NBA fans in the state of Indiana have not had a lot to get excited about in recent years. However, that is set to change. It was just announced that the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host its first NBA All-Star game in 2021. There had been rumors circulating for quite some time that Indiana might be awarded the All-Star game from the NBA. However, nothing was made official until recently. It has been a very long time since Indiana last hosted an NBA All-Star game. That was way back in 1985 when it was held in the old Hoosier Dome.
The Indiana Pacers have played very well this season. They have been one of the surprise stories in the NBA. So NBA fans in Indiana can feel good for two reasons. It is a very big deal for a city to be awarded the All-Star game in a major sport. It creates a big boost for the local economy in the weeks leading up to the event. Local restaurants and hotels can benefit greatly from all the additional people coming to town. Unfortunately, 2012 is still a very long time from now.
The governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis both said a few weeks ago that they were hopeful about the NBA All-Star game being awarded to the city. However, both were cautiously optimistic when they were asked if they thought it would really happen. Both said there are a lot of politics involved in that sort of decision.
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The onerous business side of owning a dental practice can take up a great deal of time and money instead of placing more efforts in client care. MB2 Dental Solutions provides billing, collections, credentialing, marketing, recruiting, human resources, compliance, IT staffing and many other administrative management services for their dental company clients.
MB2 Dental Solutions believes that dentists can help each other by working together to accomplish more than they can by working individually in their dental practices. MB2 Dental Solutions offers an innovative progressive and autonomous perspective on dental management and development practices that helps to change the lives of their patients and the doctors for the better.
As a unique concept in dentistry, MB2 Dental Solutions is a company of dentists working for and with operating dental practices. The MB2 mission is to offer customized systems, guidance, and expertise in handling dental practice non-clinical management services. The MB2 firm takes care of the business side of any dental practice so that local dentists can continue to grow their business by focusing more on state-of-the-art patient care.
MB2 through their integrity practices, innovative teamwork, and work excellence helps dental practices in complete anonymity. They have over 80 affiliated locations in 6 states (New Mexico, Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee). MB2 Dental Solutions was founded by Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva in 2007 who saw a need for individual and group practices to concentrate both on clients and the business side of their dentistry practices and to keep them profitable.
MB2 helps dental practices improve their operating standards that fosters happier professionals and a more natural business growth. MB2 Dental Solutions, their experienced staff, and unique trends and practice standards helps existing dental practices overcome any legal, payroll, etc. challenges that they may have to face and to place their skills solely on their clients. New technology-advanced dental practices are able to enjoy the freedom from much of their management services handled by MB2 and to concentrate more on their speed to market goals.
Indianapolis has developed a reputation for being one of the best cities in the Midwest to host big sporting events. The city did an excellent job with the Super Bowl in 2012 and the Final Four in 2015. The attendance records set two years ago helped Indianapolis land another Final Four in 2021. City officials just learned today that they will be hosting another huge event that same year. The NBA has officially announced that the 2021 All-Star game will be held in Indianapolis.
This will be the first time that the Indiana Pacers get to host the NBA All-Star game since 1985. Many experts expected the prestigious game to get awarded to the city of Cleveland, but the NBA clearly wanted to reward the passionate Pacers fans. The beautiful new renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the city’s reputation as an excellent event destination certainly did not hurt either.
The Pacers front office worked tirelessly over the last few years to get this honor. The team sent several members of staff to the All-Star games in Toronto and New Orleans the last two years to improve their pitch to the NBA. They also had Larry Bird officially announce the Pacers’ desire to host the game by driving a race car to the NBA headquarters earlier this year.
The exact date of the game has not been announced, but the NBA traditionally holds the All-Star game in mid-February. In addition to the game, Indianapolis will also get to host the celebrity game, dunk contest and several other exciting events during the same weekend.
Paul George is one of the best players in NBA. The Indiana Pacers chose him in the first round in the 2010 NBA draft. His game has improved by leaps and bounds. However, seven seasons playing for the Indiana team was enough to make George ask for a trade. His request was granted and he was sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder before the start of this season. He will now play in Indiana for the first time since he was traded. His return to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is sure to be an emotional one for George and the fans that once cheered for him. He will now be wearing the colors of the enemy. It is for that reason that George believes he will be booed when he walks onto the court. It remains to be seen if that will be the case.
Paul George’s return to Indiana has been talked about ever since his trade to Oklahoma City was announced. It is no surprise that the game has been sold out for months. Tickets are going for high prices on the secondary market. Some people believe that George will be cheered during the introductions at the start of the game. However, it is expected that he will be booed once the game gets underway. Pacer fans are usually fairly respectful to former players who come back to Indiana for the first time. They will most likely give George the respect he deserves for being a great player for so long.
Today was definitely an emotional day for the Indiana Pacers and their fans. Paul George returned to Indianapolis for the first time since getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the off-season. The surreal feeling of seeing George in an opposing jersey for the first time was only made worse when the Pacers lost an extremely tight game to the Thunder.
The emotional game started off great for Indiana. They rode the solid play of Victor Oladipo to a five-point lead at the end of the first quarter. George stepped up his defense on Oladipo in the second quarter, which helped the Thunder secure a five-point lead at halftime. A fairly even third quarter gave both teams a chance to win the game heading into the fourth quarter.
The Pacers were down 11 points with only five minutes remaining, but a late surge made it a one-point game with 40 seconds left. Indiana got the defensive stop the needed in the final seconds, but Oklahoma City got two offensive rebounds before getting a tip-in basket. Paul George sealed the victory with a key steal before the Pacers could get up the potential game-tying shot. The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately got a 100-95 victory after George made two late free throws.
