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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    That may be a new building or whatever, but if something like this happened it would be more likely to occur elsewhere in Indiana. This is probably one of the most ridiculous ideas I have ever heard of.
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

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    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.
    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.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    BREAKING NEWS: A North Central freshman is studying the idea of the Pacers playing 10 games in the North Central gym. Currently writing notes on his iPhone.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    ANYONE who thinks this is a great idea is a moron. if Ps&e allow this to happen this would be step one of the pacers leaving Indianapolis.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    Besides, just because Kentucky is a great basketball state, doesn't mean the NBA would work out in Louisville.

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    Come on throw the guy a bone, at least give him one preseason game.
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    Come on throw the guy a bone, at least give him one preseason game.
    This is what you do. The idea of reaching out and building the Pacers brand is not a bad one. Playing regular season "home" games in another state is.

    But, play a pre-season game down there? Why the heck not? Didn't they play in Ft. Wayne at some point? Same thing. Doesn't the NFL send pre-season games to LONDON!? The Pacers in Louisville for the pre-season makes a lot more sense than the Jaguars to play in LONDON in the REGULAR SEASON.

    Especially as the team is improving and gaining a little bit of attention and popularity. Kentucky people love their cousi... errr...uhmm... basketball, so why not get them into the Pacers? They'd make the trip for a team that plays the right way. Lots of people already do.
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    Us? Let Kentucky host games for our team?


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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    I could see a preseason game maybe, that's about it.

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    Louisville wants a pro team. Not to play a preseason game there, but to move there. This is why you don't let the team put one foot in the city. I'd be more than fine with a preseason game anywhere, on the moon for all I care, if it was just to try and get a bigger fanbase for the Pacers. But not if the city wants to steal our team.

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    Kentucky has two "pro" teams already. Yes, I threw the Cardinals in there, too. Whatcha gonna do about it?
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    I don't think it would be terrible to let them host a preseason game, but that's it. Stir their interest for NBA level basketball with a couple regional teams, say Pacers v Memphis. Louisville is a nice city, but it's not ready for an NBA team and won't be for quite a long time. But if their locals and maybe Cincinnati locals are willing to support the INDIANA Pacers, then more power to them! I think we'd do better to focus on reclaiming W. Lafayette and South Bend fans first though. Though I guess SB is a good 3 hours away.

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    I don't think it would be terrible to let them host a preseason game, but that's it. Stir their interest for NBA level basketball with a couple regional teams, say Pacers v Memphis. Louisville is a nice city, but it's not ready for an NBA team and won't be for quite a long time. But if their locals and maybe Cincinnati locals are willing to support the INDIANA Pacers, then more power to them! I think we'd do better to focus on reclaiming W. Lafayette and South Bend fans first though. Though I guess SB is a good 3 hours away.

    I think Louisville could support an NBA team. I don't see how their attendance could be much worse than the Pacers' in recent years.

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    I think Louisville could support an NBA team. I don't see how their attendance could be much worse than the Pacers' in recent years.
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    If we are going to play preseason games there, we shouldn't play with other local teams. Otherwise the crowd will be split. Play with teams like the blazers or suns. Then the people will be more likely to connect with us, and we can build the fanbase better.

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    I'm not even interested in seeing a preseason game played in Louisville. As Heisenberg said, this is a city starved for a pro team and I don't want to give them any reason to believe it could be the Pacers. Let's just keep playing preseason games in college arenas throughout INDIANA. We play in South Bend this year, Assembly Hall a couple years back - we could do a game in West Lafayette, the Hulman Center or even Hinkle. Just hate seeing out of state home games. Getting fans back to the Fieldhouse is a lot like recruiting for a college team - lock down your own in-state borders and then you can start thinking about going beyond that.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    1 preseason game in Louisville each of the next 10 years, then he will have his 10 Pacers games!

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    1 preseason game in Louisville each of the next 10 years, then he will have his 10 Pacers games!
    What if by having two home arenas you sell out ALL your games and have a bigger TV market?
    Just something to think about. Fans don't get game burn out in one city from having 41 games to attend.
    For team profitability would a team consider that in a small market?
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    What if by having two home arenas you sell out ALL your games and have a bigger TV market?
    Just something to think about. Fans don't get game burn out in one city from having 41 games to attend.
    For team profitability would a team consider that in a small market?
    NO WAY, all 41 games need to be at the fieldhouse and they will be. NOT A CHANCE even one regular season game is played in Louisville.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    Ehh... At least the KFC Yum Center is a good arena, but I don't see this happening anytime soon.
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    Don't they already have a couple of pro teams that play in that area? Or did Pitino and Calipari stop coaching?



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    Kentucky has two "pro" teams already. Yes, I threw the Cardinals in there, too. Whatcha gonna do about it?

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    Ehh... At least the KFC Yum Center is a good arena, but I don't see this happening anytime soon.
    U of L isn't happy either. They don't want to share the stadium.

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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

    It would be one thing to lose the Pacers to a bigger, more glamorous market but quite another to lose the team to a metro area 2/3 Indy's size and less than two hours away.

    After the initial buzz of having a team wears off, why would attendance be any better in Louisville? The Pacers had attendance problems because of all their off the court issues combined with four straight seasons of missing the playoffs. It wouldn't be better in another market, especially a smaller one.

    And then of course there is the simple fact that no city has EVER lost a team after building it a state of the art arena with taxpayer funds and then providing it with an eight figure operating subsidy for three years. Indianapolis has done its part to keep the Pacers happy. Time for the Pacers to return the favor and commit to the Circle City for the long haul.

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