THE PACERS ARE TOO CLOSE
So? Plenty of NBA teams are within driving distance of each other. If you want to talk about potential fans for a Kentucky NBA team, look at Eastern Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Louisville is closer to those regions than any other NBA team in those markets’ proximity. There’s an untapped fan based just waiting to be catered to.
Plus, the natural rivalry that would occur between Kentucky and Indiana teams would likely draw more Indy fans to Louisville — meaning that Louisville would attract more tourist dollars and Indy fans would have more chances to see their Pacers play.