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Mitch McConnell Against Louisville Pro Team Because He Doesnt Like NBA

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The talk of getting a NBA team in Kentucky has risen a bit in the past few weeks, with news that the Sacramento Kings are once again considering relocating and local developers in Louisville could be interested in putting up to $80 million into a redone Freedom Hall. But what do the politicians of the state think? Governor Steve Beshear, Mayor Greg Fischer and State Senate President David Williams have all come out in favor of such attempts, but a NBA team in Louisville has at least one notable detractor Senator Mitch McConnell. The UL graduate and current US Senate Minority Leader did an interview with Eric Crawford in which he spoke extensively about UL’s Athletic program and his work to improve it. But when asked about trying to get involved in bringing a pro sports team to the second largest metropolitan area in Kentucky without one, he had this to say:

“I’m a little biased because I personally don’t care much for the NBA,” he said. “I’m just not interested in it. So it wouldn’t have a lot of appeal to me. In terms of the economics of it, does it compete with UK or U of L? Is it value-added or value-subtracted? You’d have to ask the coaches.”

McConnell seems to suggest that he won’t be an advocate for a NBA team in this area, primarily because he doesn’t particularly enjoy the NBA as a product. That strikes me as an odd viewpoint. I don’t particularly enjoy yachting, but if we could bring the America’s Cup to Kentucky, I would certainly support it (although admittedly, our landlocked status would make it unlikely). Whether one personally enjoys basketball at its highest level should be of no importance in determining whether one should advocate for a team in the state. The question of a pro team in Kentucky is one of economics and job creation, an area in which it would almost certainly be a benefit.

But most interestingly to me, is Mitch’s second reason for opposing a NBA team in Louisville. McConnell channels Rick Pitino and talks about the effect it might have on UL Athletics. He asks whether it would be “value-subtracted”, for UL basketball, a question that might make sense for a fan to ask, but is odd for a public official. I agree with John Calipari that if a pro team comes to Kentucky, the coaches of the two major programs should be able to make it a HUGE benefit for the college teams. If you market your program correctly, having NBA stars in your city would only help (can you imagine how Calipari would parlay such an event in Lexington?). But even if it did subtract a bit from UL basketball’s bottom line, so what? The point is not just the local college team, but the economy of the state.

Reasonable minds can differ as to whether a NBA team in Louisville makes sense, or would be practical. I think for Louisville to take the next step as a city, it needs a professional sports team. No major metropolitan job center that is relevant nationally is without one, and the NBA is likely the city’s best opportunity to have success. But even if one is against a NBA team, shouldn’t the determination be one made on economics? McConnell is clearly a die-hard UL fan and that is more than fine. But, he is also one of the most powerful people in all of politics and an advocate for the state of Kentucky. Even those who disagree with McConnell on politics can appreciate what his Senate leadership position has meant to this state in the past decade. But on this issue, Mitch shouldn’t let his UL fandom, or dislike of pro basketball determine his view on the NBA to Kentucky. The state needs economic help and growth much more than it needs UL to be the most profitable athletics department in America. The local state leaders, both Republican and Democrat, in this state seem to see that. It is time for those representing the state in Washington, especially in centers of power, to see it too.

Article written by Matt Jones

81 Comments for Mitch McConnell Against Louisville Pro Team Because He Doesnt Like NBA



  1. AMG
    7:15 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Get em’ Matt.



  2. Chris Thomas
    7:15 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I imagine that is what McConnell’s face looks like after seeing this photo courtesy of Drew Franklin: http://instagr.am/p/OzSRF9hfIg/



  3. Biggass Hungguy
    7:18 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Once again Matt is using his blog as an attempt to bash Republicans.



  4. uk7titles
    7:18 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    what a backwards ass state. the surrounding states have all made huge strides on the professional sports landscape in the past 20 years. meanwhile, our area continues to do nothing.



  5. uk7titles
    7:19 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    #3. he is not bashing republicans…he is bashing plain ignorance.



  6. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    7:23 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    well said. he needs to act in the best interest of the state.



  7. B1
    7:23 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a conspiracy I tell ya!!

    There’s a big difference in NBA fans and college fans.



  8. Tony
    7:26 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Biggass Hungguy: Reading is hard, I know. But Matt actually bashes one (1) Republican, Mitch McConnell; and one (1) Democrat, Rick Pitino.



