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View Poll Results: Does Louisville deserve an NBA Team???
YESSSS!!! 12 60.00%
UM NO... 8 40.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-02-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Louisville
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This has been one of the most heated topics for Louisville for at least the past 10 years now. As I have grown over the years, I have heard MUCH about how GREAT the Kentucky Colonels were back in the ABA days in the 1970's. Even though they've only captured one championship, they definitely had one of the best fan bases in the league, if not the best, and it baffles me that still to this day, February 2nd, 2011 that this beautiful and proud city of mine doesn't have some sort of pro-league sports franchise. I want to know does Louisville really DESERVE an NBA team??? Think about how hard-working Louisvillians are, we need something that's big to push us into the next level.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I dunno. I think Norfolk, St. Louis, or Kansas City would be at the front of the line before Louisville.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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Probably the best thing would be 2/5 of a team to Louisville and 3/5 to Cincinnati.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Burlington, KY
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Carrollton it is...quite a draw.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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It would be nice to have ANY professional teams here in Louisville! I miss going to the professional sporting games like they have everywhere else but here! I would totally support it!
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:39 AM
 
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I think it's more than whether or not Louisville "deserves" an NBA team. The question at hand: is Louisville able to support an NBA team? Market share of Louisville and surrounding areas including Lexington, population, and median income are sufficient to strongly support a team.

I prefer pro-sports over college so I would definitely support a team.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Crestline, CA
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My extremely biased opinion as one who was old enough to have attended Colonel's games and has never gotten over what happened in 1976 is that...yes, Louisville does indeed deserve an NBA team after getting cheated out of being part of the ABA merger.

I don't think we get the Kings though even though that's a great logo with the fleur de lis added to represent the city. The Maloof Brothers are west coast guys and, if David Stern prevents them from taking the team to their home town of Las Vegas if Sacramento fails to get a new arena built, they will end up in San Jose, Seattle, or Anaheim.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Kings will either stay in Sacramento, if not it will most likely be either in San Jose, Seattle, or Vegas. I doubt the NBA will allow a team in a market that's smaller than Sacramento. Stern has thought about contraction, mostly affecting the smaller markets, so i'm not sure Louisville is the best option.

Oklahoma City has a team solely because its owner is from there. Unless a business guy from the Louisville area buys an NBA team, the chances of pro sports in KY is slim to none.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Have to remember though, Louisville was 2nd in line to get the Grizzlies before it was decided that Memphis would take them over. So, there is interest in Louisville as a market for a team.
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Huntsville area
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Lightbulb Deserve one or even want one?

When comments about the 70's style of basketball and the 80's long standing tradition of the Celtics vs. the Lakers, today's NBA is not one to fawn over. Any serious efforts (i.e. spending more city tax dollars) to try to woo any NBA team should be considered wasting your hard-earned tax dollars.

Ticket Prices

As for the cost, the NBA has the highest average ticket price among the four major U.S. professional sports, eclipsing the $50 mark for the first time in history, according to Team Marketing Report Inc.

NBA's attendance problem is obvious (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nba/fs15.htm - broken link)

NO ONE CARES ABOUT BASKETBALL: NBA Attendance Is Down#

VIDEO: Miami Heat Pathetically BEG Fans To Show Up To Games On Time
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