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Old 12-28-2007, 04:09 PM
 
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Can kentucky/louisville support an NBA team?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:24 AM
 
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Can kentucky/louisville support an NBA team?
Of course it can. We should have one now. It was all but a done deal to move the then Charlotte Hornets here. But due to the incompentency of Louisville's then mayor, the city council, and the behind the scenes dealing of U of L, the team relocated to that hotbed of basketball, New Orleans. The people most to blame are with U of L. They wanted to be the only show in town, so they worked tirelessly to prove to our elected officials that a professional team couldn't be supported here. As long as U of L has the run of the town (just look at the sweetheart deal they got with the new arena) they will continue to be the only show in town.
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Old 12-30-2007, 12:59 PM
 
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No... It'll never happen.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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I believe the Nashville area is roughly the same size as L'ville and they have the Titans and Preds. Surely L'ville is large enough to support everyone. It does sound as if there is some sort politcal play at work.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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No... It'll never happen.
I tend to agree, but then, I'm a pessimist! With the new arena, we may have a much better chance.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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Its too bad they didnt let the Colonels in the NBA back in 1976 when the ABA folded. Can anyone tell me why that didnt happen??
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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Its too bad they didnt let the Colonels in the NBA back in 1976 when the ABA folded. Can anyone tell me why that didnt happen??
Oh..the NBA wanted the Colonels. The Colonels were leading the ABA attendance and had a heated rivalry with the Indiana Pacers, who went to the NBA. John Y Brown Jr, the wealthy Louisville owner, did not want his team to go to the NBA and instead sold and folded the organization.

Louisville can very easily support the NBA considering there are several smaller markets with pro sports and the fact that Lexington is so close would boost attendance and corporate suite purchasing, which is the key to the NBA and how markets like New Orleans, now smaller than Louisville, can sustain a team with very low attendance. The problem is that UofL has an exclusive lease on the new arena, which when finished, will be nicer than most NBA arenas in terms of seating, advertising, restaurant amenities, and luxury VIP suites. The other problem is the Sonics were recently sold to some wealthy Oklahoma City businessemen, where they plan to move the team (OKC is a slightly smaller market than Louisville!) Also, the rumor mill says the Hornets may move back to Seattle...but the question remains, could Louisville snag this team? I think it could, but whether or not Louisville has the leadership to try, remains to be seen. One reason Louisville has a shot is a very local and young, successful businessman, Todd Blue, has a very stated interest in sports holdings.

Todd Blue: ZoomInfo Business People Information

Greater Louisville Sports Commission > News (http://www.louisvillesports.org/news/newsarchive.htm - broken link)
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