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Velodrome future in limbo

May 11, 2009
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While the Marian College cycling team has been off hunting national championships in Colorado, school officials’ plan to manage the Major Taylor Velodrome has not yet won support from Indy Parks. Marian College officials...
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Andretti, Patrick, Fisher revved up

May 8, 2009
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With the Indianapolis 500 fast approaching, speed is the name of the game. It appears Indy Racing League drivers—some of them anyway—are gaining speed with corporate America. If you haven’t seen Marco Andretti’s Gillette...
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Sports talk radio war rages

May 8, 2009
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The battle for sports talk radio supremacy in central Indiana rages on—and is delivering some unlikely results. The biggest winner in 2009’s first quarter radio ratings is basketball coach turned on-air personality Dan...
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Two with Pacers ties lead Wolves?

May 7, 2009
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Former Indiana Pacers executive David Kahn has surfaced as the leading candidate to replace Kevin McHale as Minnesota Timberwolves general manager. Former Pacers player Fred Hoiberg is being considered for a vice president...
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Penske interested in buying Saturn

May 7, 2009
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Just when you think Roger Penske would be focused on Indianapolis—as in the Indy 500—he apparently is looking at other interests to the north. Penske is considering a bid for General Motors’ Saturn...
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Panther sues over deal gone bad

May 6, 2009
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Indy Racing League team Panther Racing has filed a lawsuit against locally based video and Web production company Pathway Production Co., which is now owned by Mays Chemical Co. President William Mays. The...
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Indy 500 history: A new perspective

May 5, 2009
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The Indiana State Library is hosting a special Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Indy 500 program this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program—which is free and open to the public—will provide a historical perspective...
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IU's Crean, x-Colts QB focus of film

May 5, 2009
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean—and his connection to the Harbaugh family—will be the focus of a documentary produced by NFL Films. An NFL Films crew visited Bloomington last week to film Crean with...
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Indians stay hot in down economy

May 4, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians continue to score sponsorship deals during a down economy. Late last week, the Indians signed a deal with Arby’s and WJJK-FM 104.5 to present 2-for-1 Tuesdays, a special discount-ticket promotion...
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IRL: 2013 or bust

May 4, 2009
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I wrote an article about the Indy Racing League’s long-term future for this week’s IBJ print edition that is getting quite a bit of attention from our readers. There are several reader comments...
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Andretti "bullish" on IRL's future

May 1, 2009
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While Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick was driving her new race car up and down a runway at the Indianapolis International Airport this morning, Andretti...
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IU's Crean tweeting to win

April 30, 2009
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Big news out of Bloomington … basketball coach Tom Crean is Twittering. Pardon me, he’s tweeting. He began about two weeks ago. Actually, it is rather cool, and pretty forward thinking too. Crean...
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CIB debate goes overtime

April 30, 2009
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Where do we go from here? When it comes to the Capital Improvement Board and this city’s sports facilities, it’s anybody’s guess. About the only thing we know for sure, the CIB has called...
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Pacers attendance: Time to convert

April 29, 2009
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Earlier this week, I pointed out the Indiana Pacers’ 14,182 attendance this season was 28th out of 30 National Basketball Association teams. I also pointed out, the team’s attendance represented a big increase...
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IRL TV ratings take dive

April 28, 2009
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The Indy Racing League TV ratings took a step back at Kansas this past Sunday. After posting TV viewership gains for the Long Beach race April 19, the IRL earned a .15 rating...
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IRL thinking big in China

April 28, 2009
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The Indy Racing League is taking a serious look at holding a race in China as early as 2011. Series officials said there are several good reasons why the league may want to...
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Colts draft rated above average

April 28, 2009
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Since the Indianapolis Star this morning provided a rather incomplete picture of the Indianapolis Colts’ draft grade, I thought I’d complete the picture. It’s true that USA Today’s Larry Weisman gave the Colts a...
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Pacers pain not isolated incident

April 27, 2009
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The Indiana Pacers are far from the only National Basketball Association franchise hurting financially. And the pain isn’t just striking small market teams. While the first round of the playoffs rages on, several NBA...
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LOS may score World Cup windfall

April 24, 2009
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Indianapolis is in the running to host Word Cup soccer games in 2018 and 2022. It’s a long, long way from a done deal, but two things are certain. First, Indianapolis...
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Milka Duno back on track

April 24, 2009
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Dreyer  and  Reinbold Racing announced yesterday afternoon that Milka Duno will be returning to the team’s Indy Racing League effort for 2009. The Venezuelan driver will be competing in a limited schedule starting...
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Danica Patrick ready for take off

April 23, 2009
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Indy Racing League driver Danica Patrick is ready for take off. Patrick will be unveiling her new Motorola sponsored Indy car at the Indianapolis International Airport May 1. The car will have a...
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ESPN puts local firm in spotlight

April 22, 2009
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I’m not sure what it has to do with sports, but ESPN columnist Rick Reilly delves into the business of a locally run Internet search engine in his most recent column. While the...
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MainGate roaring with Lions deal

April 22, 2009
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Locally based MainGate Inc. is getting a big boost from its new contract with the Detroit Lions. MainGate signed a 10-year deal in February to manage...
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IRL TV rating improved

April 21, 2009
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The Grand Prix at Long Beach last Sunday scored a .5 TV rating for the Indy Racing League, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research. That’s the same rating the race earned last...
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Take from poor (relief), give to CIB

April 21, 2009
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That drip-drop sound you hear is not the rain outside. It’s coming from the irony dripping off the most recent Capital Improvement Board bailout proposal. A bi-partisan group of Marion County lawmakers is suggesting...
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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