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Audi's entrance into IndyCar could cut both ways

April 17, 2013
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While the addition of a new engine maker could significantly muscle-up the IndyCar Series’ global marketing, it also has some series insiders worried the move could trigger an engine arms race and price some suppliers, teams and drivers right out of the paddock.
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Indians' Schumacher, former IU football coach join elite group

April 11, 2013
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Indians Chairman Max Schumacher is the first baseball representative and Bill Mallory becomes the second IU football coach to win the Thomas A. Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is headlining the ceremony.
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The sooner Oladipo bolts Bloomington, the better for IU

April 10, 2013
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Victor Oladipo, more than any player over the last decade and certainly during Crean’s tenure in Bloomington, is the guy who could return IU to national prominence—more than he already has—and make Crean a rock star with recruits—more than he already is.
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Head-turning Hot Wheels cars hit streets to promote Indy 500

April 8, 2013
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For the first time, Indianapolis residents could see street-legal, full-size Hot Wheels cars zipping around their neighborhood. And if consumers like the cars, they can fulfill a childhood fantasy and buy their own.
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Alford's journey back to IU may wind through Westwood

April 3, 2013
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I couldn't help but wonder if part of the reason Alford left his comfortable job at New Mexico for the troubled waters of UCLA didn't have more to do with his desire to get back to his roots in Bloomington than his ambition to become the next Wizard of Westwood.
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Local ad execs helped launch Florida Gulf Coast odyssey

March 29, 2013
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Before anyone in Florida, much less across the United States, knew who this year's NCAA Cinderella story was, Borshoff's Jeff Morris and Mark LeClerc crafted an ad campaign touting the small Fort Myers Beach college and its basketball program.
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Can Indy's big-league efforts outrun small-town image?

March 27, 2013
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It seems no matter how much Indianapolis postures itself as a major-league city, there are those who will never consider it anything more than a few high-rises amid a sea of cornfields tended to by a bunch of hayseeds.
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Hinchcliffe victory good for GoDaddy, IndyCar and fans

March 26, 2013
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Hip, young racer James Hinchcliffe is off to a good start this year. With a good finish at Indy this May, he will become more than Danica Patrick's replacement driving the GoDaddy car. The series must promote his success to maximize the benefit.
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IU rips page from Butler playbook, uses hoops to raise brand

March 22, 2013
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From IBJ's The Score: IU is launching an aggressive marketing campaign in places like Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.  While the players and coaches aren't talking about the Final Four, IU's marketers have plans in place.
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Butler's 'high aspirations' carry big-time risks

March 20, 2013
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The move to the newly formed Big East athletic conference will cost Butler a lot more than its $2 million exit fee from the Atlantic 10.
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Cummins, MainSource throwing weight behind new running event

March 19, 2013
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With new running races crowding the landscape, some fear the market has become saturated. This fall, a new marathon in Columbus will do battle with two established events in Indianapolis.
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Century 21 deal could boost Fisher's team to new level

March 15, 2013
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If things go well at Indy, sports marketers think Century 21 could become a much bigger sponsor for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing. Clearly, the company has the resources to pour a seven-figure sum into the team.
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Colts season-ticket renewals soar to near record high

March 13, 2013
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After a surprising season behind a team built by new General Manager Ryan Grigson and led by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts have seen their season-ticket renewal rate jump 8 percentage points, to near 95 percent, this off-season.
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IU's Crean classless, misguided in postgame confrontation

March 11, 2013
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IU basketball coach Tom Crean has become beloved by Hoosiers supporters for winning with class. After Sunday's victory he departed that path, let his emotion get the best of him and did a disservice to his current players.
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Indy's new soccer team blowing sales expectations 'out of the water'

March 7, 2013
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Still 13 months from kickoff, sales are so brisk that team officials think they may sell out of season tickets for their inaugural season.
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Information leaks threaten to sink IndyCar, Speedway

March 6, 2013
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The scariest thing for the Speedway and IndyCar Series is that the breaches could indicate there are forces within the organization’s leadership pushing in different directions.
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Indy gets its first FM sports/talk station

March 1, 2013
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Emmis Communications has begun simulcasting The Fan on its newly acquired FM frequency, but with a couple interesting twists. A wider coverage area in a growing format could mean big bucks for Emmis.
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IU's Assembly Hall could get new name if price is right

February 27, 2013
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Naming rights deal for 42-year-old IU basketball venue could score the school $2 million a year, sports marketers said. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass says re-naming the facility is not out of the question.
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Danica's Daytona sends TV ratings, IMS hopes soaring

February 25, 2013
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The most popular racer, man or woman, on four wheels is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's best, and perhaps only, chance at reversing an ugly and costly attendance slide at the Brickyard 400 in July.
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Fans beating down doors to get into NFL Combine

February 20, 2013
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The NFL Scouting Combine used to be a little-known, behind-the-scenes event used by NFL coaches, scouts and team executives to evaluate players before the April draft. Now, 800 media members cover the event in Indy, and ticket demand far outweighs supply.
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Danica could bring IMS $1.5 million plus pay day

February 18, 2013
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It's a long way between Daytona and Indianapolis. But if Danica Patrick can continue to gain momentum between there and here, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway could score an additional $1.5 million or more in July.
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Local golf pro to be enshrined in PGA Hall of Fame

February 15, 2013
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Golf guru with a unique story will have his name inscribed in granite alongside the names of some of the game's greats at the PGA Museum of Golf in Florida March 12.
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It's time for Miles to address IndyCar fans directly

February 13, 2013
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A State of the Series would help new Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles start winning over current IndyCar fans and generating new interest in the series.
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Speedway request for tax money could start heated debate

February 11, 2013
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The IMS's first request for taxpayer assistance after more than 100 years in business has triggered heavy sighs from people fighting against such sports subsidies. If approved, does this open the door for more?
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NBA owners must convince fans jersey ads not cash grab

February 7, 2013
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NBA owners like Pacers' Herb Simon must explain that fans are getting something out of the deal to bring jersey ads into the league. Otherwise, the reaction could give the league and its teams a black eye.
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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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