This Thursday, Louisville's Metro Council will decide whether to grant an additional $22,000 to fund J. Bruce Miller's efforts to attract an NBA franchise to the city. And I certainly hope they do.
While many would rather think small and dismiss any attempt by Louisville to break into the upper echelon of American cities as "unrealistic," I believe Louisville is ready to support a major pro sports team. And given the appetite for basketball in this community, it's pretty clear the NBA is the way to go.
Just imagine – simply by having our own NBA team, Louisville would be mentioned every day by every major news outlet that covers sports. We'd add a new business with a very highly-paid work force – including many multi-millionaires – to our tax base. And the boost that 13 NBA stars could give to local charitable causes is immense.
It's also well-known that when major companies plan to relocate they concentrate on four aspects of a community – schools, the arts, transportation logistics and the presence of major league sports. But while Louisville measures up relatively well in the first three categories, our lack of big time pro sports has, up to now, held us back. Correcting this could be the stepping stone to even bigger things.
For all these reasons, I say bring on the NBA. But what do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.