Tyler Allen

(Editor’s note: Curtis Morrison just emailed us, reminding us that IL was a catalyst in bringing Tyler Allen to the game, so to speak. See his note at the bottom of the post.)

This promises to be extremely interesting.

Louisville-based businessman Tyler Allen, is scheduled to speak on bringing a National Basketball Association team to Louisville at the IdeaMornings meeting this Fri., Nov. 30 at the iHub.

From the IdeaMornings synopsis:

Tyler Allen is a Louisville businessman, owner of USA Image Technologies, Inc. and co-founder of the 8664 movement. Tyler will be talking about the benefits – intangible included – of bringing an NBA team to Kentucky. There has been a lot of recent discussion on this topic and we look forward to hosting this event and hearing more ideas from the community.

In 2005, Allen and J.C. Stites created the 8664 movement to not only oppose the new downtown bridge and its massive interchange, but to remove Interstate-64 from along the riverfront – the last local, grassroots, organic political movement to gain real traction throughout the community.

Think about that for a moment – community leader and grassroots organizer meets the “Bring the NBA to Louisville” movement.

We asked IdeaMornings founder Jason D’Mello if Allen is fer the NBA, or again’ it, and Jason says, “For it.”

That’s all we’re going to tell you about this event, which holds out the promise of some real surprises/news.

We’ll be there!

There are a number of people including Metro Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville businessman Junior Bridgeman at least discussing the idea of bringing an NBA team to play in Louisville, at least in part because of the KFC Yum! Center’s projected deficits over the next few years.

IdeaMornings events begin with networking at 7:30 a.m., and the speaker typically at 8 a.m. We are happy to say there is always coffee, thanks to Jason.

The iHub co-working space is at 204 S. Floyd.

From Curtis Morrison: 

We were the catalyst that pushed Tyler Allen into this dialogue to begin with. I mean, I guess we don’t have to take credit for everything, but yeah. We did that!
“Louisville businessman, 8664 co-founder, and former mayoral candidate Tyler Allen questions whether Louisville’s maximizing the KFC Yum! Center’s potential to cover the debt obligation.

“’Just look at Pepsi Center in Denver or Staples Center in LA,’ Allen said. ‘The Lakers (NBA), Clippers (NBA) and Kings (NHL), with at least forty home games each, all share the Staples Center,'” – https://insiderlouisville.com/news/2012/06/20/sources-arena-authority-will-officially-ask-university-of-louisville-for-changes-kfc-yum-center-contract/

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2 thoughts on “IdeaMornings presenting 8664 founder Tyler Allen weighing in on NBA in Louisville

  1. Louisville’s future is taking advantage of the lack of a major pro-sports franchise by extending pro-sports wagering to competitors on 2 legs. This city must maximize the economic potential of its unique cultural heritage and re-brand itself as the value arts and entertainment capitol of America. Louisville receives back approx. 65 cents back on every tax dollar sent to Frankfort (probably the worst rate in the country) and even if the NBA was willing to move a team to Louisville (the economic fundamentals are not in Louisville’s favor) its presence would do little to alleviate this situation. KY is facing hurricane strength economic headwinds and the resources needed for Louisville to compete will not magically appear. Tyler is right in the need to address the disruptive, outdated and unmarketable infrastructure on our city’s central business district riverfront but that will require resources. Tyler often points toward future improvements in mass transit, but again KY funds public transit 48th in the country with $1.3 million going to Louisville. A true downtown casino (taxed at approx 36% and including pro-sports wagering) surrounded by a mall,is not a panacea for ail that ails this city, but it is a prerequisite to building a vibrant and diverse regional economy.

  2. Louisville’s future is taking advantage of the lack of a major pro-sports franchise by extending pro-sports wagering to competitors on 2 legs. This city must maximize the economic potential of its unique cultural heritage and re-brand itself as the value arts and entertainment capitol of America. Louisville receives back approx. 65 cents back on every tax dollar sent to Frankfort (probably the worst rate in the country) and even if the NBA was willing to move a team to Louisville (the economic fundamentals are not in Louisville’s favor) its presence would do little to alleviate this situation. KY is facing hurricane strength economic headwinds and the resources needed for Louisville to compete will not magically appear. Tyler is right in the need to address the disruptive, outdated and unmarketable infrastructure on our city’s central business district riverfront but that will require resources. Tyler often points toward future improvements in mass transit, but again KY funds public transit 48th in the country with $1.3 million going to Louisville. A true downtown casino (taxed at approx 36% and including pro-sports wagering) surrounded by a mall,is not a panacea for ail that ails this city, but it is a prerequisite to building a vibrant and diverse regional economy.

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