So, now I know that former NBA and ABA star and UK star Dan Issel is named president of the group.
The Louisville Basketball Investment and Support Group will collaboratively work to get a NBA franchise to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
This will be a significant move to get all parties invested in the idea of a NBA team if a new team Is developed or a current one would like to move.
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With the looming question that many in Kentucky want to know can the state support a National Basketball Association, (NBA) team? The reason why I’m expanding the discussion from Louisville to the whole Commonwealth is because the players, (people involved) will have connections to both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. I’ve figured out several names of the people involved but It can change and/or be updated by the time the public is made aware of their venture.
Remember, I said that there will be an announcement this week. We only have a couple of days left in the week so I anticipate something in the next day if not today. At the time of the announcement we will have the name(s) of the people involved which will create a collaborative team of influential people playing all the positions needed to be a real competitor in the game of having a professional team in Louisville.
Like in the Field of Dreams, we built the KFC Yum! Center so will they come or do they need another arena to make it happen? We are getting closer to that announcement where the talk will turn into negotiations. They still have a long way to go but this is now going to be moving forward instead of backwards.
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The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: There’s a buzz once again that Louisville maybe in the running for a NBA team. I’ve been following this story since the inception of the possibility. Several years ago, it sounded far-fetched but today the tone sounds a little more positive. I spoke to several people and they say it’s possible but all of the planets have to be aligned for it to happen. The first concern is…where will they play? Can the KFC Yum! Center accommodate both the Louisville Cardinals men and women’s basketball teams, special events and the NBA?
Can we afford the ticket prices on a regular basis to sustain the league. The average ticket is $97.00 and could go into several hundred for premium seats. There’s a total of 82 games, which will likely be somewhere around 41 home games in a NBA season plus the playoffs.
Louisville would get help from area cities that do not have a professional team, such as Cincinnati and Nashville.
So, is it possible? I know that Junior Bridgeman and Grant Hill were working on a possible deal. Is it Louisville? I guess we will have to see.
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The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Is Louisville back in the NBA conversation? Would you support it? Read my story and give me your thoughts! Could we be added to this map?