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Myths and Facts2017-08-28T15:41:45+00:00

IT’S ALL TALK

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IT’S ALL TALK

Sure, rumors and discussions around bringing an NBA team to Louisville had persisted for years. But this time, it’s serious.

NOBODY HAS THE MONEY FOR IT

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NOBODY HAS THE MONEY FOR IT

Actually, Louisville’s median household income, low cost-of-living, large number of corporate headquarters and serious financial backers would suggest otherwise.

IT WILL HURT COLLEGE SPORTS

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IT WILL HURT COLLEGE SPORTS

Not necessarily. Professional and college basketball can peacefully coexist. Need proof? These basketball teams all share an arena and make it work.

Georgetown University / Washington Wizards – Verizon Center
Marquette University / Milwaukee Bucks – Bradley Center
University of Memphis / Memphis Grizzlies – FedExForum

And, if two NBA teams (the Lakers and the Clippers) can share an arena over the course of 82 home games, surely U of L and a Kentucky NBA team could share over the course of only 62 (counting scrimmages).

IT WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE ARTS

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IT WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE ARTS

The NBA supports artistic outlets; the players themselves are increasingly becoming patrons of the arts. Recently, the league hosted the NBA Crossover, which combined art, music, fashion, tech and entertainment, to celebrate the All-Star Game. And, NBA stars take an interest in the arts themselves; they collect, curate, create and invest in the arts. When players set the example, fans are sure to follow.

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.

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