NBA Foes: The Nation Is Cold Laughing At You

Hoo boy, you’re gonna love the latest from Forbes:

Preliminary talks about a Louisville NBA team have been met with some skepticism. A recent Cambridge Economic Research feasibility study revealed that the city may not benefit economically to the extent that proponents postulate.


Additionally, the study relies on the Federal Reserve Bank’s model (a model purportedly used by the researchers) to conclude that Louisville is projected to benefit $2.4 million per year (from new jobs and local taxes) if a team arrives in the city, a number that is claimed to be insufficient to support the costs of attracting an NBA team. However, the study, which was submitted to an agency called Boxcar PR, has been criticized for its supposed lack of foundation and for its mischaracterization of the source of the $2.4 million finding. For instance, Louisville-based attorney, J. Bruce Miller, who has long been one of the strongest advocates for a Louisville NBA team, pointed out to that the study blatantly misconstrues statistics presented by Rascher & Rascher (the study even misspells their names) in their NBA Expansion Viability Study and references an October 2012 that Dr. Daniel Rascher, Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley, says was never conducted. “The implication from the study, cited in the Boxcar report, is that the Raschers determined that if the Sacramento Kings transfer locations, Louisville should be at bottom of the list,” said Miller. ”I asked Dan Rascher what’s happened to Louisville in the last 7 years, when his real study was released in a peer-reviewed research journal. He said Louisville would still be the number one city based on his previous work and that nothing has changed other than the fact that Seattle does not have a team now, but had one back then.” Miller says that Rascher told him the Boxcar report was a fabrication; Miller called it a fraud.

Isn’t that fun? But get a load of the latest hype Bob Gunnell is tossing around (must be trying to pay off Gus Goldsmith):

“J. Bruce Miller is still carrying the water for a dream of a NBA team in Louisville,” said a Boxcar PR representative in response to Miller’s public accusations. ”His dream would leave taxpayers paying the tab to the tune of millions of dollars that could be better spent on tourism, the arts and visitor attractions that could result in tens of thousands of convention and tourism visitors each year. This NBA dream could endanger the best college sports town in America.”

Unfortunately for Bob?

However, has gained access to a communication from Dr. Rascher that says, “The two items [from the Cambridge Economic Research feasibility study] that I read are both incorrect in multiple ways. It makes me question the validity of the entire study.”

More choice excerpts:

The speculation that a professional basketball team would detract from the existing college basketball program has not served as an effective roadblock to divert the interest of Mayor Greg Fischer, and other supporters, of bringing professional basketball to the roughly 1.3 million inhabitants of Louisville and the many others that live in Louisville’s surrounding area. Further, there is no reason to believe that a professional team within the Louisville city limits will detract from the University of Louisville basketball program’s success.


There are a number of people who, privately, have expressed interest in participating in an ownership opportunity should a team become available for relocation to Louisville. Those same sources have told that each of the potential owners has the wherewithal to realistically participate as a qualified minority owner.

Those people interested in being potential owners? They’re people we know and speak with on a regular basis. It will not be tough for you to figure out who they are or how serious they are.

Another Day, Another Shooting In Possibility City

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

As the country still tries to make sense of the senseless school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Oldham County schools are hosting a series of safety forums to address the concerns of parents. [WDRB]

J. Blaine Hudson, dean of the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences since 2005, is stepping down at the end of this month. [UofL]

Wait, is this a for real story? People are still surprised that 4th Street Live is a hotbed for racism? [WHAS11]

Crystal Copley fields calls from desperate women seeking help for their addictions at The Healing Place in Louisville — and is haunted by the voices of those she must tell to wait. [C-J/AKN]

One person is being treated at University Hospital after a shooting in the Shawnee neighborhood Monday afternoon. [WAVE3]

The amount of land needed to grow crops worldwide is at a peak and an area more than twice the size of France can return to nature by 2060 due to rising yields and slower population growth, a group of experts said on Monday. [HuffPo]

A man cleared of murder after spending 14 years in prison is suing Metro Louisville and more than a half dozen police officers. [WLKY]

Lexington has a couple of big housing problems: there is too little affordable housing, and there are too many vacant houses in neighborhoods all over the city, especially since the wave of foreclosures that followed the 2008 financial crisis. A partnership between city government and Habitat for Humanity has offered small help for both problems, but it has left officials optimistic that it could lead to bigger solutions. [H-L]

With a $55,000 settlement approved by Clarksville’s town council Monday, Rick Dickman will leave his post as redevelopment director at the end of this year. [Business First]

The latest financials from Kentucky Retirement Systems? Typical sunshiney funtimes stuff that will blow your mind. [Page One]

Rep. John Yarmuth’s Remarks On Gun Violence

Here are Congressman John Yarmuth’s remarks from his 10:00 A.M. presser today on gun violence:

“Last Friday’s incomprehensible tragedy in Connecticut requires every citizen, and certainly every public official, to reflect on our responsibilities to our fellow citizens, because what happened to so many innocent and helpless children in Newtown can happen in any of our towns to any of our neighbors.