  9. uk7titles
    7:27 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    bottom line, jurich and the athletic department at UL are actively harming the local economy for their own self interests. UL athletics is a tax free entity, yet they are allowed to keep a profitable pro sports franchise from coming to town. and the citizens don’t care, and now we know the most powerful politician in the state doesn’t either.



  10. Tom
    7:27 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    If Louisville landed a NBA I would venture to Louisville in order to watch, and would be a fan.



  11. UK
    7:29 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch should probably worry about the economy, or some other issue. Sorry but a basketball team doesn’t seem as important of fixing the country.



  12. cats11
    7:29 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    AN NBA team, Matt.



  13. Steely Dan
    7:29 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not so sure I see the part where he is lobbying against bringing a team. All he said is “I don’t like NBA basketball.” I think the last part of the quote it probably the most important, it’s all about the economics. Does anybody actually think that Louisville could support a professional sports team? Seriously?



  14. Briar Gates
    7:30 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, I dont live in KY so I dont have a dog in this fight, but the question was what do the politicians of the state think. Pretty sure he told us what he thought. He doesnt care for the product. I think it is a watered down league myself. Do away with about half the teams and you really will have the best of the best.



  15. elzekeo
    7:30 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    This worthless P.of S. is not interested in anything that HE can’t get money from,typical.I wish we didn’t have to read this stuff, but its always good to keep up with the doings of this P.of S. just to see where his interest is, and again its not in the interest of the STATE of KENTUCKY. Maybe he couldn’t get the Tan Man to advise him of what to do. Good article Matt.



  16. yeah but...
    7:32 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I bet if someone was to “offer” ole Mitch $5 Mil to support the NBA to Louisville – he would change his tune. (Or maybe, just maybe, Tommy Turtleneck has already paid off Mitch)

    ALL POLITICIANS ARE THE SAME!!!

    We can ‘hope for change’ all we want – but every politician is interested in making themselves wealth, that’s it!



  17. nba2lou
    7:32 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Love the coverage! Thanks Matt.

    It is important to not that while it is a rare occurrence that NBA teams come up for grabs it is even more rare for it to be a team w/ 4 UL or UK players on it. Louisville is actually in a great position if the Kings want to move soon. We are one of the only cities with an arena/days ready (if the sweetheart deal gets redone.

    Quick plug for more info, follow us on twitter at @nba2lou



  18. ditch mitch
    7:33 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    ditch mitch



  19. Ben
    7:34 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    If it is that great a deal, then put one in Lexington! Win – win! Pro team and UK gets new arena with luxury boxes!



  20. Reality
    7:34 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Moved from KY this spring and couldn’t be happier! The schools, the politics, the lack of vision from leaders, tax payers being duped into building an arena for a commuter school… good luck with all that. Oh and speaking of politics, I vote for a giant chainsaw to saw around the beltway of DC so it can float out to sea and sink. Then WE THE PEOPLE can start over.



  21. Han
    7:35 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    You can ask the coaches if they think it will add or subtract, but it’s gotta be people with an understanding of the economics that make the call. You don’t let Rick Pitino or U of L decide if it’s profitable for the city and state to bring a team in. They’re biased.



  22. KC
    7:36 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Are those photos of Tommy Turtleneck in the background?



  23. Iucansukabigblue....
    7:37 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    IT is simply amazing how our own people continue to be our worst enemys. The spin off to create jobs, economic growth, and culture as a growing state is non measurable. And all anyone can think of is… I’m not a big nba fan. What a disgrace. I remember back in 98 when the glizzlies were thinking of moving. We didn’t have an arena. And we got used as a bargaining chip for Memphis. And I believe Sacramento was in a deal somewhere then too. And the excuse now is they don’t want to take UofL’s fans… What a total joke. I know for a fact you would see uofl and uofk fans viewing together



  24. Iucansukabigblue....
    7:38 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cheering*. This whole debate is a complete joke.



  25. Jack.....
    7:42 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    This is another example showing that it’s time to ditch Mitch. HIS personal preference isn’t what is needed here. What is needed is what is best for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



  26. JJ
    7:42 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Well actually guys, as dumb as Mitch is and how dumb he makes Ky look, having an NBA team would do something positive to the KY economy at least. However, it would probably be better if we just get this guy out of office.



