During the Metro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer provided some hope that maybe one day the city of Louisville will land an NBA franchise. Fischer appears to be 100-percent on board with brining an NBA team to Louisville and says that the city needs to be ready when the opportunity arises.
In case you can’t watch the video, here are some quotes from Mayor Fischer.
“I talked to the Mayors of mid-major cities with NBA teams (Sacramento, Okalahoma City, New Orleans) about their experience as an NBA city and they all say that is a no-brainer. If you have an opportunity for an NBA city, what is does is elevate your profile nationally and internationally, the type of activity that it brings to your downtown, it’s what you need to do.”
“When you take a look at the Yum! Center, what do we need? We need more revenue and we need to manage our expenses more appropriately. How do you get more revenue? We need more nights.”
He then went into the issue of U of L’s lease putting a stranglehold on bring more events to the Yum! Center. But, he voiced that he would not allow that to keep him from pursuing it with full force if there was an opportunity.
He concluded by saying, “We need to dream big”. For city that calls itself Possibility City, this is great news. Having the Mayor aboard with this issue is huge. However, we can’t stop pushing local government to pursue an NBA team. E-mail the mayor’s office and thank them for their support and tell them you are on board to help in any way possible.