006
Friday, 7:30 a.m.: I arrive at Indianapolis International Airport for a 9:01 a.m. flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I'll be attending a conference, and realize I have left my passport at home. I ask myself, "How could I be so stupid?" Friday, 7:35 a.m.: I check in at the American Airlines ticket desk, then call my brother, who is already at work. I ask him for a "huge favor," whereupon he leaves work, goes to my house to retrieve...
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IRL traveling bumpy road: Despite successes, sponsors are walking, teams are folding and top drivers lack ridesRestricted Content

February 6, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Feb. 4-7 auction of locally based Panther Racing hangs over the open-wheel series like a dark cloud at a time when IRL officials have been crowing about its 2005 successes. Television ratings soared 53 percent from 2004 to 2005, attendance increased 9 percent, merchandise sales were up 75 percent, and Web traffic on the series' site rose 162 percent. According to Joyce Julius and Associates, an independent Ann Arbor, Mich.-based media research firm, sponsors got 57 percent more exposures...
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SPORTS Count your blessings, depressed Colts fans:Restricted Content

February 6, 2006
Bill Benner
OK, as you read this, the Super Bowl is about to occur, or has just taken place, depending on when you get your IBJ. And you are, perhaps, gloomy. Depressed. Still nursing that emotional hangover. You're blue ... Colts blue in hue and psyche. The Horseshoes didn't make it, and that brings to mind another expression beginning with "horse". So, as a public service to all those still suffering an extended case of dejection and despair-to be compounded by hours...
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SPORTS: Crazy-with-grief Colts fans, you're now on the airRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Bill Benner
Welcome to WIBJ Radio. I'm Beebee, your host of "Sports Geeks." Our first caller is Fred from Franklin. Fred? Beebs, man, here's how we handle those low-life, stomp-onour-hearts, marshmallow-soft Indianapolis Colts. We take their new stadium away. I mean, they are not worthy. So until they reach the Super Bowl, I say keep 'em in the Dome. Fred, what do we do with that big hole? Fill it in with water so the bean company can have beachfront property. Let's...
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Landing ad revenue: Airport charged up over sponsorship of electrical outletsRestricted Content

January 30, 2006
Chris O\'malley
Advertisements for mutual funds, watches and kolaches. Now as you wait at the gate for your flight, you'll even see ads on electrical outlets. The Indianapolis Airport Authority on Jan. 20 was expected to approve a $65,000 marketing partnership with Chase in what is the latest and certainly the most electrifying of all advertising schemes at Indianapolis International Airport. These are desperate times for marketers. Too many ads are getting lost in the shuffle. And barraged consumers have figured out...
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African-American museum pushes back opening date: Group starts public fund-raising campaign Feb. 4Restricted Content

January 30, 2006
Matthew Kish
Civic leaders announced in 2004 they hoped to raise $50 million to build the Indiana Museum of African American History in White River State Park by 2008. On the eve of the museum's first public fund-raiser-a black-tie dinner at the downtown Westin Hotel on Feb. 4-officials acknowledge plans have changed for the 120,000-square-foot building. In 2004, a feasibility study, paid for with $800,000 in seed money raised from groups including Lilly Endowment Inc., showed the aggressive fund-raising and construction schedule...
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SPORTS: Crazy-with-grief Colts fans, you're now on the airRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Bill Benner
Welcome to WIBJ Radio. I'm Beebee, your host of "Sports Geeks." Our first caller is Fred from Franklin. Fred? Beebs, man, here's how we handle those low-life, stomp-onour-hearts, marshmallow-soft Indianapolis Colts. We take their new stadium away. I mean, they are not worthy. So until they reach the Super Bowl, I say keep 'em in the Dome. Fred, what do we do with that big hole? Fill it in with water so the bean company can have beachfront property. Let's...
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Landing ad revenue: Airport charged up over sponsorship of electrical outletsRestricted Content

January 23, 2006
Chris O\'malley
Advertisements for mutual funds, watches and kolaches. Now as you wait at the gate for your flight, you'll even see ads on electrical outlets. The Indianapolis Airport Authority on Jan. 20 was expected to approve a $65,000 marketing partnership with Chase in what is the latest and certainly the most electrifying of all advertising schemes at Indianapolis International Airport. These are desperate times for marketers. Too many ads are getting lost in the shuffle. And barraged consumers have figured out...
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African-American museum pushes back opening date: Group starts public fund-raising campaign Feb. 4Restricted Content

January 23, 2006
Matthew Kish
Civic leaders announced in 2004 they hoped to raise $50 million to build the Indiana Museum of African American History in White River State Park by 2008. On the eve of the museum's first public fund-raiser-a black-tie dinner at the downtown Westin Hotel on Feb. 4-officials acknowledge plans have changed for the 120,000-square-foot building. In 2004, a feasibility study, paid for with $800,000 in seed money raised from groups including Lilly Endowment Inc., showed the aggressive fund-raising and construction schedule...
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SPORTS: Century-old NCAA ready to flaunt its new imageRestricted Content

