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NBA to Louisville Group Officially Names Dan Issel President

The news Bunny broke on Kentucky Sports Radio is now official.  The Louisville Basketball Investment and Support Group announced this morning that Dan Issel has been named president of the organization that will try to lure an NBA team to Louisville.

“There is speculation that the NBA could grant an expansion franchise to the West Coast, which would open the door for a franchise to be located in the eastern U.S.,” Issel said in a press release. “This development – plus the impressive list of local investors – is the impetus for the formation of the NBA 2 Louisville initiative. And, it is the reason why I am so excited to be involved in trying to bring professional basketball back to the Commonwealth.”

The local investors Issel alluded to are more than 20 people who have put together over $750,000.  It will take much more than that to bring an expansion franchise to Louisville, but with Issel leading the way and without Jurich and Pitino in the picture, it’s a nice start.

Read more at LEX-18.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 responses to “NBA to Louisville Group Officially Names Dan Issel President”

  1. Graczyk

    If we get a team I’ll be first in line for the game 1. Let’s get this done

  2. DelrayCat

    It would be cool to see it happen, but I seriously doubt KY would adequately support them….unless they have 2-3 UK players. Even then, doubtful.

  3. UKBlue1

    20 people at 750k for an NBA team that is hilarious because that is nothing. What are they going to do next hold bake sales & car washes to raise money. There isn’t enough corporate money or more importantly taking all the countries around Louisville demographically pple with money to long term pay for tickets.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Correct but cincy doesn’t have NBA, neither does St. Louis, or Nashville. The regional population is there to support a team. But, if they don’t succeed to certain degree those outliers will stop and the Louisville will be left trying to hold up the team, and there’s not enough money or support for that

  4. Jiminy Crickets

    $750K? That should be plenty to get a “group” to survey the books and tell you there’s not enough money

  5. Atg2112

    750 k is nothing. Was that a typo? Also, with pitino and jurich IN the picture?

    1. Atg2112

      Nevermind, re read that part. Did not see the “without” part.

  6. catdaddyd

    I’m not sure Louisville can support a team, but Oklahoma City seems to do pretty well. So with Ford, Yum, and UPS maybe.

  7. mj4uk

    Put a team here. Keep some UK and even UL players on the team, sell out every game. If all of the guys at New Orleans were on a team in Louisville, regular season attendance records would be broken quickly.

  8. Cat68

    Please don’t send competition for the Bats. We love mediocre farm team baseball. Before that we loved mediocre farm team hockey. Geez! Bring the darn NBA team and be done with it.

  9. HashtagNoseWhistle

    How bout we call em the Louisville Escorts?

  10. Howdy Doody

    NBA2LOU officials estimate the price tag on landing an NBA franchise at $1.4 billion