  27. dave
    7:48 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    i dont think an nba team makes sense in lou, ky.
    -david stern listed 5 cities that he thinks are “nba ready” last year and louisville wasnt one of them.
    -louisville is barely a top 50 tv market & rest of KY is smaller.
    -renovated/redone freedom hall for lebron, kobo, d-wade but yum/downtown for uofl?
    -downtown, 4th st area arent doing that good right now bc the city needs more ppl and businesses. nba team doesnt solve those problems.
    but why would i ask rick pitino or john calipari if an nba team in lou, ky makes sense? or did he mean some other coaches? very strange response by mitch.



  28. This Guy
    7:55 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    #27

    -David Stern once said he didnt want a team in New Orleans, and now he doesnt want them to leave.
    -Top 50 TV market is fine for the NBA, especially when you have a top 65 TV market in Lexington that would also support the team.
    -I really want the NBA in Louisville, but not if its in a renovated Freedom Hall. Thats just ignorant.
    -Um, a NBA team playing in the struggling YUM Center 40 times a year is the definition of bringing more people downtown, even to shotty 4th street.



  29. TheBigToe
    7:56 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch McConnell, doing his part to keep Kentucky poor, fat, and stupid for almost 30 years.



  30. nba2lou
    7:59 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    27. – Every major city surounding Louisville is absent a team. Population ranks above 10 current teams. Nielson ranks OKC media market 44 and Lou 48.

    Why so negative anyways? Is it not worth a shot?



  31. BlueBallin'
    8:00 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hate UofL, not a Mitch Mac fan in the slightest–the prime example of why NO ONE should ever be a career politician and we should have term limits on all members of government. That said, greater Sacramento has 2-million+ people and is consistently the 1st franchise mentioned for either relocation or contraction. Everyone saying how great it would be to get that money rolling in has a great point; but finish the thought out to conclusion and you’ll see that this area wouldn’t sell enough season-tickets/luxury suites/national ad revenue, etc, to maintain a pro franchise for the long haul. As big as UK (and UofL for purpose of this discussion) is, how many tickets for an 82-game season are you going to personally buy with college b-ball in full swing? You all need to admit to yourselves that most of the people who could make such a move happen are cut from the same cloth as McConnell. Pro teams happen when the following equation can be satisfied: Wealthy backers + political allies + passion of a population greater than 2 million. 2012 Kentucky, specifically in the Louisville area, doesn’t have any of that going for it right now. But hey, it’s a nice thought.



  32. #1UKfan
    8:01 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, since when is Louisville the SECOND largest metro area in KY? Oh, and screw Mitch McConnell!



  33. SAN
    8:02 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    This question is better asked of someone from the State Legislature , not the U.S. Congress. McConnell has much bigger problems to deal with! And if he says he doesn’t the NBA…at least he’s honest.



  34. nba2lou
    8:06 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    31. If you don’t want to buy season tickets that’s fine. Louisville would fill a giant hole in the country that is void a NBA franchise.



  35. blah
    8:17 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    That is such an asinine opinion. An NBA team would no question be value added for the city, thus the state. Isn’t that why we elect Senators? “I don’t like the NBA so I don’t care” is about the worst opinion he can have.



  36. Bill
    8:20 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Why are Louisville fans so against a NBA team? Are they afraid they lose all ten of their fans or something…or is it because they will lose corporate sponsors? This would create jobs, draw fans in state wide and from cincy…these ppl are idiots



  37. nba2lou
    8:24 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Matt makes another good point. If UL supported this it would be a HUGE plus for them. Think of Pitino selling recruits that they will be sharing a floor/locker room with NBA players like Lebron, KD, etc.



  38. UKBlue
    8:24 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch can say whatever because he knows an NBA team is never going to come to Louisville. Mitch like any politician is in favor of jobs, but he also knows that there isn’t enough money in Louisville & the surrounding area to support UK, UL, and an NBA team.

    People in Louisville want to spend money we don’t have & can’t afford on the hopes it will bring whatever to Louisville; we’ve spent it & they haven’t come to Louisville. That same way of thinking is how we now have a Yum Center that we can’t afford & will end up in bankruptcy. Yes it sounds good on paper & it’s nice, but if you can’t afford it & it’s going to cause financial hardship, you have to find another way.

