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    Default You can't call it Conseco much longer...It is now..... Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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    By Heather Gillers
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    Conseco Fieldhouse is going away.

    OK, not the actual home of the Indiana Pacers. Just the name.

    A new name for the NBA venue will be unveiled at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the fieldhouse, a source in the know has told The Indianapolis Star.

    Nobody is officially divulging the new name, but here's some fodder for speculation: Conseco's namesake, the Carmel-based insurer formerly called Conseco Inc., changed its name in March 2010 to CNO Financial Group. CNO executives started talks with the Pacers about renaming the arena but ultimately decided the time wasn't right.

    Conseco Fieldhouse, built by Mel and Herb Simon, opened in 1999 when the Pacers moved from their former home, Market Square Arena.

    Pacers and CNO officials are expected to be on hand for Thursday's announcement. Pacers Sports & Entertainment President Jim Morris could not be reached for comment late Monday.

    But one Downtown player, the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, may have jumped the gun. Its website boasts about its proximity to Conseco, "recently renamed CNO Financial Fieldhouse."

    Hmm. Inside information? Or just a hunch?
    Maybe they were waiting for J'OB to leave so we didn't have to hear the "C-NO winning" jokes to go with the name of the building...
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    I'll still call it Conseco
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    damn i hope its not something stupid

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    Booooo! You just know it's going to be something lame.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    How dumb. I want it to stay Conseco Fieldhouse. I will never get used to whatever new name. Seems too soon to the season to rename it now. Are they going to be able to update the court and all the logos by the 26th? I doubt it!


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    CNO No!

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    If it ends up being "CNO Financial Fieldhouse" It isn't that bad to me.... People did EVENTUALLY stop calling the RCA Dome, "The Hoosier Dome".

    I'm honestly surprised that CNO let it go this long considering they're paying that much loot to market a product that doesn't exist any longer.

    Times change...
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    I don't have a problem with a name change, but "CNO Financial Fieldhouse" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's too much of a mouthful. If they do that, people will just keep calling it Conseco, because it's faster, easier to say, and more familiar.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    How long was the original agreement supposed to last? I don't know why, but I thought it was for 10 years.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    They should have called it "Indiana Fieldhouse" from the beginning. Stupid marketing ruins great names (or potential great names ) to places.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    NBA 2K has been on this for years. Wait? It's not called Pacers Arena???


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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    I'd be ok with CNO Fieldhouse. CNO Financial Fieldhouse is too much...sounds dumb imo.

    However, a simple "The Fieldhouse" would always be my favourite...
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    I always call it "The Fieldhouse". I've never just called it "Conseco".

    Anyway, I noticed something Friday and Sunday at Fan Jam, and you may notice it in Heywoode's pics thread.

    The area on the court surrounding the CONSECO FIELDHOUSE text was slightly discolored than the rest of the floor. I thought two things...

    New court/design.
    They're finally changing the name.

    Take it for what you will, I got called crazy because I was apparently the only person who noticed it.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

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    I'll still call it Conseco

    That is what people said when the Hoosier dome was changed to the RCA dome.

    If they do change it to CNO Financial Fieldhouse - it might take a year or two, but everyone will start calling it that.

    When the Fieldhouse was first named Conseco Fieldhouse - it sounded really weird, and now it seems perfect.

    Same with Lucas Oil - at first it just didn't seem right, and after a few years now it seems yeah that is right .

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

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    How long was the original agreement supposed to last? I don't know why, but I thought it was for 10 years.

    I thought it was 20 or so

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    I'll still call it Conseco
    That's what they said about Ayr-Way and the Hoosier Dome.

    I'm not too torn up about it. I'd argue the name has never carried much emotional weight with the vast majority of Pacers fans. The Coliseum and MSA: those are names that pull at the heartstrings. As for me, I think I'll manage to get over losing both names of our Fieldhouse. And by "both names" I mean most of us still can't figure out whether it's pronounced cun-SEE-coh or cun-SAY-coh.
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    If they do change it to CNO Financial Fieldhouse - it might take a year or two, but everyone will start calling it that.
    I'm guessing we'll all start calling it CNO. It has a comfortably familiar three-syllable ring to it, don't you think?

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    Well, I've already run into this at work. Do you say "See-En-Oh" or "See-No"?
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

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    ... People did EVENTUALLY stop calling the RCA Dome, "The Hoosier Dome".
    Speak for yourself... I was never able to fully stop calling it "The Hoosier Dome", although I did try. Likewise, I still catching myself saying "Deer Creek" instead of "Verizon Wireless."

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    So was this the big announcement on the Pacers timeline for December 22nd? If so, lame.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    University of Phoenix Fieldhouse.



    (This is coming from a LONG-time AZ Cardinals fan who had to put up with a college name on a stadium after enduring 20+ years of my team playing in a college stadium.)
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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    It can't be worse than Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Though I will admit it ends up fitting nicely with the race car scheme inside and being in Indy.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    As long as they are giving money to Simon to help the Pacers financially they can call it whatever they want.

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

    Maybe the big announcement is that the Pacers are going to be the first NBA team to have corporate sponsorship, becoming the CNO Financial Analysts instead of the Pacers...

    Imagine the marketing possibilities...

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    Default Re: You can't call it Conseco much longer... Press Conference at 10:30am Thursday

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    So was this the big announcement on the Pacers timeline for December 22nd? If so, lame.
    I saw an ad in the paper that the 22nd announcement is some "ticket deal".
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