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Host committee CEO Melangton ponders next play

February 11, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Allison Melangton and her Super Bowl Host Committee staff helped turn a one-day football game into a 10-day celebration that attracted 1.1 million people downtown and millions in visitor spending. But with the game over, Melangton, doesn’t know where her own career path will lead.
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Stadium operations run smoothly in first Super Bowl

February 6, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Lucas Oil Stadium was the first NFL venue designed and built specifically to host the Super Bowl, and early reviews from its big test on Sunday were encouraging.
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Super Bowl XLVI: hometown affair without hometown team

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Indianapolis-specific Super Bowl gear is outselling souvenirs commemorating the teams actually playing in the game, reflecting Hoosiers' enthusiasm for this year's festivities.
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Lucas Oil gets brand boost from Super Bowl venue

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Any company with its name attached to the Super Bowl is about to score one of its biggest marketing bounces of the year. And none will realize a bigger victory than California-based Lucas Oil Co.
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Super Bowl payoff substantial, but may fall short of hype

February 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
There’s no doubt the Super Bowl crowds showered Indianapolis with cash all week. The question is, how much of it will stick after the big game is over? And how much will it mean to Indianapolis’ economy?
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Landing another Super Bowl might not be such a long shot after all

February 4, 2012
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten
Talk of bringing another Super Bowl to Indianapolis began soon after week-long festivities kicked off for the 2012 game, but city leaders will have to find a way to generate more revenue for the NFL and its 32 team owners for Indianapolis to muscle its way into a regular Super Bowl rotation.
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ESPN pleased with Pan Am Plaza broadcast decision

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The sports network originally considered broadcasting from Monument Circle, but chose the plaza because the location has Lucas Oil Stadium as an ideal backdrop.
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Retailer Lids strives for Super Bowl dominance

February 2, 2012
Cory Schouten
Lids Sports Group is emerging as an early Super Bowl winner among local businesses after betting big that souvenir sales would shine.
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Super Bowl events put spotlight on IndyCar

February 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Fans and media outlets have flocked to NFL-themed IndyCars and Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, giving the open-wheel series and its biggest race millions of dollars worth of exposure at a critical time.
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Fans' first Super Bowl media day a hot ticket

January 31, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Media day has long been a major attraction at the Super Bowl, and this year for the first time, fans—many from the Indianapolis area—were allowed to experience the carnival atmosphere first-hand.
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Festivities draw record crowds downtown

January 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Super Bowl Village’s opening weekend met local organizers’ expectations—and then some—drawing more than 205,000 visitors from Friday through Sunday.
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City leaders determined to use global spotlight to build cachet

January 28, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
City leaders are working feverishly to maximize Indianapolis' week in the Super Bowl spotlight, hoping to brand the Circle City in the minds of convention and leisure travelers as a place to return and spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade.
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VIDEO: Quick trip down the zipline

January 27, 2012
Mason King
zipline watch videoIBJ gets an advance preview of Super Bowl Village's zipline experience, which will lose money for the host committee over 10 days in the name of ramping up overall buzz.
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With Super Bowl, city seeks to distinguish itself

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Like every host city, Indianapolis has tried to stand out with unusual features for the 10-day party it's hosting for the nation. But will any of those things become standard parts of future Super Bowl experiences?

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NFL decides to add 5,000 tickets to Super Bowl mix

January 24, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NFL officials on Monday said they plan to expand Lucas Oil Stadium's capacity to 68,000 during the Feb. 5 event in Indianapolis. Capacity for Colts games is typically 63,000.
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$28M didn't get Super Bowl donors many perksRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis Super Bowl organizers raised $28 million from 131 mostly corporate donors to put on the NFL’s showcase event by simply asking—and promising almost nothing in return.
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Firms of all kinds hope to benefit from Super Bowl spendingRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
While many of the local companies scoring a Super Bowl windfall predictably will be hotels, restaurants and retail outlets, there will be a cadre of more unlikely winners from one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
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Downtown businesses make adjustments for Super Bowl weekendRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
Downtown businesses that are not in tourist-dependent industries are girding for Super Bowl weekend, hoping their spot in the big game’s storm shadow brings only a light dusting of logistical, scheduling and personnel hassles.
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Throng of volunteers involved in staging Super Bowl

January 7, 2012
Francesca Jarosz
The city’s biggest event of the year will be run almost entirely by an army of volunteers. Some 8,000 volunteers are helping to execute the preparations for the Super Bowl, which is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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Get ready for a week unlike any Indianapolis has seen

December 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Prepare to have fun. The festivities begin soon.
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Far-flung areas court Super Bowl spending

December 24, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Downtown will be the focal point of Super Bowl XLVI, but communities from Zionsville to Columbus are aggressively pursuing some of the money visitors are expected to shower on the region.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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