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Danica rebuffs F1, Ecclestone

February 20, 2009
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That sound you heard was a collective sigh from the Indy Racing League’s sales and marketing department. IRL driver and Sports Illustrated cover girl Danica Patrick says she has not been contacted by anyone...
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Importance of NFL Combine up

February 20, 2009
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By most accounts, attendance is up at this year’s NFL Combine, and not because it’s being held for the first time in Lucas Oil Stadium. Veteran NFL scout Chris Landry, who serves as a...
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Ticket tax hike gaining favor

February 19, 2009
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I have bad news for Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis Indians ticket buyers. By the time you buy tickets for next season’s games, you’ll likely be hit with a higher ticket tax....
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SI deletes flag tattoo from Patrick

February 18, 2009
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Danica Patrick didn’t quite bare all in her most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. While there was an abundance of skin on display, there was one thing that didn’t show up; a tattoo...
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Tennis tournament hires ad firm

February 17, 2009
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The Indianapolis Tennis Championships (formerly the RCA Championships) announced today its selection of Hirons & Company as its advertising and public relations agency of record. Through the three-year contract, Hirons & Company will provide...
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Pacers' long-term future at issue

February 16, 2009
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As long as Indiana Pacers co-owners Mel and Herb Simon are alive, I’m convinced the team will not move out of town, and certainly won’t fold. I’m not convinced there are many other...
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Colts, Pacers state financial case

February 13, 2009
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Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, a key fiscal leader in the state legislature, has been busy in the last week meeting with members of the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts. The primary topic: The...
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NCAA, AP hope to profit from photos

February 12, 2009
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The NCAA and The Associated Press this week announced a three-year content partnership making AP the worldwide distributor of NCAA Championship photography and creating the largest collection anywhere of collegiate sports photos. Under...
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Hold your horses

February 11, 2009
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Just when it looked like the Indianapolis Colts were moving their pre-season training camp from Terre Haute to Anderson, things have taken a wild turn. First, Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon released the following statement...
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Anderson official: Colts are coming

February 11, 2009
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The Indianapolis Colts are moving their training camp from Terre Haute to Anderson. At least according to officials for the city of Anderson and at Anderson University. It’s just a matter of working...
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Pacers reach out despite pain

February 10, 2009
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Even in a time of great economic distress, the Indiana Pacers have kept on giving. Through grants across Indiana to over 40 organizations, annual scholarship awards and a $500,000 commitment to...
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Indy's sports strategy under fire

February 9, 2009
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Twenty five years ago, Indianapolis rolled the dice, betting that building this town on sports—amateur and professional—would be a good way to shed the Nap-town image that had dogged the city. The gamble paid off for decades, but now it’s...
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Anderson wants Colts Camp

February 6, 2009
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Just about every community within 50 miles of Indianapolis has made one pitch or another to attract the Indianapolis Colts’ annual pre-season training camp. The three-week camp brings hundreds of players and coaches...
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Women of IRL burning rubber

February 5, 2009
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The women of the Indy Racing League continue to burn rubber. Sources close to the Newman Haas Lanigan team said the team is close to signing a deal with Milka Duno (and Robert...
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Gasoline Alley businesses upset

February 4, 2009
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A proposed closure of Grande Avenue in Speedway has more than a few Gasoline Alley businesses riled up. Allison Transmission—which has plants on both sides of Grande Avenue just south of 10th Street—along with the Speedway Redevelopment Commission, has requested...
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IRL might delay engine changes

February 3, 2009
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There were some interesting revelations during an Indy Racing League press conference today to discuss the on-going Automotive Manufacturers Roundtables designed to bring about expanded engine manufacturer participation and to help define a...
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Patrick helps GoDaddy hit records

February 3, 2009
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How successful were the GoDaddy ads aired on TV during the Super Bowl? That depends on who you ask. Some panned, while other praised the two ads featuring Indy Racing League driver Danica...
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Knight could come cheap for UGA

February 2, 2009
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Former Indiana University coach Bob Knight is contemplating coming out of retirement. Multiple sources said if the University of Georgia offers Knight its vacant men’s basketball coaching job, Knight would accept. “I have never...
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Motorsports marketer assists NBA

January 30, 2009
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The National Basketball Association got an assist from an Indianapolis sponsorship consultancy, who oddly, works solely in the motorsports realm. NBA officials recently decided to loosen its rules on hard liquor sponsorships, to allow...
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Major team, sponsor depart IRL

January 29, 2009
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Despite today’s announcement that Rahal Letterman Racing—the team that gave Danica Patrick her start—is leaving the Indy Racing League, series officials are still “bullish” on next season. “Bobby Rahal and Dave Letterman have been good...
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Time for Ballard to face storm

January 28, 2009
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Until now, Mayor Greg Ballard hasn’t weighed in on the topic of financially assisting the Indiana Pacers. When last asked by the IBJ in late December, Ballard offered the following response. “[The Pacers] haven’t...
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City to help Pacers financially

January 27, 2009
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It’s official. The Indiana Pacers are hemorrhaging financially—and looking for city aid. Though franchise officials have no interest in discussing it, the situation has become so bad, the team is now seeking help...
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Celtics, Cavs still hot for Miller

January 27, 2009
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Boston Celtics Coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers clearly still has former Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller on speed dial. In a surprising revelation, Rivers told radio talk show host Dan Patrick yesterday that he called...
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TV move: Genius or desperation?

January 26, 2009
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My reaction to last year’s announcement that the Indy Racing League was parting ways with ESPN for lesser known cable channel, Versus, was the same as a lot of the readers of this...
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IRL focus of Bush report, TV ad

January 23, 2009
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The Indy Racing League made Pres. George W. Bush’s final report, highlighting his eight-year term’s accomplishments and results. On page 26 of the report, Bush writes about his work with renewable energies. The...
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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