January 16, 2006
Bill Benner
A centennial celebration only comes around, what, every hundred years or so? Given that, the NCAA hopes to do right by its 100th anniversary, and to maximize the opportunity it brings. "This is the catalyst," says Dennis Cryder, the association's senior vice president for branding and communications. "The foundation has been put in place. Now we want to use the centennial to put our student-athletes out front, and represent the best of the whole process of putting sports and academics...
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IRSAY'S ODYSSEY: Owner learned from life in NFL to build winning team

January 16, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts' evolution from perennial patsy to Super Bowl favorite is a body of work with a seldom-told—and often misunderstood—history. It's easy to see the hues all-pros Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James painted on this masterpiece season. President Bill Polian and Coach Tony Dungy certainly colored the landscape. And Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore added his creativity. But theirs aren't the only signatures on this canvas.
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SPORTS: Let me count the ways sports enrich education 264 494 281 512202 511 232 527284 494 301 512278 511 301 527234 511 257 527Other columnists tackle education topics. PAGES 8,9,12,28& 38Restricted Content

January 9, 2006
Bill Benner
Other columnists tackle education topics. PAGES 8,9,12,28& 38 There is a school of thought that the pursuits of sports and education are somehow mutually exclusive. Short of that, certainly there are those who believe sports are overemphasized in relation to education and, in terms of expenditures, every dollar spent on sports is a dollar somehow taken away from education. In Indiana, Our Man Mitch Daniels, the governor, has been critical of local school boards for approving the construction of athletic...
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Super Bowl no longer 'right moment': Lilly shifts Cialis ads, will focus on programs aimed toward adultsRestricted Content

January 9, 2006
Tom Murphy
As the Indianapolis Colts gear up for a run to next month's Super Bowl, Eli Lilly and Co. already has decided to watch from the sidelines after two straight appearances during the big game. In a marketing strategy shift, the Indianapolis drugmaker will forgo TV commercials for its erectile dysfunction drug Cialis during the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 10. Cialis competitors Viagra and Levitra may join it on the bench, as the pharmaceutical industry trends...
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SPORTS: The good, the bad and the hoped for in sportsRestricted Content

January 2, 2006
Bill Benner
Even with some disappointments sprinkled in (Ron Artest, Purdue football and no state teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament), 2005 was an outstanding year for sports in Indiana. But 2006 will be even better. In that vein, we look back, and we look ahead: Best local sports stories of 2005 1) The passing of the funding mechanisms at the state and local levels that led to the Sept. 20 groundbreaking for Indiana Stadium. While Reggie Miller's retirement from the...
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In the new year, building on the successes of 2005:Restricted Content

January 2, 2006
Bart Peterson
This past year was one of the most active and successful in our city's history. We pushed through legislation to fund an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and build a new multi-purpose stadium, both of which will be tremendous boons to our region's economy, pumping in more than $2.25 billion in investment and creating more than 4,200 permanent jobs over the next 10 years. In addition, through the leadership of the governor and legislature, a one-of-a-kind regional funding solution...
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TOM HARTON Commentary: On defense, Republicans get divisiveRestricted Content

January 2, 2006
After Republicans Scott Keller and Lance Langsford broke party ranks at the Dec.19 City-County Council meeting and voted for cop consolidation and an expanded human-rights ordinance, fellow Republican Jim Bradford e-mailed them and questioned whether they were true Republicans. Lately, it's Bradford and other Republican hard-liners who don't seem like the Indianapolis Republicans of old. Republicans mayors Richard Lugar, William Hudnut and Steve Goldsmith provided pragmatic, progressive leadership here in the 1970s and '80s and '90s. Lugar and longtime Council...
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2006: Making Indianapolis a family affair:Restricted Content

January 2, 2006
Isaac Randolph
What's the most pressing issue facing Indianapolis now and in the future? Depending on a pundit's passion, answers can range from maintaining a professional sports team to supporting the cultural and arts community, from improving the quality of public schools and parks to making affordable housing available, from low taxes to a state-of-the art public mass transit system. Yet each of these areas, while they may reflect an interest group's unwavering and at times irrational fixation, taken at face value...
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SPORTS: At Rose-Hulman, a great sports story that won't sellRestricted Content

December 26, 2005
Bill Benner
The Indianapolisbased NCAA generated more news Dec. 19 with the announcement of the new Graduation Success Rate, which measures the graduation rates of Division I studentathletes. The news was predominantly positive. The NCAA is doing a much more accurate job of tracking studentathletes, in particular those who transfer at some time during their collegiate careers. Previous measurements taken by the federal government automatically counted a transfer as a failure, even if that student-athlete departed his first school in good academic...
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Finally, a new stadium, and not just for football:Restricted Content

December 26, 2005
-Anthony Schoettle
After years of angling and months of negotiating, city and state officials finally came to an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts to build a $625 million retractableroof stadium south of the RCA Dome. With a drum roll and a crowd of 1,200 fans and dignitaries counting down-three, two, one-Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Gov. Mitch Daniels, Mayor Bart Peterson and others shoveled a little dirt on the future home of the city's new stadium in a formal ground breaking Sept. 21....
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