Could Louisville be trying to lure an NBA team again? During the recent Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer told the crowd that if Louisville had the opportunity to land an NBA team, he would “pursue it with full force.” Our old pal Thomas Beisner reported on the luncheon, in which Fischer said that he has met with the mayors of Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and Sacramento and informed him of his intentions to go after an NBA franchise: “They (NBA teams) don’t come available every day. So we need to be in a position to be ready if we take that leap.”
The timing makes sense. The Yum! Center is struggling financially, with the city eager to renegotiate the University of Louisville’s lease agreement in hopes of creating more availability for non-UofL events to generate revenue. Fischer admits that he hasn’t been approached by any NBA teams directly to discuss relocation to Louisville, but that “we are having conversations about possibilities so we are in a position to play when we want to play.” In other words, look for Fischer to make every effort to renegotiate the lease agreement with UofL in order to make Louisville and the Yum! Center as appealing as possible.
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