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Dakich: Coaching career not dead

April 8, 2009
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Basketball coach turned radio talk show host Dan Dakich isn’t sure about his future. While the former Indiana University and Bowling Green State University basketball coach said he’s focused 100 percent on hosting...
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Petty potentially powerful endorser

April 7, 2009
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Open-wheel racing has long been bigger with the wine-and-cheese crowd than with the blue-collar bunch that made NASCAR the biggest racing circuit in North America. That’s been OK for Formula One, with its...
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Kinder, gentler Danica?

April 6, 2009
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It was an odd site before the Indy Racing League race in St. Petersburg Sunday. There was Danica Patrick talking about her new approach to racing. She was telling Versus’ Jack Arute that...
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VS-IRL telecast gets solid marks

April 6, 2009
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While Indy Racing League officials are still awaiting the Nielsen ratings from the open-wheel series’ first race on cable station Versus, this much is clear: The coverage of yesterday’s race in St. Petersburg,...
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Senator hits nerve in CIB debate

April 3, 2009
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In the quintessential exchange at yesterday’s Senate committee hearing about a potential solution to the Capital Improvement Board’s revenue shortfall, Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, asked Indiana Pacers Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson about...
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IRL: Sweet home Alabama?

April 2, 2009
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While Indy Racing League teams and officials are heading to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the April 5 season opener, their mind may be wandering to not-so-far away Alabama. In March, IRL teams made their...
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Kenley set to drop CIB bombshell

April 1, 2009
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Sen. Luke Kenley will introduce his plan to solve the $37 million Capital Improvement Board revenue shortfall to area reporters today at 5 p.m. at the Statehouse. But mums the word. Reporters will...
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Indians balk at Louisville promo

March 31, 2009
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Update: The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau apparently isn't giving up yet on marketing to Indianapolis residents. This afternoon, LCVB said they still plan to bring their motor coach to Indianapolis on April 14 to try to lure locals to the...
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BSU coach scores hefty payday

March 30, 2009
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Ball State women’s basketball coach Kelly Packard, who today was named Maggie Dixon Div. I Rookie Coach of the Year, earned herself a nice payday this month. The first-year Cardinals coach earned a $10,000 bonus...
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IRL signs four new sponsors

March 30, 2009
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Down economy or not, the Indy Racing League sales staff is in overdrive. In the last week, IRL officials finalized four new sponsorship deals. First, IRL officials Thursday night (March 26) inked a deal with...
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Media icon departs Speedway

March 27, 2009
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Bill York, who has worked in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway press room since 1958, is no longer with the Brickyard. IMS spokesman Ron Green confirmed that York and the Speedway parted ways, but...
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Hoop dream: Big economic impact

March 26, 2009
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Today starts a big four-day weekend for Indianapolis. Given the sports-business strategy this city is built on and the soft economy, this weekend dotted with NCAA and high school state championship basketball events...
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Izod touts IRL promo amid worries

March 25, 2009
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New York-based Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. will roll out its new Izod/Indy race-inspired clothing collection in Macy’s stores nationwide in April. The launch will be accompanied by a national multi-million dollar advertising campaign as...
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Fans get say on Victory Field design

March 25, 2009
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The Indianapolis Indians are rolling out a new online poll that allows fans to choose what mowing pattern will appear on the Victory Field playing field for the Tribe’s April 9 season opener...
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Colts show interest in drafting QB

March 24, 2009
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If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Ball State’s Nate Davis might be asking that very question this week. His pro...
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NCAA tourney results kind to Indy

March 23, 2009
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One of the biggest winners in the first two rounds of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament: Downtown Indianapolis restaurants, hotels and other local businesses, not to mention those counting on event revenue to...
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Indy golf icon makes PGA Hall

March 16, 2009
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Former PGA of America Rules Committee Chairman, Don Essig III, is among the eight-member 2009 class of inductees in the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Essig is the PGA Director of Golf at South Grove Golf Course in Indianapolis...
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Buckeye success scores for Indy

March 13, 2009
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Now that IU is out of the Big Ten basketball tournament, local organizers and tourism officials have to hope that Ohio State can make a run. A successful run by Purdue probably wouldn't hurt either, but history has shown that...
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Colts lose long-time executive

March 12, 2009
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Indianapolis Colts executive vice president Bob Terpening plans to retire June 1 after more than 30 years with the team. Terpening is one of the Colts longest-tenured staff members and someone who played a...
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NBA: Apocalypse now

March 11, 2009
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I’m not a sky-is-falling kind of guy by nature. But I think there’s a seismic shift underway in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers' financial distress is just the tip of the iceberg. I’m not...
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Schmidt, Ganassi partner for Indy

March 10, 2009
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Chip Ganassi Racing and Sam Schmidt Motorsports will partner to field a car for Alex Lloyd in the 93rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Lloyd, the 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion, is a...
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Pacers have explaining to do

March 10, 2009
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Slowly but surely, Indiana Pacers officials are releasing more information about their financial distress. Last month, Pacers brass told me they had lost money in nine of 10 years at Conseco Fieldhouse, including the...
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Local racing jobs still revving

March 9, 2009
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Despite the downturned economy, the long-view shows the motorsports sector is growing in Indiana. Studies compiled by the Indiana Motorsports Association and IUPUI indicate there’s been a 37 percent growth in the number...
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Volleyball tourney scores for Indy

March 6, 2009
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The biggest women’s sporting event in town this weekend isn’t the Big Ten basketball tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. At least not according to organizers of the 2009 Mizuno Hoosier Mideast Qualifier. In any...
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Colts fans get new Web site

March 6, 2009
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Colts fans and followers now have a new online information outlet to tune into. John Oehser, former Colts.com writer, in late February launched Indyfootballreport.com. Oehser, who was caught in the team’s...
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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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