NBA http://wfpl.org en Byline | FBI Looks at Metro Gov't; Legislature Mulls Felon Voting Rights; Corvette Museum Sinkhole http://wfpl.org/post/byline-fbi-looks-metro-govt-legislature-mulls-felon-voting-rights-corvette-museum-sinkhole <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136083688&amp;color=205075&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136083688&amp;color=205075&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wi Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:53:10 +0000 Laura Ellis 8670 at http://wfpl.org Byline | FBI Looks at Metro Gov't; Legislature Mulls Felon Voting Rights; Corvette Museum Sinkhole Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-jobs-re-election-liquor-sales-and-taxes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited WFPL News for an interview Thursday. In the hourlong chat, he discussed his bid for a second term in office, the city's controversial plan to re-open a potentially dangerous jail, a recent audit of the Air Pollution Control District, an attempt in the Metro Council to restrict package liquor sales and, as always, the local option sales tax.</span></p><p>Here's the audio:</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:38:57 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6574 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes Mayor Greg Fischer on WFPL Thursday for a News Special http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-wfpl-thursday-news-special <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join WFPL on Thursday for an hour-long news special.</p><p>Fischer will be asked about possible changes to the Metro Council members' <a href="/term/discretionary-funds">discretionary spending, </a>the <a href="/term/vision-louisville">Vision Louisville project, </a><a href="/term/nba">professional</a> <a href="/post/could-louisville-support-major-league-soccer-team">sports </a>and more. He'll also discuss his bid for re-election in 2014.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6555 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Greg Fischer on WFPL Thursday for a News Special Councilman Ken Fleming Says NBA Study Shows Louisville's 'Poor Business Climate' http://wfpl.org/post/councilman-ken-fleming-says-nba-study-shows-louisvilles-poor-business-climate <p>The chair of the Republican caucus in the Louisville Metro Council says a study on attracting an NBA franchise shows the city needs to improve its business climate and lift tax burdens.</p><p>A<a href="http://www.greaterlouisville.com/files/GLI_SummaryReport.pdf"> summary of the report</a>, which was commissioned by Greater Louisville Inc., found Louisville has an enthusiastic fan base and downtown arena to attract a professional basketball franchise. What the city lacks is a proper corporate base to lease the necessary amount of suites at the KFC Yum Center.</p><p>At least one city lawmaker argues that illustrates a larger problem regarding burdensome government taxes, which he claims limit Louisville’s business growth that would attract the NBA and other amenities.</p><p>"We are a hamster on an exercise wheel: we work, we work, we work. We get off it, but yet we’re still stuck in the cage of state and government regulation," says Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7. "That’s why this whole state and particularly Louisville can’t do anything because we have politicians that can’t get their head out of the clouds and get down to the brass tacks &nbsp;of doing things and changing this tax structure."</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:50:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5327 at http://wfpl.org Councilman Ken Fleming Says NBA Study Shows Louisville's 'Poor Business Climate' NBA Supporter J. Bruce Miller Forges Ahead; Critic Calls on Louisville to Back Away http://wfpl.org/post/nba-supporter-j-bruce-miller-forges-ahead-critic-calls-louisville-back-away <p>The release of a<a href="/post/nba-feasibility-study-louisvilles-lack-corporate-depth-hampers-pro-basketball-aspirations"> Greater Louisville Inc. study executive summary questioning the support for an NBA franchise </a>among the city's corporations appears to be a hurdle for advocates of professional basketball in Louisville, but a longtime NBA supporter says he's undeterred—and that the prospects are far from dead.</p><p>For decades, Louisville attorney J. Bruce Miller has involved himself in the pursuit of an NBA franchise for Louisville.