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Jim Gray wants to get his arms around the arena issue and listen to the KSR podcast

In a day where the news is coming as slowly as any day in recent memory, the only notable nugget turned out to be not quite so notable.  New Lexington mayor Jim Gray spoke today about issues facing the city and while he fell short of addressing the “homework” issue, he did talk a bit about Rupp Arena and the potential for an upgrade.  Gray said that he will hire a task force to look into what it would take to expand the Lexington Civic Center and turn downtown into an “arts, entertainment, business and sports district”.  Not exactly the plans for the retractable roof, every player lands in a parachute or a jet pack, state-of-the-art promise you might have hoped for, but it’s at least some political talk to get you mildly fired up.

Speaking of mildly fired up, Matt and Zach were back on the air this morning and got their arms around the Herald-Leader financial situation, Matt’s Cardrobe and, probably, each other.  Take a listen below.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

19 Comments for Jim Gray wants to get his arms around the arena issue and listen to the KSR podcast



  1. SoCalCat
    1:52 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. Making Rupp Arena and its area a flourishing business district. Lexington’s never thought of that. Thank goodness for task forces!



  2. bung
    1:54 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Has the Mayor called Emmert yet?



  3. bung
    1:56 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Aint been no wimmins pics round here lately Mr. Beisner.



  4. CatsCatsCats
    2:02 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Here ya go bung. Beis may let you down, but not me http://www.sportsgrindent.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kentucky3.jpg



  5. Kidnut
    2:04 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Premature podcast cutoffs.



  6. Franktown
    2:09 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    5) ——> Nice…… 🙂



  7. bung
    2:09 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    4) thanks…i needed that. And another thing Mr. Beisner…u mean i can only vote once on the ncaa question thang? What kind of election is this?



  8. bung
    2:10 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    4)….yeah, i meant 4…that number stuff always confused me



  9. bung
    2:10 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    5) see?



  10. bung
    2:14 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    thanks CatsCats….ats what i been tryin 2 say



  11. gocats
    2:16 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    All of the classy commenters are out today…



  12. thsbballpro32
    2:18 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    The last segment of the second hour was left off. Drew the Intern should maybe think about switching careers…



  13. John Stamos
    2:30 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    7 <– you do realize he was elected in a majority-vote election, right? homophobic idiot.



  14. Common Sense
    4:50 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Upgrade” my ass, we want a NEW shiny basketball Mecca pro-arena that will comfortably hold 30,000. One that makes the Chicken Bucket look like a trailer they took the wheels off of….



  15. jonp
    4:56 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    7)I hope for the sake of you and everyone you know that you’re not as much of an uneducated homophobe as your argument suggests.



  16. tyrus
    5:46 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Task Force findings: Going take a whole lot of money and that cash will have to come from the City of Lexington, Civic Center honchos and private donations. State Government will dole out tax breaks and a few 100K in forgivable loans but that’s going to be about it.

    Second phase will be called, “The Waiting Game”. The mayor has many top priorities and tho a new arena is a priority with his administration, it’s not a top priority. So I’m doubting Matt Jones’s statement at the beginning of the basketball season that some sort of announcement will be made about the arena in March. Meaning something of substance not just here’s the task force findings…yep UK needs a new arena.

    With a gubernatorial race soon, now is when UK starts lobbying both sides for money, more money, tax breaks and more tax breaks. During the Fletcher administration, Northern KY University lobbied the governor and Sen. Williams for funds for a what NKU called a multi-purpose convocation center. Proposed seating was around 8,000 until Sen. Williams told the folks in Northern Kentucky (heavy republican area) build it bigger. The Bank of Kentucky Center seating capacity is….10,000!

    Some of you posters need to grow the f**K-up!



  17. cats11
    6:35 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Call that little group “Louisville fans,” not “Trinity people.”



  18. kdelle
    6:57 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    ThankfulCat…Did you know Lexington is ranked as the number one city for gay citizens per capita? He has my respect and my vote. He is a hard working businessman and will be a great leader.
    I Says…wow…you made a joke at the level of a fifth grade bully…good for you



  19. Jason
    9:19 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Today’s podcasts cut off near the end.