“I have been largely silent on the issue of gun violence over the past six years, and I am now as sorry for that as I am for what happened to the families who lost so much in this most recent, but sadly not isolated, tragedy.

“Like so many Americans, when I was growing up I thought guns were the things that protected us from the bad guys — the outlaws, the Nazis, the Red Menace, and the gangsters. Now I know, through painful history, that guns are much more likely to be used by the bad guys or the mentally unstable against the rest of us.

“Instead of the fictional Lone Ranger and the Rifleman and James Bond, there was the very real Lee Harvey Oswald shooting JFK, and then James Earl Ray shooting Dr. King, and Sirhan Sirhan killing Bobby Kennedy, and Mark David Chapman shooting John Lennon. More recently we watched the massacres at Heath High School, Columbine, and Virginia Tech. Then I watched my friend and colleague Gabby Giffords attacked with weapons that killed several others and left her permanently changed.

As sad as it is, it’s nice (or not nice) to see an elected official from Kentucky recognize that the Commonwealth has had its own share of violence.

Read the rest of Yarmuth’s remarks after the jump…

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Nope, Your Mind Will Unfortunately Not Be Blown

It’s far from secret that Louisville Metro EMS is suffering from poor management. People are leaving left and right and current personnel are overworked and exhausted.

We’ve gone on and on about it for more than a year. Primarily, we’ve focused on the absence of the agency’s director, Neal Richmond. Because he’s never in Louisville and spends a ton of time in New York – apparently at another job.

But guess what we discovered on the LMEMS website?


Richmond was brazen enough to put his New York City research studies on the LMEMS website! Which not only explains his absence (we were right) but that he is so disconnected from anything going on in Louisville that he couldn’t be bothered to consider doing a study here, where he is supposed to be five days per week.

We won’t even get into the bit about FDNY having a less than stellar record of resuscitating full arrests when compared to other cities. Due in large part to slow response times. That’s where Richmond worked previously.

But that is the b.s. LMEMS workers have to endure. That kind of brazen attitude and self-importance/self-promotion.

He’s not running an escort service like the former LMAS director, though, so don’t worry about him ever being held responsible for anything he causes at LMEMS. He could do far worse – like repeatedly drive drunk in an agency vehicle and end up on the news – and nothing would ever happen to him. Fischer’s folks would just go after any whistleblowers or people asking questions.

This is why Louisville can’t have nice things.

Pray Greg Runs So We Can Get A Better Mayor

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Authorities believe they have found the remains of a Southern Indiana teenager, missing since September. Police discovered what is believed to be Ethan Bennett’s silver Jaguar [Friday] night with a body inside. [WDRB]

An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules currently prohibit the growth of hemp in the U.S., Patriot Bioenergy Corp. sees value in industrial hemp for biomass blending with bituminous coal for power generation as well as a possible cellulosic feedstock for biofuels. [Biomass Magazine]

Over the past few years police have been working and training to be prepared in the event a shooter ever enters a local school. [WHAS11]

Who wouldn’t love for Greg Fischer to try running for the U.S. Senate again? He’d likely lose even harder to another Democrat than he did in 2008. Primarily because he’s now got a record to run against that’s even worse (if you can imagine) than what he already had against him. [WFPL]

Investigators returned the scene where the vehicle of missing Clark County teenager was discovered. [WAVE3]

Greg Fischer presented his proposal for a local-option sales tax to the Metro Council on Thursday and got a positive reception from several Republicans who signaled their possible support. [C-J/AKN]

Family and friends hope reward posters posted on Saturday will lead to an arrest in the shooting death of a father of seven. [WLKY]

You’ll want to pay close attention to this, folks. Fifty years ago, lanky, loquacious Harry Monroe Caudill of Letcher County climbed onto the national stage and tapped the microphone. [H-L]

The Louisville Free Public Library and University of Louisville have started a College Shop at the Shawnee branch library, 3912 W. Broadway. [Business First]

With three houses left to rebuild, the initial construction phase of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in New Albany is winding down, and city officials are considering what will happen next. [News & Tribune]

John Yarmuth will hold a presser at 10:00 A.M. this morning to discuss gun violence. [Press Release]