He should worry about firing whoever is in charge of making their roads, and then hire someone who will demolish them and rebuild them from scratch.
So a mayor said "hey, it's an election year and we gotta justify the funding for this state of the art building that doesn't house a state of the art team." Don't blame the guy, but this is a nonstarter.
This makes little sense! Well, okay for Louisville it makes some sense, but how about Indianapolis venders both inside and outside the fieldhouse who make their living off Pacer games? And how about Pacers season ticket holders?
I know he was just brainstorming, but still . . .
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The Celtics used to play some home games at the Hartford Civic Center for years. I kind of like the idea of the Pacers playing a few in Louisville. It's not like the crowds at Banker's life are very impressive. Maybe they could get great attendance down there.
Last edited by sam kaiserblade; 09-26-2012 at 11:33 AM.
Fans in Louisville could make the trek to Indy. It's at most a 2-hour drive. If a strong fan base is built in Louisville, then many of those fans could make it to Indy to support the team on a regular basis (i.e. "Building the fan base in the Louisville area could improve fan support in Indy"). Not everyone who attends Pacers games has to be from Indianapolis (or even Indiana, for that matter).
I personally live out of state in Illinois, almost 4 hours away from Indianapolis, and I still make the drive several times a year. I support both the Pacers and Colts by attending games as often as I can.
I think it would be a smart marketing decision to play a few games in Louisville each year. It's often noted that we play in a small market. If we don't have a market with natural depth, then perhaps we could expand our market through breadth.
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There is a greater chance they play in my backyard than they play in Louisville
I see some of you are addressing this seriously. I believe trying to increase the fan base by playing a few games in Louisville, would be a complete waste of time.
But, I still could see it happening if attendance continues to be an issue, which I am afraid it still will be even with a competitive team and a hopefully much improved arena experience due to the video and audio improvements. People simply don't have as much money to spend on luxuries as they used to, and they can, for the most part, enjoy the games and quality commentary about them at home without having to spend money on gas, tickets, horrendously priced concessions, etc.
Yes, the competition for attendance of Pacers games is becoming a struggle between a combination of cost and convenience vs. the experience of viewing the game with thousands of your closest friends whether they are Pacers fans, Chicago fans (when the Bulls come to town from 3-4 hours away), or for whatever out of market superstar is playing for the opposition.
I just hope that regular TV continues to be a viable business model for the Pacers / NBA. I fear the pay per view model will be considered in some instances of the most desireable matchups (much like the ticket pricing changing due to the popularity of opposing teams).
To preface what I'm about to say, I think the likelihood that the Pacers would relocate from Indianapolis within the next 10 years is extremely remote.
However, one must consider that the Pacers are a small market team and that they reportedly have lost money in nearly every year of their NBA existence. Note: I do NOT want to argue that point, that has been done enough. I merely accept the statement that has been made by the team and the league.
With that said, I believe that among Pacers fans, relocation is among their biggest long-term fears for their beloved team.
Building on that, I would then state that Pacers fans who would support the idea of any percentage of their beloved teams games being played away from their home arena should have their heads examined. It has to be one of the nuttiest suggestions yet.
Doing so would do nothing but cause uneasiness among the present fans that regularly attend games in Indy.
tennymf I think you need to check your times on how long it takes to drive from Louisville to Indy, you are off by about an hour give or take.
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I can drive from downtown Indy to exit 9 on 65 (Sellersburg/New Albany) in about an hour and 25 minutes if I really rip it down 65. Most times I don't do it quite that quickly because of traffic, but it's always well under two hours unless there is an accident or something. The Sellersburg exit is about 10 miles from Louisville. Traffic is usually bad when you get close to Louisville, but if it's moving smoothly then you can get from downtown Indy to downtown Louisville in about an hour and 35/45 minutes. Depends how long you get stuck on the bridge for.
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Louisville can have their ten home games.... if they can pry them from our cold dead hands.
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Marion County tax payers anteing up for a team to play in Louisville? Nah, I didn't see it! Tell the downtown merchants and arena vendors it's just 10 games and see what they tell you?
Remember, the team and county have negotiations to accomplish this year.
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Just ten games might fly if this is a baseball team. But ten homes games in the NBA is 25% of the schedule. OK now what 10 home games does Louisville get? Do they get weekend games? Do they get marquee teams? For example do they get one of the Heat games?
If the mayor of Louisville was at all serious about this idea, then like I said, he is an idiot.
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