Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
A revisiting of the Kentucky Colonel name would make sense, as that team had a great-- though short-- pedigree.
And, yeah, I think it'd work well as an NBA city. Louisville's centrally located and can draw from larger cities (Cincinnati, St. Louis) and smaller ones (Lexington) for a broad fanbase. The key, IMO, is signing local players.
Absolutely no one from Cincinnati is driving 100 miles to Louisville on a regular basis to watch an NBA game - outside of someone going once a year to see their favorite visiting team if it's convenient (Heat, Lakers, Celtics, etc.).
There are scant few Pacers or Blue Jackets fans in Cincinnati for teams equal in distance or even slightly closer than Louisville. There are few Blue Jackets fans in Dayton despite the team's efforts to market itself as "Ohio's team."
Want Cincinnati to care about and follow an NBA/NHL team? Build a new arena and put one here.