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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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Indians stock takes hit

January 23, 2009
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Despite year-over-year revenue gains and robust earnings, it appears the economy might have finally caught up with the Indianapolis Indians. For years, this AAA baseball franchise has steamed along with solid attendance and...
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Cost of a convertible?

January 22, 2009
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Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof continues to be the center of much debate. How much use the convertible ceiling at LOS will get remains to be seen. But after a few phone calls...
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IU facing severe revenue shortfall

January 21, 2009
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The announcement that Indiana University is lowering the price of its balcony seats from $23 to $5 for the last seven home games got me wondering how new athletic director Fred Glass is...
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DRR imports Brit driver

January 20, 2009
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Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today it has signed a deal with British racer Mike Conway to become the team’s first confirmed driver for the 2009 Indy Racing League campaign. The 25-year old rookie...
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Volkswagen revs interest in IRL

January 20, 2009
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Honda vs. Volkswagen. Now that has a ring to it. And it is looking like that could be the headline act in the 2011 Indy Racing League. Ulrich Baretzky, Audi Sport’s head of engine...
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Is retractable roof waste of money?

January 19, 2009
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It was partly sunny, and in the mid to high 70s yesterday in Glendale, Ariz. And the roof on the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium was closed for the NFC Championship game against the...
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Archie has no reason to complain

January 16, 2009
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Peyton and Eli aren’t the only Mannings raking in the dough from marketing and advertising deals. Their dad, Archie, who retired as a player in 1984, is also doing just fine. In recent...
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Manning: 'It's on like Donkey Kong'

January 16, 2009
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You may not take the Jan. 18 lick-off between Peyton and Eli Manning and Venus and Serena Williams seriously, but you can bet the folks at Kraft, who own the Oreo brand, are. This...
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Little cars big deal for IRL

January 15, 2009
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Indy Racing League officials are finalizing a deal with Mattel’s Hot Wheels to roll out a line of replica open-wheel cars this spring. As little cars go, this is a pretty big deal....
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Eli's take to pass Peyton's pay

January 15, 2009
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It’s long been debated which of the Manning brothers is the better quarterback, Peyton or Eli. Which is the highest paid has never been a debatable point. In Indianapolis—and in New York, it...
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Siegel leaves DEI, returns home

January 14, 2009
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Max Siegel, former president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc., is coming back to the local law firm where his career began. As reported in the IBJ in November, Siegel began contemplating...
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Hunter stunned by Crocs aid

January 14, 2009
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IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter got a big surprise this morning. While on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio, a staffer with Crocs told Hunter the footwear company was donating 50,000...
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Colts brand bigger than Dungy

January 13, 2009
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Maybe it was the team’s experience with Eric Dickerson. Maybe it was a string of flame-out first round draft picks shortly before the days of Peyton Manning. Heck, who knows, maybe it was...
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Dollar General extends Fisher deal

January 13, 2009
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Dollar General will extend its sponsorship of Sarah Fisher Racing into 2009 by serving as Fisher’s primary sponsor for four races; Kansas, Indianapolis, Kentucky and Chicago. Dollar General sponsored SFR for two events in 2008...
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Colts' Caldwell now on hot seat

January 12, 2009
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Now that Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s retirement is upon us (it’s expected at a 5 p.m. press conference today), it’s time to contemplate this one very important question; Who is Jim Caldwell?...
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IMS replica racing to Whitestown?

January 12, 2009
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A group planning to make a movie about the very first Indianapolis 500, is eyeballing more than 200 acres in Whitestown to build a replica Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Justin Escue, a locally based movie...
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Davis' departure could cost millions

January 9, 2009
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Five weeks ago, Ball State quarterback Nate Davis’ stock was rising faster than Mel Kiper Jr.’s hairdo. Two games (both ugly losses), and heaven knows how many QB fumbles later (actually, it was...
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Gordon enlists local track designer

January 8, 2009
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Locally based race track designer Paxton Waters’ engine is burning white hot despite the freezing temperatures outside. While the race season is dormant, Waters’ business is pedal to the metal. “It doesn’t matter...
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Fisher demos race simulators

January 7, 2009
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Indy Racing League team owner and driver Sarah Fisher this week signed an endorsement deal with SimCraft Racing Simulators. Fisher will appear at the company’s booth Jan. 8-11 at the 2009 International Consumer...
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Local firm becoming NFL power

January 7, 2009
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Even as the economy tanks, locally based MainGate Inc. continues to ink major merchandising deals. This week, MainGate signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. This comes on the heels of a...
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Glass hits ground running at IU

January 6, 2009
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Fred Glass, who officially took over as Indiana’s athletic director Jan. 2, hasn’t taken long to become ensconced in academia. Even before Glass filled the office vacated by Rick Greenspan, he sat down...
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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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