    People say look at Oklahoma City; look at Oklahoma City, they have a massive oil & natural gas industry that has jobs that pay people a lot more money on average then jobs in Louisville. The Thunder arena is even named after a natural gas company.

    People can keep hoping for an NBA team in Louisville, but it’s never going to happen.



  39. SoCal Will
    8:27 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    The Association is a mighty big dog to let in the house. The owner would try to steal Calipari and five years later Sean Miller if he replaces Cal, and five years later Coach O ad infinitum…. Plus, small market teams only have small windows of success from great drafts and then the players migrate to the bright lights. Just ask Russell Westbrook how much he loves LA…. Finally, if the team is filled with ex Tar Heels and Dukies and a team starting ex Cats comes to town who do you really like?



  40. blueaville
    8:31 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    as a resident of louisville and big blue fan, i don’t want an nba team. everyone always says louisville needs to take the next step….personally i love the city the way it is. i love the pga coming every few years, derby, and everything else we have. yep we could be larger…but why??

    just my opinion though



  41. Zacharia Litzelswope
    8:32 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    What a lot of people are forgetting here is not only are people in Kentucky going to support this team, but also the people in Indiana. I’m from New Albany, IN (10mins from downtown Louisville) and there is a huge mix of UL, UK and IU fans many of which can not make it to college games because they are in Bloomington or Lexington and now days are sold out. So having an NBA team would give these people a chance to watch a high level of basketball, not just high school. It would have to be in the YUM!Center though.



  42. Anonymous
    8:34 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Only in Kentucky would you have a debate about an NBA team being good for our fine state.

    Unbelievable.

  43. The state of Kentucky, and the city of Louisville built the YUM center with state money then signed it over to UL. So, there is no way UL signs off on a NBA team. If it came, UL would get 84% of the money from the boxes any way.



  44. BlueBallin'
    8:36 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    34, read 38. Because you would buy a season-ticket (rather spend my money on UK), doesn’t mean there’s a whole lot of people that would join you in doing so for the next 50 years. Seem to be stuck on the initial pop of what an NBA team could bring. And besides the season-tickets really, the most important question is – who’s going to plunk down $1 BILLION+ dollars to buy an existing team, let alone build one from scratch? You could blackmail Papa John and the richest coal family whose name I wouldn’t know to buy in and eat up most of their fortunes. And top-level recruits are going to have their chance to be on plenty of NBA courts. Why would a pro team at the YUM Center be so special? Think they’d be more impressed with actually playing for a coach and program that has, say, 28 current pros in the league than getting to see the locker Jimmer Fridette gets to keep his warm-up gear.



  45. NotoriousACP
    8:41 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones for governor!!!



  46. steve
    8:44 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    44. You have this all figured out, don’t you? Thank god we don’t have to both with that silly notion of bringing pro sports to our State. Thanks man



  47. Fake Nate
    8:49 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t give 2 turds about the possibility of an NBA in KY this week because UK is going to BEAT Louisville.
    Sorry, Matt. No offense, but BBN is, in the words of Dave Ramsey, “Gazelle focused” on stomping the Cardinals.

    Go Big Blue!



  48. Jerry Abramson
    8:53 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love it when Matt attempts to throw politics into sports!!! The intent of this blog post is a stretch. Mitch doesn’t like the product and basically says, “Ask someone else about this topic”. To suggest that he is anti-KY, anti-business, anti-good ole Kentucky baayskeetball is pathetic. Then again, liberals like Matt have a keen sense of stretching a subject to fit their agenda. Stick to UK basketball and leave the politics out of it.



  49. Biggass Hungguy
    8:53 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    UofL would lose corporate sponsorship, the only way it will hurt UK is the prime seats UK fans get when UK plays UofL in the YUM! Center every year.

    The Warriors sold for %450 million, and the Grizzlies owner is reportedly asking $350 million for the team. But its not about buying a team, its about convincing a current owner to move a team.



