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Why It Will Work2017-08-28T15:14:36+00:00

Kentucky is a basketball state. Our fans are rabid for high school and college basketball; all that’s missing is a pro NBA team. The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville consistently place in the top three in the NCAA for attendance. During the 2014-15 season, UK led the nation in overall attendance, with more than 845,000 fans coming to see the Wildcats at home, on the road and in neutral sites

At the high school level, the Kentucky Boy’s Sweet Sixteen routinely draws over 100,000 fans each year for the 4-day Kentucky State Championship, bringing with them millions of dollars to the Lexington economy. There’s a demand for basketball in Kentucky, and the NBA stands to profit from that.

Team / Total Attendance / Average

1. Syracuse / 472,550 / 26,253
2. Kentucky / 413,350 / 22,964
3. Louisville / 383,070 / 21,282
4. No. Carolina / 324,458 / 18,025
5. Creighton / 286,329 / 17,896

Team / Total Attendance / Average

1. Syracuse / 429,378 / 23,854
2. Kentucky / 447,874 / 23,572
3. Louisville / 406,338 / 21,386
4. No. Carolina / 293,723 / 19,528
5. Wisconsin / 276,464 / 17,279

Team / Total Attendance / Average

1. Kentucky / 397,148 / 23,361
2. Syracuse / 367,068 / 21,592
3. Louisville / 396,333 / 20,859
4. No. Carolina / 293,219 / 18,326
5. Maryland / 303,676 / 17,863

WE’VE LAID THE GROUNDWORK

Unlike other NBA prospect cities that have struggled with finding an appropriate venue or financial backers, Louisville is ready and willing to host a professional basketball team.

We Have Corporate Citizens

A large portion of sporting event ticket sales are attributed to corporate suites and season ticket holders. The region is home to no shortage of potential corporate partners, including Humana, Yum!, Ashland, Brown-Forman, Papa Johns Pizza, UPS, and many others.

“Not having an NBA team in Kentucky makes no more sense than having a fine dinner without a fine wine.”

Former NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien