Local News
6:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Report: Virginia Beach No Longer Seeking NBA Franchise

Credit NBA/Creative Commons

One fewer city is pursuing an NBA franchise.

Virginia Beach's mayor said Tuesday that the city is "withdrawing" from efforts to build an 18,500 seat arena in the community with an NBA team as the main tenant, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported.

Read more
Local News
11:30 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Talks NBA, Violence Prevention, Charter Schools and More

Greg Fischer
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

In an interview broadcast live Thursday on WFPL, Mayor Greg Fischer covered a broad array of topics —violence prevention, charter schools, the NBA and more.

You can listen to a podcast of the interview below, and we'll have more stories Wednesday morning on a couple of specific topics. Here are some of the other highlights.

Read more
Local News
10:01 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Forbes Contributor: Louisville Should Top List for NBA Franchise

Credit NBA/Creative Commons

Which city should be first in line for an NBA team, should one relocate or an expansion franchise be created?

Louisville, writes attorney Darren Heitner on

Heitner is a professor of sports management at Indiana University and the founder of the Sports Agent Blog. He writes that Seattle and Virginia Beach are contenders, too, but Louisville has advantages such as an existing NBA-caliber arena and demonstrated support for basketball, albeit at the college level.

Read more
Local News
3:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What Would the NBA Mean for Louisville? WFPL Discusses.

Credit NBA/Creative Commons

WFPL will have a special discussion at 1 p.m. Tuesday on what an NBA franchise would mean for Louisville -- the feasibility of pro basketball in Louisville and the possible positive and negative ramifications for the city.

Read more
11:14 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Councilman Dan Johnson Joins Roundtable Discussion on Louisville NBA Team

Credit NBA

Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is joining a panel discussion in downtown Friday on bringing an NBA team to the city.

The roundtable will feature Jefferson County Judge Executive Bryan Matthews and attorney J. Bruce Miller, who has been an advocate for bringing professional basketball to the city.

Mayor Greg Fischer has also been a vocal proponent of bringing the NBA to Louisville, but he's faced criticism from University of Louisville officials. Supporters are optimistic, but a study by a pair of media executives outlined how the cost of the NBA outweighs the benefits.

From WHAS-11:

A new study from Cambridge Economic Research showed a relatively unfavorable impact that an NBA team could have on Louisville.
It concluded that Louisville could not sustain a pro franchise.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

NBA Report Renews Pros, Cons Discussion of Pro Hoops in Louisville

The New York Times Magazine cover, featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last week, The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy story that can be summarized in a sentence: The NBA is doing well in Oklahoma City.

The piece discusses the Oklahoma City Thunder's surprising on-court successes, the city's embrace of star Kevin Durant and how a middle-sized Midwestern city landed a pro basketball team in the first place. And there's this discussion with Oklahoma City's police chief, Bill Citty:

Read more
12:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Fischer, U of L Athletic Director Trade Jabs Over NBA Talks


Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich are squabbling over talks of bringing an NBA franchise to the city.

Recently, Fischer met with business leaders and local boosters about the prospect of bringing professional basketball to the KFC Yum Center. The downtown arena has been facing financial troubles, and the parent company of the current arena manager—Anschults Entertainment Group (AEG)—has announced plans to sell the subsidiary.

But as The Courier-Journal's Tom Sullivan reports, Jurich took exception to Fischer holding a meeting about bringing the NBA to Louisville without including the arena's main tenant.

"(Mayor Fischer) is a guy full of signals,” Jurich told the newspaper. "He needs to work a little bit more with transparency. He likes to throw that word (transparency) around, but you need to practice what you preach."

Read more
10:30 pm
Sat September 22, 2012

Noise and Notes: Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Louisville's Hoop Dreams

International Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley
The Chess Drum

International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley visited Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival where he discussed how the game impacts decision-making in business and life.

In 1999, Ashley received worldwide acclaim for being the first African-American to win the coveted grandmaster title, and he doesn't mind the role model status he's attained either.

The Brooklyn-native is an ESPN commentator and Harvard fellow, who has been touring the country for years advocating that the game is a useful tool for character-building, especially for children and teenagers. Ashley sees chess as an intellectual combat that can raise a person's thinking and provide insights into how they do or do not make critical decisions

I talked to Ashley about being a pioneer, what chess can tell us about U.S. politics and the obsession people have with the game.

Read more