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GLI to have NBA study conducted

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---In November, a study was released that said an NBA team would have a negative impact, and on Tuesday a Forbes.com article said it would have a positive impact.

Now, GLI is having its own study done to examine the issue.

On Wednesday evening at the UofL basketball game, there was talk surrounding the potential to bring an NBA team to Louisville, and whether the city and the KFC Yum! Center would be a good fit.

Now, Greater Louisville Inc., plans to pay a consultant to look at the benefits and drawbacks.

Some fans have mixed opinions about the issue.

"Being a fan of Louisville sports I think it will take away from the University, revenue, and attendance to other University of Louisville events," says UofL fan Rob Sarrantonio.

"I would go a couple times. I don't know that I would buy season tickets. That's what I would do," says UofL fans Carol & George Sullivan.

"There's not enough median income to support ticket prices," says UofL fan Andre Stubbins.

Carmen Hickerson, the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications with GLI, says those will be two of the issues studied.

Other issues include community and business support, potential hurdles, and how Louisville compares to other cities with successful NBA teams.

The KFC Yum! Center, which hosts sporting events and concerts throughout the year, will also be studied, to see how UofL would be impacted.

"I'm sure that would be one of the factors that they would look at and we have said from the very beginning when we started talking about this that it's critically important that it's got to be a win for everybody," says Carmen Hickerson.

GLI plans on using PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct the study, which it hopes will help better inform people on both sides of the issue.

"So that all of us can make a much more educated decision on whether we think it's something that we should pursue or something that maybe it's better for us to pass on as a community," says Carmen Hickerson.

A spokesperson for the Mayor says he has expressed support for this study.

Once a contract is in place, the study will take about 60 days to complete.

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