The NBA could be coming to Kentucky…sort of. We’ve already heard about preseason games to played in both the KFC Yum! Center and Rupp Arena in the fall, now rumors are circulating about a potential University of Kentucky v. University of North Carolina alumni game being played in Rupp as well.
Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that the game could feature several NBA players from the two schools, with John Wall and Harrison Barnes leading the squads as captains.
Given all the talent to come out of UK and UNC in recent years this would be a great event for state and fans of basketball within the state. We’ll take the NBA here anyway we can get it at this point. Hopefully there will be more information leaking on this soon.
The last 24 hours hasn’t been fun for the Arizona Coyotes and fans of the NHL franchise. It was announced earlier today that the Glendale City Council has voted to terminate the team’s current lease agreement citing “financial burdens”, which will likely end their time in Arizona.
The Coyotes will likely appeal the termination, but things certainly look bleak for the those hoping to keep the team put. According to SI.com,
After [termination], relocation would be inevitable—most likely to Quebec City, where the Centre Vidéotron is about to open its doors.
Of course this is a story that has no real significant meaning to the city of Louisville and their lack of a professional sports franchise, but it is still interesting nonetheless.
Most interesting is the possible relocation spot, Quebec City. A hockey crazed city that just so happens to have a $400 million dollar arena waiting to be filled. Or in other words, a city whose residents are passionately in favor of a sport and has the infrastructure to support a potential team. Sound familiar, Louisville?
Also worth noting that Louisville was once home to a professional hockey team. How cool would it be to bring an NHL version of the River Frogs back?
FWIW, I just discovered that the River Frogs logo was ranked the 4th worst hockey logo of all-time by some website named ginandtacos.com, which is absurd because I have it ranked as the best logo of all time.
The KFC Yum! Center will be home to opening round games in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning this Thursday. This is the second time in the arena’s short existence that it will play host to the tournament.
The arena, which is arguably the nicest in the country, should be a focal point of the first weekend given it is the site where the undefeated and number one overall seeded Kentucky Wildcats will open action.
It’s easy to take such an event for granted when the arena already plays host to several marquee college basketball games throughout the season, but having millions of eyes from all across the country focused on your city, and the nicest asset your city has to offer, for an extra weekend toward the end of the season is a big deal. Major basketball events in the city of Louisville are always something worth celebrating.