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Franchitti returns to IRL

September 2, 2008
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Former Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League series champion Dario Franchitti is returning to the open-wheel circuit next year to drive for his former NASCAR boss Chip Ganassi. Ganassi folded the NASCAR team that...
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Indians hit 8-year attendance high

September 2, 2008
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With the books just closed on the Indianapolis Indians' 2008 season, the team’s front office is already looking forward to next season. And why not? This team is hot. Red hot. And I’m...
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IndyGo Colts shuttle a no-go

August 29, 2008
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Congestion getting to the Indianapolis Colts games is as much a problem as congestion once fans are in the new Lucas Oil Stadium. It appears that traffic flow and parking are real issues...
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USATF putting customers first

August 29, 2008
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The USA Track & Field headquarters in downtown Indianapolis is taking a cue from Wendy’s restaurants. They’re staying open late. USATF’s new CEO Doug Logan said this is the first step in creating a...
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Fever pumps up attendance

August 28, 2008
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The Indiana Fever re-start their season tonight with the hope of cranking up the team’s attendance even more than it has already elevated this year. Through 13 homes games, the local WNBA team has...
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Olympics hurt IRL TV ratings

August 28, 2008
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Officials for the Indy Racing League are probably happy the Olympics happen only once every four years. This year’s games in Beijing, IRL officials said, have done a number on their TV viewership lately. The IRL’s Aug. 24 race in Sonoma...
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IRL revs effort to get in fans' ears

August 27, 2008
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Indy Racing League officials are unveiling a new communications system using Bluetooth technology that will beam audio messages straight into the wireless telephone earpieces of fans attending their races. Fans at the track will...
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Favre hot on Manning's heels

August 27, 2008
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Believe it or not, there are a few people who actually don't know anything about Peyton Manning. They wouldn't know him if they saw him drinking Gatorade, and they wouldn't know him with or without a fake mustache. They wouldn't...
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Colts cuts not made on emotion

August 26, 2008
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First and foremost Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian is a businessman. And he’s one of the best in the National Football League. Don’t expect Polian to get too giddy over the extra bucks...
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NBC wins, Oprah seeks Olympians

August 25, 2008
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This year’s Summer Olympics turned out to be a winner for NBC. Through Saturday night, NBC was averaging a 16.2 rating—meaning about 27.7 million viewers tuned in for its prime time coverage. Nationally, 28 percent of households on average tuned...
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IUPUI, Pacers negotiating deal

August 25, 2008
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The IUPUI men’s basketball team appears headed across town to play home games at Conseco Fieldhouse. Officials for Pacers Sports & Entertainment said they would let IUPUI make any announcement. University officials said an...
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Harrison can catch, but won't pitch

August 22, 2008
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Marvin Harrison is a football superstar, but he sure isn’t a commercial superstar. Harrison had a deal with Degree antiperspirant in the late 1990s and another with the Got Milk campaign following the...
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Subway jilts Tony Stewart

August 21, 2008
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is having a pretty bad week. During the same week Stewart was docked 150 points for his team’s efforts to mask his car’s true horsepower at a recent Nationwide...
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Indians' prospect featured in SI

August 21, 2008
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Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew McCutchen is included in a baseball prospects feature in this week’s Sports Illustrated. The print version includes a photo of him shot by team photographer Bill Gentry. SI...
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Crean chasing Hoeppner's record

August 20, 2008
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Indiana University basketball coach Tom Crean hasn’t even coached his first game for the Hoosiers, and he’s already breaking records. Yesterday, Crean signed the richest coaching contract in IU history, a 10-year $23.6...
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Will JMV drive over to The Fan?

August 19, 2008
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A couple things became clear from reader feedback I’ve been getting about a story I wrote regarding dueling sports/talk radio stations for this week’s print edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal. First, fans of WNDE-AM 1260 are much more...
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Colts fans let Lucas hear it

August 19, 2008
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Lucas Oil Products Inc., and its owner Forrest Lucas, are taking a beating from IBJ readers after his request that Indianapolis Colts fans and local media not call the team's new stadium "The Luke." Lucas...
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Indians get attention from ESPN

August 18, 2008
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It just keeps getting better for the Indianapolis Indians this season. With attendance already on its way to eclipsing last season’s total of 586,785, the Tribe is getting a boost from two special...
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Colts creativity rings cash register

August 18, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts sell sponsorships like Peyton Manning throws touchdown passes. A lot of the credit goes to the team’s former sales and marketing boss Ray Compton, who sold everything imaginable...
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Local firm boosts USA Gymnastics

August 15, 2008
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Local marketing firm Three-Sixty Group created an unprecedented ad campaign for USA Gymnastics, aimed at capitalizing on this month’s Olympics. The campaign debuts today with an eight-page insert in USA Today. USA Gymnastics...
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Theismann calls LOS NFL's finest

August 15, 2008
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Joe Theismann has been inside every single National Football League stadium. The former quarterback and TV announcer said yesterday that the new Lucas Oil Stadium is a one-of-a-kind. “I’m not saying it’s one of the best...
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George named motorcyclist of year

August 14, 2008
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George has been named 2008 “Motorcyclist of the Year” by Motorcyclist, one of the most widely circulated motorcycle magazines in the U.S., for his efforts to bring the...
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Indy fights for another Final Four

August 13, 2008
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NCAA officials today announced that Indianapolis is one of eight cities in the running to host the women’s basketball Final Four in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; San Antonio and Tampa Bay...
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IUPUI's Hunter is genuine article

August 13, 2008
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IUPUI men’s basketball coach Ron Hunter has been criticized for being over emotional and too demonstrative during games. Some Div. I athletic directors and basketball coaches have told me that trait has held...
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Colts ask fans to pump up volume

August 12, 2008
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One week from today, most of the Indianapolis Colts players will get their first look inside the new 63,000-seat Lucas Oil Stadium. Players will be checking out the field surface, lighting and other...
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  1. The deductible is entirely paid by the POWER account. No one ever has to contribute more than $25/month into the POWER account and it is often less. The only cost not paid out of the POWER account is the ER copay ($8-25) for non-emergent use of the ER. And under HIP 2.0, if a member calls the toll-free, 24 hour nurse line, and the nurse tells them to go to the ER, the copay is waived. It's also waived if the member is admitted to the hospital. Honestly, although it is certainly not "free" - I think Indiana has created a decent plan for the currently uninsured. Also consider that if a member obtains preventive care, she can lower her monthly contribution for the next year. Non-profits may pay up to 75% of the contribution on behalf of the member, and the member's employer may pay up to 50% of the contribution.

  2. I wonder if the governor could multi-task and talk to CMS about helping Indiana get our state based exchange going so Hoosiers don't lose subsidy if the court decision holds. One option I've seen is for states to contract with healthcare.gov. Or maybe Indiana isn't really interested in healthcare insurance coverage for Hoosiers.

  3. So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.

  4. So heres brilliant planning for you...build a $30 M sports complex with tax dollars, yet send all the hotel tax revenue to Carmel and Fishers. Westfield will unlikely never see a payback but the hotel "centers" of Carmel and Fishers will get rich. Lousy strategy Andy Cook!

  5. AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).

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