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Speedway traditions sacrificed, and IndyCar better for it

May 25, 2012
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Three years ago when the board overseeing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway fired one of its own as CEO, it looked like IndyCar racing was headed for an ugly crash. Today, the future looks much brighter.
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Pacers reach critical time to showcase character

May 23, 2012
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It would be easy for the Indiana Pacers to seek revenge during Thursday's game for assaults leveled in this playoff series by the Miami Heat. But it's a crucial time to for the team to show this market how much class they have, whether in victory or defeat.
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Indy 500 Last Row Party rolls out new features

May 22, 2012
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One of the Indy 500’s best peripheral events, the Last Row Party celebrates its 40th anniversary. Organizers have several special activities and guests slated this year.
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Pacers, Indy 500 put spotlight on city but won't quiet critics

May 21, 2012
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Roughly 14 million people watched sporting events in Indy from last Thursday to Sunday. Those numbers make it easier to argue that Indy's sports initiatives are worth the expense.
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Slow cars causing big concerns on Speedway's fast Friday

May 18, 2012
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IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is confident Lotus is in the series for the long haul. Many owners and drivers want Lotus out of the Indianapolis 500 field this May. One owner called the Lotus powered cars "disgusting." Others said they're flat-out dangerous.
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Pacers becoming locals' dream, NBA's nightmare

May 17, 2012
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In terms of TV viewership and media coverage, there could be nothing worse for the NBA and its big-city sponsors than a Pacers-Spurs final. Naturally that makes Hoosiers smile all the more.
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NBA's Stern offers contradictory message on flopping, Pacers coach

May 14, 2012
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It seems odd that while NBA Commissioner David Stern said Sunday that flopping in the league is a problem, Pacers Coach Frank Vogel is writing a check to the NBA for essentially saying the same thing.
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Hoosiers' heritage takes a beating

May 4, 2012
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It's been a tough week for Indiana traditions. Jim Nabors won't be at the Indy 500, the IU-UK match-up has been scrubbed and the 500 field of 33 may be minus one for the first time since 1934. Is the sky falling? Maybe not, but it sure feels like it to us Hoosiers.
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Irsay clears air, says Super Bowl could return by 2016

May 2, 2012
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Colts owner isn't demanding a downtown hotel, nor is he trying to twist arms to get his way. He, like a lot of people here, wants another Super Bowl and is relaying the best information he has to make sure the city has the best shot at getting it.
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Colts' Irsay touches hot button with hotel issue

May 1, 2012
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It's true, you don't build a church for Easter Sunday. Here's another truth; Indianapolis isn't getting a second Super Bowl unless another big, posh downtown hotel is built. So what's the city to do?
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Death of coach doesn't quiet echoes of his call

April 26, 2012
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Thomas Jefferson Hathaway told everyday people—lawyers and nurses, wrench turners and paper pushers—“you are athletes,” and so they were.
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Auction firm says Miller, Manning items could spike

April 23, 2012
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New York-based Clean Sweep Auctions says Peyton Manning's Broncos memorabilia will never touch the value of his Colts items. Value of Reggie Miller items likely to rise after Hall of Fame induction.
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Slap from national media could galvanize Pacers faithful

April 20, 2012
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Here in Indiana, it's us against them. Just like 1994. And Larry Bird kind of likes it that way. He's not alone.
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NFL schedule-makers kick Colts in gut

April 18, 2012
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Despite owning No. 1 draft pick, the Indianapolis Colts get one prime-time game in 2012, on the road. Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning get five, the most allowed for one team by the NFL.
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Long Beach race reveals IndyCar issues

April 16, 2012
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IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard has two troubling things to ponder in the wake of Sunday's race; marketing and driver safety.
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Bubba's big win lights up switchboard for Carmel event

April 10, 2012
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Ticket sales for 2012 BMW Championship surge after dramatic victory by relative unknown at The Masters. Triumph almost guarantees Bubba Watson will play at Crooked Stick in September.
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If Bird retires, is it Miller time?

April 9, 2012
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While some have argued that Reggie Miller doesn't have the resume to take over as Pacers' basketball operations boss, others think he would be the connection that draws fans back to the Fieldhouse in droves.
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Miller's Hall of Fame induction about more than 8.9 seconds

April 3, 2012
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Backing from the East Coast media is what put Reggie Miller into the Hall of Fame. But that's not why he deserves to be enshrined in Springfield.
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IndyCar emerges from disaster, but Indy awaits

April 2, 2012
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After Dan Wheldon's death last season, few predicted the IndyCar Series would steer its new chassis and engine package into 2012 smoothly. But so far, the series has opened to mostly rave reviews. The series now faces its biggest test, and opportunity, at Indy.
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Triumph brings Tiger Woods step closer to Crooked Stick

March 30, 2012
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The PGA's most popular golfer is back, and just in time as organizers for the 2012 BMW Championship launch an ad campaign and begin selling single day tickets. Success at The Masters would make Tiger a near shoe-in to play at Crooked Stick this September.
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Are Indy's sports fans fickle, frugal or something else?

March 27, 2012
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Colts season ticket renewal rates are at a 10-year low. Pacers attendance is among the worst in the NBA. Is Indianapolis really the sports town it professes to be?
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IU hoops, Colts fight for spot as state's top sports brand

March 22, 2012
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The value of sports brands fluctuates as violently as stock prices during economic upheaval. In Indiana, the IU and Butler basketball brands have risen while the Colts' has taken a hit and the Pacers fight for their place in the sun.
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Pacers' two Georges launch fan zone, TV show

March 21, 2012
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Pacers' Paul George and George Hill have partnered with Gatorade to launch the G2 Zone inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The duo also will have a TV show on the team's web site.
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Manning's long shadow about to turn dark over Colts

March 20, 2012
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If Peyton Manning succeeds in Denver it will cast a shadow over Indianapolis that Colts owner Jim Irsay will be unable to outrun or outlive.
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Hummel's appeal uniquely universal

March 19, 2012
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Purdue's heart-breaking loss Sunday had more than followers of the black and gold crying. But wipe your tears. Robbie Hummel wouldn't want it any other way.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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