  50. Biggass Hungguy
    8:56 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hornets sold for $338 million, $1 billion+ lmao



  51. Say Something
    8:57 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    It saddens me to think that people can’t see him for the dummy he is I’ve called his office several times and he will never talk to me a coal miner from eastern Ky he should represent me not big money. All of that is a fairy tale called ethics he has none and will never have any a point I made to his secretary several times reminds me of THAMELTOE facts are optional



  52. steve
    8:58 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    48. Clearly Matt isn’t the only one doing that these days. Don’t think you’re making assumptions based on what you presume about a man you likely haven’t met?



  53. Dave
    9:09 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    First off, I would LOVE an NBA team here. I am not sure one would come, but for community leaders to not try is inexcusable. Who cares if the UL or UK athletic departments were slightly less profitable? They are here to serve the community, not the other way around.
    I do know that KC has the newly built Sprint Center without a main tenant. Also, to the comments that nearby cities do not have any NBA teams, the Pacers say hello.
    48- I don’t know how you construed Matts post as a liberal attack on conservatism. He is criticizing soe odd statements that Mitch made. By the way, I would describe Jerry Abramson as moderately liberal Democrat.



  54. Moo
    9:11 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Landlocked? Isn’t the Ohio River our entire northern border?



  55. Well...
    9:20 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve got a piece of rope for ol’ Mitch, too.



  56. CATfish
    9:26 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    If Kentucky did get an NBA team, what would our team name/ mascot be?



  57. MadTex
    9:27 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    McConnell is a dirt bag. I’d fire him before I’d fire Joker. Lookon the bright side though – after they’re both fired we all would be better off.



  58. Funky Monkey
    9:34 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch needs to go! Thinks of himself first, then his party,… us citizens,… America,… we rank even lower than U of L and that low.



  59. Greenwell
    9:52 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I moved from Louisville to Nashville in 1995 on the cusp on Nashville landing back-to-back professional teams in the Predators and Titans. For anyone to suggest that an NBA team would be value-subtracting is extremely dilusional. Nashville and Louisville were very similar 15 years ago but Nashville is considered light years ahead today (ie corporate hq relocations like Nissan and Bridgestone, 4 of next 6 SEC tourneys, college bowl game, women’s final four, new convention center with 1m booked hotel nights before opening, etc etc etc). Bring the NBA and the economic boom will follow.



  60. Kentucky Packrat
    10:12 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    I would love an NBA team in Louisville too, but we can’t afford it.

    My son takes Colcrys for a condition. The FDA let a company spend several million dollars to “re-patent” colchicine, which raised costs to Medicare by tens of millions of dollars.

    Excluding the ultra-large markets, for-profit(*) pro teams usually cost the communities more to gain or keep than they bring in in economic effects. The tax incentives needed to bring a team into Louisville would be terribly expensive. Sponsorship money currently going to UL, UK, the Redbirds, Legends, etc., would have to be redirected to the new Colonels.

    As much as I dislike Mitch the Mannequin, he is right: the money we’d use to bring an NBA team would have to come from somewhere.



  61. uncle ron
    10:22 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    It is not necessary for a locals to be owners…i.e. New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets.

    An outside owner would have to have assurances that YUM will accomodate the team.

    YUM is failing and something must be done. If YUM defaults U of L has right of first refusal to purchase a failing asset. Troubling, if U of L stops paying rent then YUM will go into default…

    U of L would then negotiate their own deal with the NBA to save their new acquisition.

    Sorry to go so long…



  62. MadTex
    11:04 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Buford – BITE ME!!!! UL will always be known as the “Dirty Birds”!!!!



  63. Bill Brasky
    11:05 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch McConell sucks, and it is amazing the rednecks in this state vote for him



  64. Tampa Satchel
    11:09 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch McConnell is the biggest douche in politics. He is an embarrassment to the commonwealth.



  65. Newt
    11:22 pm August 26, 2012 Permalink

    Amazing that the 3 team purchases you bring up #49 are, along with Sacramento, all the teams they talk about when the idea of contracting the NBA comes up. And can someone who knows and cares about this Buford kid do him a favor and just put the pillow over his face while he sleeps?



