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A Courier-Journal sports columnist from 2004 to 2006, Brewer also knows Louisville's sports culture, and he's confident the region could come to love and support pro basketball. “If you do everything the right way, downtown Louisville would be a true downtown — it would be booming with the NBA,” he said. “The potential for that area around the arena is tremendous. Then, nationally and internationally, the NBA gives you a worldwide brand; you're one of 30 cities to have a team. And, then, just for your people to have something else to cheer for …” Dufrene agreed. “An NBA franchise would give people another reason to come to Louisville,” he said. “So from the standpoint of attracting outside dollars, it would aid the local economy.” Courier-Journal
For his part, Louisville Mayor-elect Greg Fischer is non-commital about the NBA. “He would certainly be interested in hearing about it and hearing people's thoughts,” said Chris Poynter, a Fischer spokesman. “It could be an exciting prospect for the city, but it's a little too early to tell right now.” Courier-Journal
The excitement over the new KFC Yum! Center has some on the Internet calling for Louisville to once again try to get an NBA team to move to the city. But at this point it seems like a long shot. U of L hasn't even played its first official game at the center. Yet, on the Internet, there are calls to try and attract an existing NBA team to Louisville. There is a Facebook page called "Bring the Sacramento Kings to Louisville." The Fox TV affiliate in that California city has also reported on the Facebook effort. fox41.com
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