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Internet calls for NBA team


Louisville, KY (WDRB TV Fox 41) -- The excitement over the new KFC Yum! Center has some on the Internet calling for Louisville to once again try to get an NBA team to move to the city.

But at this point it seems like a long shot.

U of L hasn't even played its first official game at the center. Yet, on the Internet, there are calls to try and attract an existing NBA team to Louisville.

There is a Facebook page called "Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville." The Fox TV affiliate in that California city has also reported on the Facebook effort.

The Kings are mentioned because the team has been unsuccessful at getting a new arena built in Sacramento. So the Facebook page asks, why not Louisville, where we have just opened a brand new downtown arena.

Scott Stepro is a basketball fan who follows the game closely. He says, "I will support an NBA team if it comes here because this is my town." But he doesn't expect an NBA team would make a good fit here. "Louisville is a college town, I am not convinced an NBA team would get fan support here," he says.

Corey Workman, also a fan, feels the same way. "My preference is more toward college ball. Obviously a pro team would be good for the city, but just on a personal level I think college is where it's at," he says.

U of L is the principle tenant in the new arena, having first choice of dates with its men's and women's teams for forty home games a season. It would be a scheduling nightmare to find forty more home dates for an NBA team.

"No NBA team is going to be the second tenant," says sports writer Billy Reed. "For an NBA team to come in here, U of L would have to give up its sovereignty that it has in the arena, and that just is not going to happen."

Right now it appears there is no real push by the city's movers and shakers to get an NBA team to consider Louisville. Besides, there is even some discussion about reducing the number of teams in the pro league.

But for those who dream of a day when Louisville will finally be home to a major pro sports franchise there is always the possibility.

"If years go on and the arena starts losing money and it's going to cost the taxpayers a lot more money," says Reed, "I think at that point the leaders may have to start looking at options."

But Reed says it seems almost certain that the Cardinals will be the principle tenant in the new arena for the foreseeable future.

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