  66. Lexington Larry
    12:06 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    What Kentucky needs is a new guy in the White House to boost economic growth. Will an NBA team keep the coal severance money going to the economic hubs of the state (i.e. Louisville, Lexington, Covington)? That would be a resounding “NO.” But hell, what would I know? I’m just a man for cheap energy, low cost steel, abundent good paying jobs in the poverish part of the state, sending severance dollars to keep the metro areas up to date and according to all those liberals, dirtier air and water. I guess that they forgot that power plants have cut over 85% of the sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide since 1990, silenium levels in water on surface mining jobs are at levels lower than those found in bottles of water. I guess it hurts not having that coolness value but some brains to be able to research and think for myself.



  67. kywildcat
    12:17 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Matt don’t want to lose the funds he gets from the food stamp commercials



  68. true blue
    6:22 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Mitch help Kentucky? He hasn’t in his whole lifetime, so why should he start now. Knowing he is a loserville fan, makes me even dislike him even more. Let’s vote this sorry thing out of office.



  69. Bill Brasky
    9:00 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    # 66 Investing in coal is like investing in the paper industry. Like it or not this country is moving towards other forms of energy production. Much in the same way technology has steadily replaced the need for paper from top to bottom in this country, alternative forms of energy are currently, and will at an ever increasing pace, continue to replace coal as an energy source. Therefore, I think that your ideology is flawless Lexington Larry, at least if you are trying to rival the same logic used by the indigenous people of Easter Island in the late 1600’s, or that of Micheal Scott on the office. Instead of looking towards the future and setting ourselves up for long term success by exploring other avenues of industry, and energy consumption, we should cling to our beloved coal and see where that gets us 30 years from now. In fact, had you guys been around at the time, I think you, Micheal Scott, and Mitch McConell would have been the best statue builders Easter Island has ever seen.



  70. Jason
    9:34 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    The NBA is a chance to market the city of Louisville and the state of KY across the world. Mitch has continuously made bad decisions regarding the welfare and future of this state. It is time to ditch Mitch and take the next step in making Louisville a world class city, by bringing the NBA to town. The economic impact the NBA has had on Cities like Memphis, OKC and Salt lake city is proof of what could happen here.



  71. Swoony
    9:41 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Want your voice to be heard? Click the link, Like the FB page https://www.facebook.com/#!/nba2lou and share, comment and discuss. What you allow…is what will continue!



  72. dukesuX
    10:12 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    this just evidences what a total selfish prick mitch-the-bitch is & like ALL reTHUGlicanz, is a TOTAL c0ck-sucking, mother-fvcking a$$hole!!!!



  73. Travis Atwell
    10:16 am August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why not base an NBA team out of Cincy? Build the stadium in NKY and give the team a KY name?



  74. CatSinceBirth
    12:09 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    #48….And you of all people have the nerve to critique Matt Jones. Could you possibly be a Conservative? Thread was for the most part politics free until you spewed your venom.



  75. Yngvie Maumsteen.
    12:37 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    This douche is against everything. Mitch Magoo.



  76. Jc#1
    12:52 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Matt getting your politics going again. Once again love this website but you need to leave your republican hate off this website. I’m sure Mitch knows 4 more years of Osama Obama and no one in Kentucky will be able to afford a ticket to a NBA game.



  77. vegaswildcat
    1:06 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    If McConnell wants to do ONE thing to actually help the state of Kentucky he should take a massive heart attack. He would not be missed. Pathetic, pathetic man he is. The fact he can get re-elected makes me so ashamed of my home state.



  78. J Jones
    1:53 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    This is why I vote against Mcconnell everytime he runs. He is such a backwoods thinker. I would go to the games of an nba franchise and I live 150 miles away. VOTE MITCH OUT.



  79. Scout51
    2:08 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe discussion of the ABA and KY Colonels haven’t entered this thread. We WOULD already have an NBA team in Louisville (and one that WAS very successful) if John Y hadn’t sold us literally down the river. The Colonels’ presence didn’t hurt UL one bit. Don’t be so provincial or defensive, People. Just boils down to McConnell being an idiot. His sport is politics and he needs to be ejected from the game.



  80. Tommy J
    3:40 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch McConnell is crushing the economy of Kentucky and Louisville by not bringing an NBA team here. Vote this clown outta here and get someone to support our sports teams.



  81. Yabba Do
    10:08 pm August 27, 2012 Permalink

    A lot of UofL basketball fans think the NBA will hurt their basketball program, and a lot of UK basketball fans think UK being good at football will hurt the UK basketball program. Both are pretty stupid notions, huh?