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Louisville leaders discuss NBA propsects

Louisville area leaders met today to discuss the possibility of bringing a team from the NBA to Louisville in the future. According to Wave 3 News, Mayor Greg Fischer and former University of Louisville star Junior Bridgeman led the discussion with 23 area power brokers.

“Any kind of big decisions we make in the community, there needs to be broad input, different points of view,” Mayor Fischer told Wave 3. “Something like this is a journey, it can take years, but you’ve got to be ready. You have to get community input to see if this is something that the community wants to do… This isn’t something where you just call a meeting together, snap a finger, it’s done.”

Bridgeman is a former president of the NBA Player’s Association and reportedly has believed for a long time that bringing an NBA franchise to Louisville would be a good fit. Mayor Fischer and some of the other leaders seem to be more than open to the discussions, but they also don’t shy away from some of the major road blocks dealing with the Yum Center that stand in the way.

“Obviously the University of Louisville controls the lease in the YUM! Center, this would have been a win for the University of Louisville and many stakeholders in the community. That’s what all this process is about is to pursue what those options are and to see if we can do it,” Fischer said.

We know Rick Pitino wants nothing to do with bringing a franchise from the NBA to Louisville. We know that the circumstances and technical issues with the lease for the Yum Center will make the movement more complicated. But the Yum Center is without question an NBA-caliber arena. Louisville is a city that would have a chance to grow and house a professional sports team. If nothing else, it seems like the leaders in the Louisville community are actively pursuing ways to make this work. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

26 Comments for Louisville leaders discuss NBA propsects



  1. homer Bear
    9:45 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    That would be Epic!!! I would get season tickets.



  2. theSkinny81
    9:46 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    why would Louisville want an NBA team? they know nothing about basketball….



  3. Hal
    9:52 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    i’m all for an nba team if the city can make it work financially. but, why would the nba want to come here when bigger cities like baltimore, seattle, pittsburgh, cincinnati, charlotte, st louis, nashville, columbus, etc dont have teams?



  4. Ricky P
    9:53 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I control this town and will hold it back from its real potential, dont cross me.



  5. Big Blue 66
    9:55 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    pipe dream, not only does UL want to block it, the Yum center while new is not that good of an arena, even the old NBA arenas are built better and more posh. Plus Pacers would fight it big time and as 3 said, there are several cities in front of Louisville. Hell, put it in Covington would have more sponsors and more population to make it work.



  6. Louisville Kings
    10:04 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    3 the difference between those cities and Louisville is that they already have professional teams in their area. Can anybody think of a city as big as Louisville without a professional team?



  7. 6xJimmy
    10:14 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Who is responsible for giving UL money on every event at the YUM center, when the state and city lose millions of dollars?



  8. bige
    10:17 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Worth a try… but I don’t think the area can take 2-4 major basketball events a week and have both of them live.



  9. WalkersGoggleS
    10:21 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    It would be EPIC having an NBA team in Louisville. I love reading all the stuff those guys post on twitter. NBA is global. I think doubters are usually people that are worried about an NBA team coming in and stealing a little of the big college teams’ thunder.

    We are supposed to be this big basketball state
    Aren’t we supposed to be a basketball crazy state?? Our Sweet 16 high school tourney rocks, all the colleges are great. Its time to do it for NBA too!



  10. Cooter92
    10:23 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    What time is the 1st game tomorrow?



  11. WHATTTTTT!
    10:25 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Once again we already have one NBA team in Kentucky



  12. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    10:37 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’m all for it, but it will never happen with UofL controlling the chicken bucket. The city needs to show that the arena authority was corrupt (based on all of the UofL cronies that were on the committee) when the incredibly one-sided lease was signed. Getting that lease voided or restructured is where the city should start first and not with another committee looking at the feasibility of an NBA team.



  13. Rixter
    10:44 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Is it that time already? Like clockwork, every 6 years…there is a very slow news day, and somebody brings up and NBA franchise in Louisville. Let’s waste our time with talk of an NFL franchise in Pikeville instead, huh?



  14. it would never work
    11:00 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville couldn’t support a pro anything. Our same elected officials that have blocked the city’s progress and growth opportunities are puting the cart WAY in front of the horse. Bring big businesses here first. Pro cities are much different than here.



