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Would you trade the Kentucky Derby for a major pro team?


Trade the Derby for a major pro team?  

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  1. 1. Trade the Derby for a major pro team?

    • Keep the Derby
    • Lose the Derby for a major pro franchise

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Keep the Derby.


The only place to put a pro franchise would be in Louisville, which is too close to Cincinnati for baseball, to close to Indianapolis for basketball, and to close to Cincy, Indy, and Nashville for football.


For basketball, there is too much competition for the sports dollar from the 2 major universities in the state.


Also no metropolitan area in the state, save NKY, is large enough to support a pro team. Even NKY has to include the Cincinnati area to make it large enough. It's not about filling stadiums. It's about TV market size. Louisville and Lexington are 40 and above in market size.


The Derby draws from all over the world. No major sports franchise draw like that every week. It is an event that lasts a week and pulls in more money into the Louisville area economy than any pro franchise would over the course of a season.

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I agree the Ky Derby is by far the best 2 min in sports anyone can watch and to attend this event is a wonderful experience. JD


Here's the thing, though. Regardless of the race itself, the media spends the entire week in Louisville and ESPN broadcasts the entire day from Churchhill Downs and the Louisville area.

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