The Pacers did a good job of shutting down their former superstar on the offensive side of the ball, but they simply had no answers for his excellent defense. Indiana will have a 16-10 record when they host the Detroit Pistons on December 15.
White Lodging is the name of a company that has ownership of many hotels in the United States. The company has their headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana. They just made the announcement that 50 people will be laid off who work at the headquarters. The people will be able to keep working for White Lodging until April of next year. The layoffs were necessitated by the sale of a portion of the company. The company currently operates many Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott hotels. These famous hotel chains license their name to companies like White Lodging for a fee. In this case, White Lodging will be eliminating some of the contracts it has with those chains so that it can invest the money elsewhere.
White Lodging has plans to expand their hotel business to become more competitive. They want to build many new hotels over the next three years. The expansion will give White Lodging control of roughly 100 hotels across the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the company said that it is never a pleasant thing to tell people they no longer have a job. However, these 50 layoffs were a necessity for the future financial security of the company. He went on to say that this is something that all companies have to do at some point.
The people who will be laid off in April have not been informed yet. It is unclear if the decision regarding which employees will be let go has been made as of yet.
Jeremy Goldstein has recently contributed to a blog that gives employers a new option to save everyone involved a better result. He reports that knockout options are, the best way to set up a retirement or other corporate profit sharing plan. The beauty of these options is that employers can set them up so that they are sold once they reach a certain minimum.
This remedy is a blessing for both the employer and, their employees. Several benefits are recognized through these options. First, employee productivity and, morale are improved, due to the additional incentive. It also makes it easier for the company to account for such plans. Regular employee stock option plans have always been a concern with accounting, as they can change frequently, and, without warning. Implementing knockout options is also far cheaper and, easier than giving a wage increase.
As previously mentioned, Jeremy Goldstein is a well known and, a respected attorney in New York. He’s well educated, having completed a bachelors, masters, and law degree with distinction. He’s also worked with many charities and, also contributes to scholarly articles. Goldstein has represented many different clients, from all different types of business. Major retailers, telecommunications companies and, banks are just a sampling of the clients Goldstein has represented. He’s also worked with the New York Bar Association to help launch the Lawyer Referral Information System. This endeavor has made it possible to find a competent, affordable attorney online, at an affordable price. With so many accomplishments and a great resume, it’ll be interesting to see what he’ll be doing next.
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that tourism numbers in the Hoosier State skyrocketed in 2016. In 2016, a record 79 million tourists visited the state, spending over $12 billion. 48 million visitors came to the state for the day, but 31 million additional tourists elected to spend the night inside Indiana’s borders. According to the report, the majority of tourism dollars spent in Indiana last year went towards food and beverages, while $2.7 billion was spent in Indiana stores.
The Office of Tourism Development also released figures pertaining to the importance of tourism on the economy in Indiana, stating that tourism is the state’s top service industry. According to the report, more than 180,000 residents work in the tourism industry. Additionally, more than 240,000 people work in related fields that receive tourist dollars. In 2016, visitors to Indiana paid over $1 billion in state taxes.
Indiana’s most prominent tourist destinations include the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The state is also home to popular car museums in Auburn, South Bend and Evansville. These attractions draw visitors from all over the world.
This increase in tourists comes on the heels of Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative, a state plan to attract qualified workers to the state. The initiative involves a $1.2 billion investment in agritourism attractions, new roads, improved railways, and upgraded universities. The government is also working on a plan to attract recreational tourists to the state by expanding and improving Indiana’s bike paths.
Oklahoma City Forward and former Pacers star, Paul George, will be making his first return to Indianapolis since he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. Despite the fact that he was traded, George is not expecting a warm welcome from his former hometown fans due to his acrimonious split with the team.
Halfway through last season, George informed the team that he didn’t plan to remain with them for the rest of his career. Disappointed, the team began to shop him around to other teams in a possible trade scenario. George publicly asking to be traded diminished his value on the trade market because opposing franchises knew that the Pacers had to get rid of him, leading to a deal with Oklahoma City that many experts thought was well below market value for the Pacers.
George spent seven seasons in Indiana, leading the team to two Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 18.2 points a game along with just over six rebounds and three assists per game during his time as a Pacer. He is certainly the most successful player to wear that uniform since Reggie Miller. George was one of the most popular players in the history of the franchise.
Despite his popularity and success with the team, George and his Thunder teammates do not expect a warm welcome when they take the court in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The Pacers fanbase is loyal to their team and the fans will be sure to let number 13 know that he is no longer welcome. It will interesting to see how both teams perform in this homecoming for the four-time All-Star.
The Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team are looking to rebuild their program under new coach Archie Miller, but they have been very inconsistent early in the season. The Hoosiers had their chance to pull off a big upset over the top ranked Duke Blue Devils, but a late cold stretch ultimately cost them the game.
Indiana used the extremely loud crowd in Assembly Hall to their advantage early in the game yesterday. It was a tightly contested game with both teams swapping the lead throughout the first half. Duke ultimately held a small four-point lead at halftime. The second half started off very similar to first 20 minutes of the game. Duke held a one-point lead with only four minutes remaining, but the explosive Duke offense was too much for the Hoosiers. A big run at the end of the game gave Duke a 91-81 victory.
Archie Miller has to be pleased with the way his team played last night. The Hoosiers played a near flawless game, but the talent disparity was simply too much to overcome. Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen are two of the best players in the country right now, and they were practically unstoppable in the final four minutes.
Indiana now has four wins through their first seven games this year. They will get an early start to conference play when they host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, December 2. If they continue to play with the same effort as the Duke game, then they will win a lot of basketball games this season.