  15. Head Bussa
    11:01 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    I hope we do get an NBA team in Louisville. We need something like that to help us move in a better direction as a city. This city will benefit from having its name affiliated with that league. In a way, the NBA has a worldwide audience and Louisville is begging to get its name in the bright lights. Also, the downtown area would certainly change to adapt to a “professional” team and its big-name players. It could provide somewhat of a new theme for the boring downtown that is Louisville. The YUM Center is of too much quality for people to just sit back and watch UofL squander the arena’s best years of use all for itself. That arena looks out of place in a way. It sits there; so big, so nice, and just begs to have a pro team affiliated with it. I mean, you look at it and it looks custom made for an NBA team. The YUM Center housing ONLY UofL basketball just doesn’t work. I mean, would you prefer ONLY minor league baseball be played in Yankee Stadium?



  16. Rixter
    11:06 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    As I recall Louisville DID support a pro basketball team quite well back in the ’70s. That’s not the issue at all. We have 3 problems. Number one, Rick Pitino doesn’t want the competition. Secondly, The NBA has no interest in Louisville other than as a bargaining chip, and lastly, Rick Pitino doesn’t want the competition.



  17. Iucansuckabigblue.......
    11:10 pm September 14, 2012 Permalink

    Lets do it! I’ll buy tickets right now. I don’t understand the negative opposition to this everytime it comes up. It angers me that crappy Indiana has the Pacers. Which they don’t even care for. And we have no major pro team in Ky. &[email protected]#()…. It is like going to school and saying. I’m never going to get this degree. I mean you don’t know until you try. So lets try.

    Lets just hope the dumb dirty birds realize that they need to let this happen in that bid cage.



  18. matt
    1:27 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    i love the nba but i would never support the team unless it had Kentucky on there jerseys instead of loserville



  19. UKBlue
    2:48 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is exactly why Louisville is so screwed up, so far behind, why nothing gets done & what gets done is usually so screwed up ! Our leaders & residents need to stop chasing & dreaming about delusional unicorns. Need I remind you, some of these exact morons that were so eager to build the Yum Center knowing we couldn’t afford it are the same morons pushing for an NBA team.

    To all you hard headed idiots out there:



  20. UKBlue
    3:16 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is exactly why Louisville is so screwed up, so far behind, why nothing gets done & what gets done is usually so screwed up ! Our leaders & residents need to stop chasing & dreaming about delusional unicorns. Need I remind you, some of these exact morons that were so eager to build the Yum Center knowing we couldn’t afford it & allowed UL to negotiate their crazy lease deal for the Yum Center are the same morons now pushing for an NBA team. Need I also remind you, they have no plan for how they are going to deal with the impending financial disaster that is going to be the Yum Center; can’t wait to see what happens when the bond payment jumps to $17 Million a year. These are also the same idiots that built 4th Street: you don’t even want to know the truth behind 4th Street Live or how it stays open.

    To all you hard headed idiots out there: WE ARE NOT NOW OR IN THE FUTURE GETTING AN NBA TEAM ! Economically, Louisville & the surrounding arena of Louisville don’t have anywhere close to enough money to afford an NBA team. The NBA isn’t expanding teams & the Maloof family isn’t moving the Kings to Louisville. The Maloofs will either sell the team or our Boggie Cousins will soon be located in Virgina Beach with their new $390 Million Dollar Arena or Seattle, especially since the city of Seattle just approved the building of a new $490 million dollar arena.

    People of Louisville: Shut up about the NBA, and figure out how you are going to fix the things you have already screwed up !!



  21. Pick Ritino
    7:35 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    Booooooooo!

    Louisville can not support an NBA team.

    Couldn’t support an ABA team back in the 70’s.

    Ignorant.



  22. DIORIOS PIZZA
    8:59 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    YOU RUBES want an NBA team,other than the one Cheatin’Calis already funding with Yew Kay donor money???
    Put it in Rupps Dump and call them Rupps Dump Racists. THAT I would pay(one time) to see!
    Louisville would have FAR more money to support itself if 30% of TAX REVENUES were not sent out to the other 119 counties to feed,clothe and shelter Blue Neck HillBillys in BugTussle,Ky!!



  23. theSkinny81
    9:08 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    lol, and WE are the racists?



  24. Dave
    10:48 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    22- I sincerely hope you do not represent Diorio’s Pizza. Small businesses should not be associated with offensive and ignorant rants.



  25. barn
    11:25 am September 15, 2012 Permalink

    3–duhvill is about the same size as nashville, and bigger than cincinnati and pittsburgh, and bigger than ok city, which already has a team, as does charlotte



  26. Hub
    11:33 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    25, you have to consider metro area. Louisville’s metro area isnt bigger than those cities you mentioned, with exception to Oklahoma City. Also you need a major economic base, many large corporations which all those cities have.