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Pro-NBA group holds meeting Friday night in Louisville

by WHAS11


Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 10:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The debate over whether Louisville should pursue an NBA team is heating up.

There’s a pro-NBA group meeting Friday night. It’s on the heels of a new effort fighting the idea of the NBA.

Known for fighting conventional wisdom in his quest to remove I-64 from downtown, former mayoral candidate Tyler Allen says NBA supporters are right to challenge the status quo.

Allen spoke before a few dozen people Friday morning ahead of a larger pro-NBA evening event that includes attorney J Bruce Miller, who led previous efforts to land NBA franchises.

A newly formed anti-NBA in Louisville group - Home Court Advantage - is sharing a private study that concludes the NBA would be a bad deal for taxpayers.

Home Court's George Demaree told WHAS11’s Joe Arnold over the phone Friday he loves the NBA but not enough to risk the momentum of U of L athletics or sabotage the men's and women's teams that play there.

"As a community, are we comfortable in alienating our city's public university at the expense of 'getting prepared?'" for an NBA team the letter asks.

Yet, pro-NBA voices say without the extra arena business of the NBA Louisville taxpayers will get stuck with the bill.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold has more on the NBA debate, click on the video player above.