Mayors make wager on UofL, UK basketball game

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by Jacob Ryan

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 5:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)--  The upcoming basketball match-up between UK and UofL just got a little bit more interesting in the political realm for the cities the teams call home.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray have a bit more riding on the game than bragging rights, the two mayors made a wager on who hosts who next Spring at the state’s premiere horse racing venues – Keeneland and Churchill Downs.

If UofL beats UK, Mayor Fischer said he will host Mayor Gray at Churchill Downs for a day a Louisville horseracing.  However, if UK ends up the victor, Lexington’s Mayor will invite Mayor Fischer to Keeneland for the seasonal races in Lexington.

The rivalry between the basketball programs is one of the staunchest in the nation and the two mayors have plans to sit together during the contest at Rupp Arena.

In 2011, when the game was played at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, the mayors came up with the idea for the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement that focuses on growing manufacturing jobs in 22 Kentucky counties.

The game is set to begin on Saturday, December 28 at 4 p.m.
 

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