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

    All this is was the mayor of a city floating out some ideas that he pulled out of left field. It's not like he got this idea after talking with Herb Simon. There is nothing of substance to discuss here.

    That being said, I don't see how Louisville could do any worse than Indy in the attendance department.

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

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    All this is was the mayor of a city floating out some ideas that he pulled out of left field. It's not like he got this idea after talking with Herb Simon. There is nothing of substance to discuss here.

    That being said, I don't see how Louisville could do any worse than Indy in the attendance department.
    Nah. When all those seats at the new dome don't sell next season, and with another playoff run, Indy will re-establish which of the two teams its going to support for a while. Actually, the money saved from football tickets will be split between IU hoops and the Pacers... and this will be the first time in 35+ years that the market will have to worry about dividing up support of its top two basketball programs with both of them relevant at the same time.

    Its no secret this market bounces back and forth between the teams. Just because it was a long run of Colts relevance and Pacers purgatory doesn't change the cyclical nature of it, just the shape of the cycle.
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

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    All this is was the mayor of a city floating out some ideas that he pulled out of left field. It's not like he got this idea after talking with Herb Simon. There is nothing of substance to discuss here.

    That being said, I don't see how Louisville could do any worse than Indy in the attendance department.
    Really? You think Indy is IU / PU / Butler crazy? Our allegiance to college Bball is nothing compared to what it is in Louisville. In Louisville, you either back UK or you back Louisville... and you spend every non-game day doing nothing but talking about the next game and the likelihood that you win your conference crown and get to the finals.

    If Louisville had an NBA team, I could see attendance being okay for the first year or two while it is new. Afterwards, I see it dropping off considerably. At least that's what my friends in Louisville say... and they are all UK fans.

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    Really? You think Indy is IU / PU / Butler crazy? Our allegiance to college Bball is nothing compared to what it is in Louisville. In Louisville, you either back UK or you back Louisville... and you spend every non-game day doing nothing but talking about the next game and the likelihood that you win your conference crown and get to the finals.

    If Louisville had an NBA team, I could see attendance being okay for the first year or two while it is new. Afterwards, I see it dropping off considerably. At least that's what my friends in Louisville say... and they are all UK fans.

    I'm just guessing. I'm originally from Southern Indiana near Louisville, so maybe I'm biased because I'd like to see an NBA team do well down there. But for years, Indy has been one of the worst cities in the league for attendance. Me saying that Louisville could do just as well as Indy has lately isn't exactly going out on a limb. Places like Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City are smaller than Indy and have better attendance. I know that OKC has a freakishly talented team right now, but they also supported the Hornets for two years when they were displaces by Katrina.

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    But for years, Indy has been one of the worst cities in the league for attendance.
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    The Pacers, a regular at the bottom of league n attendance the past few yrs, has increased ticket sales by almost 30% from this pt last yr
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    Default Re: Louisville mayor brainstormed idea of Pacers playing 10 games at the KFC Yum Center

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    The Pacers, a regular at the bottom of league n attendance the past few yrs, has increased ticket sales by almost 30% from this pt last yr
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    Good. It would be completely inexcusable if we didn't.

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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'm just guessing. I'm originally from Southern Indiana near Louisville, so maybe I'm biased because I'd like to see an NBA team do well down there. But for years, Indy has been one of the worst cities in the league for attendance. Me saying that Louisville could do just as well as Indy has lately isn't exactly going out on a limb. Places like Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City are smaller than Indy and have better attendance. I know that OKC has a freakishly talented team right now, but they also supported the Hornets for two years when they were displaces by Katrina.
    Oklahoma City supported the Hornets for a couple of seasons because it was the city's first major pro team. If the Hornets had stayed in OKC and kept sucking the attendance would not have been great.

    The Jazz have been a solid playoff team with little off the court issues while in Salt Lake, of course the fans are going to show up. Big deal.

    Indy has only been bad in attendance because the Pacers were bad and had numerous off the court problems which turned fans away from the team. It has nothing to do with Indy and everything to do with the Pacers. Louisville has 600k fewer people in the metro area than Indy. Why would that market be any better for attendance after the initial buzz of having a team wears off?

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    Oklahoma City supported the Hornets for a couple of seasons because it was the city's first major pro team. If the Hornets had stayed in OKC and kept sucking the attendance would not have been great.

    The Jazz have been a solid playoff team with little off the court issues while in Salt Lake, of course the fans are going to show up. Big deal.

    Indy has only been bad in attendance because the Pacers were bad and had numerous off the court problems which turned fans away from the team. It has nothing to do with Indy and everything to do with the Pacers. Louisville has 600k fewer people in the metro area than Indy. Why would that market be any better for attendance after the initial buzz of having a team wears off?
    Don't forget that the Colts also had people thinking football quite a bit. Where as now with IU, Purdue, Butler, and Notre Dame all having success int eh last few years in BBall, some of the buzz is coming back to basketball

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    I will be very interested to see how attendance goes in OKC after Durrant and Westbrook eventually hang it up.
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    The Pacers barely advertise and promote outside of 465 now, if they played 10 games in Louisville nobody would even know it.....
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    The Pacers had outstanding attendance all through the Reggie era. Well, once he became "Reggie" anyway. It helped that the Colts sucked a lot of it, but even well into Peyton's career ticket sales were still great.

    We're built a lot like those teams. No single "star" that gets the focus, but a really good team with an archnemesis from a place with completely different values than ours in every way imaginable. Hicks vs Knicks is now Corn vs Porn. Or something.

    Like Al Davis said, just win baby. This team's not winning a title w/o a major shakeup, but holy hell is it gonna be fun at the Fieldhouse for the foreseeable future.

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    The Pacers barely advertise and promote outside of 465 now, if they played 10 games in Louisville nobody would even know it.....
    I'm sure somebody knows more about the specifics of this, but I think part of the lack of Pacers advertising has a lot to do with league-mandated market limitations. I know this is to blame for a lack of advertising in other parts of the state. As for Indy, I think the 465 advertising is pretty effective, but I truly believe more Pacers coverage in the local media will drive attendance far more than billboards.

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