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:26:54 +0000 Joseph Lord 5296 at http://wfpl.org NBA Supporter J. Bruce Miller Forges Ahead; Critic Calls on Louisville to Back Away NBA Feasibility Study: Louisville's 'Lack of Corporate Depth' Hampers Pro Basketball Aspirations http://wfpl.org/post/nba-feasibility-study-louisvilles-lack-corporate-depth-hampers-pro-basketball-aspirations <p></p><p>Louisville lacks the corporate support for an NBA team that would likely be needed to attract &nbsp;professional basketball to the city, said a study into the feasibility study commissioned by Greater Louisville Inc.</p><p>Those corporations would be called upon to lease suites at the KFC Yum! Center for NBA games—but the "lack of corporate depth" in Louisville means that those companies would each need to lease a greater share, the study said.</p><p>Louisville does has a strong potential fan base for the NBA, the study noted.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:17:47 +0000 Joseph Lord 5286 at http://wfpl.org NBA Feasibility Study: Louisville's 'Lack of Corporate Depth' Hampers Pro Basketball Aspirations Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out http://wfpl.org/post/local-gay-rights-leaders-sports-commentators-react-jason-collins-coming-out <p>Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game.</p><p>The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2RrqW1IGW">reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated</a>, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.</p><p>Collins cited the recent NBA lockout and his friendship with Demcoratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts as the reasons he came out.</p><p>From <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/#ixzz2RsgvVtEo">SI:</a></p><blockquote><p>Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:56:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5193 at http://wfpl.org Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Brewer: 'The NBA Could Work in Louisville' http://wfpl.org/post/seattle-times-columnist-jerry-brewer-nba-could-work-louisville <p>The question of whether Louisville could and should have an NBA team has entered a quieter phase since the Sacramento Kings <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/nba/2020303689_kings07.html">began talks of relocating to Seattle.</a>&nbsp;Though it's<a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/nba/2020467428_sacramento02.html?prmid=4939"> no done deal</a>, as a Sacramento group is also trying to keep the franchise in place.</p><p>Either way, at this juncture no NBA team appears up for grabs—though history dictates that that's likely to change in the next several years</p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 4290 at http://wfpl.org Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Brewer: 'The NBA Could Work in Louisville' As Louisville Ponders the NBA, Agency Offers Ideas for Team Logo. Because, Why Not? http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-ponders-nba-agency-offers-ideas-team-logo-because-why-not <p>The concept of an NBA team bears all sorts of opportunities for academic exercises. The most fun, likely, is what a team would be called and how it would be branded.</p><p>This is woefully premature, but the marketing agency Current360 has<a href="http://current360.com/play/4-possible-logos-for-a-louisville-nba-team/"> offered seven ideas for logos</a> of a prospective pro basketball team in Louisville. They range from plausible to, uh, interesting.</p> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 3639 at http://wfpl.org As Louisville Ponders the NBA, Agency Offers Ideas for Team Logo. Because, Why Not? NBA's Sacramento Kings Move to Seattle Changes Nothing for Louisville, Fischer's Spokesman Says http://wfpl.org/post/nbas-sacramento-kings-move-seattle-changes-nothing-louisville-fischers-spokesman-says <p>The Sacramento Kings are moving to — wait for it — Seattle. That's what <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/maloofs-nearing-deal-to-sell-kings-to-group-that-plans-to-relocate-franchise-to-seattle-190254566.html;_ylt=AkPrByyfgdpGcZ.hebJvaS28vLYF;_ylu=X3oDMTN1YTJtbXRtBG1pdANGRUFUVVJFRCBNZWdhdHJvbiBOQkEEcGtnAzQ0OWI5NmU5LWE1NTctMzIwOC05ODVlLWZhMTk3YjdkYmI1ZARwb3MDMQRzZWMDbWVnYXRyb24EdmVyA2IxOTQxOTgzLTVhOWItMTFlMi1hYmZhLWNhYzk0NjlkNDQzYQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTFoNjVvZWVyBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANuYmEEcHQDc2VjdGlvbnM-;_ylv=3">Yahoo! Sports is reporting.</a></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:15:23 +0000 Joseph Lord 3342 at http://wfpl.org NBA's Sacramento Kings Move to Seattle Changes Nothing for Louisville, Fischer's Spokesman Says