Fischer Says Louisville Will Pursue Pro Sports Opportunites With "Full Force"

07/30/2012 10:48 AM

During the most recent Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer provided some hope to NBA fans hoping that the city would one day land a franchise. And that’s perhaps a bit of an understatement. During a question-and-answer session with the crowd, Fischer sounded strong in his desire to bring an NBA team to Louisville and for the first time, gave hope to fans wishing that an NBA team would move to Louisville.

When asked about the possibility of an NBA team eventually making its home at the Yum! Center, Fischer emphatically stated, “If we have the opportunity, I will pursue it with full force.” The declaration was a contrast to the somewhat vague answers he’s given when asked about the subject in the past.

The mayor also noted that he’s met with the mayors of Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Sacramento and indicated that the city is prepared to make a pitch for an NBA team. “They (NBA teams) don’t come available every day,” Fischer told the crowd, “So we need to be in a position to be ready if we take that leap.”

The financial plight of the KFC Yum! Center also factors into the cities pursuit of a professional sports team as Fischer told the crowd that new revenue needs to be generated from the two-year old facility. “How do you get more revenue? We need more nights,” Fischer said, before acknowledging that it’s difficult at the moment because UofL controls the lease “for now” – perhaps an indication that a struggle between the school and the city is ahead.

But as far putting an actual team on the court, Fischer acknowledged that no NBA team has reached out to him directly, but “we are having conversations about possibilities so we are in a position to play when we want to play.” And for NBA fans in Kentucky, Fischer has truly made Louisville “Possibility City”.

Remember to set your DVRs for Thursday at 8pm as cn|2 Sports presents their latest documentary, “Left Behind”. It’s the story of Louisville’s last pro basketball team, the Kentucky Colonels.”

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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