Duke Possible Opening Foe In Louisville Arena

The observer likes the sound of that, Louisville vs. Duke on the marquee at the opening game of U of L’s new 22,000-seat downtown arena.

Two of college basketball’s premier programs.

Center stage. Prime time.

Best basketball facility in the nation.

Rick Pitino let the news slip during his weekly radio show, indicating that it could be the first of a three-game series with Duke. A second game possibly at Madison Square Garden, and the third on Duke’s home court in Durham.

Think maybe Jim Host, chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, might be playing a key role in this transaction? He’s a former University of Kentucky basketball and baseball player, former UK play-by-play announcer, and owner of a sports communications empire.

How ironic is Host’s involvement anyway? He’s involved in everything involving the arena.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

25 thoughts on “Duke Possible Opening Foe In Louisville Arena

  • January 15, 2010 at 5:11 am
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    This would be a nice development. Thanks for the update Charlie, and I had not heard this, for I do not listen to the radio, especially any kind of AM sports talk radio.

    Vanetti and I are friends, but he and I can look at same thing, and get two totally different perceptions out of it.

    Just for me, it seems I do better in scouting, not being influenced by the opinionated propaganda of the media.

    For example, I won a 16-team fantasy league this season, by NOT listening to ESPN’s player projections, and playing who I thought personally would do the best.

    I am WAY off subject now and I need some coffee at 5 AM to stay focused, but thanks for the CRP report, and this is great news about Duke.

  • January 15, 2010 at 6:48 am
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    It is possible then that ESPN Gameday would choose to cover the opening of the new arena, since they love all things Duke in basketball.

    A series with Duke? I’d like to see football included in the mix also. They bought their way out of a previous attempt. It would be better than putting an Indiana State or Central Arkansas on the schedule and the drive is only eight hours from Louisville, close enough for a road trip/tailgating venture once every two years.

  • January 15, 2010 at 8:56 am
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    Great scoop Charlie- Classic Game to christen the new arena- agree on the football match up too- I am really ready to see some good football again from the Cards!

  • January 15, 2010 at 9:07 am
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    “Two of college basketball’s premier programs.”

    Louisville a premier basketball program? That is a stretch.

      • January 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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        Yes, actually I do follow basketball quite a bit. Please tell me, Charlie…what on earth makes you think that Louisville is a premier team?

        • January 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm
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          Actually said premier program, Jon. Down a bit right now after finishing No. 1 in the regular season last year. But a No. 1 recruiting class in the works.

          • January 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm
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            Number 1 recruiting class when? 2011? To be honest, Louisville may wind up with a Top 5 recruiting class but right now Kentucky looks like they will likely have the No. 1 class that year. Unless we (Duke) can somehow steal Quincy Miller away from them.

  • January 15, 2010 at 9:36 am
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    You know what a big stretch is: believing John Calipari follows the NCAA rules. Now that is BIG stretch.

    UofL is a top 7 program, easily. I can’t help that you don’t want it to be. The fact remains that it is.

  • January 15, 2010 at 9:51 am
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    This was actually featured on a dream match up on CBS’s CSI. They had Louisville winning. just a bit of trivia 🙂

  • January 15, 2010 at 10:35 am
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    Louisville will get thumped in their first game in their new arena! Why do it?

  • January 15, 2010 at 10:51 am
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    It’s nice to know censorship is alive and well on this blog. If a comment doesn’t have vulgarity or profanity, why are you afraid to leave it up in it’s entirety? Any credible blog would welcome opposing views, but apparently only if it doesn’t make the author look ridiculous. Am I correct?

    I’ll be shocked if this comment remains in its entirety… or even at all.

    • January 15, 2010 at 10:54 am
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      Judicious editing will always be alive and well here, Mr. Hoof. We welcome opposing views but we’re not going to put up with much foolishness.

  • January 15, 2010 at 10:56 am
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    You should add “Only foolishness that the author approves”.

    • January 15, 2010 at 10:59 am
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      Use your real name and your views will be published in full. But hiding behind a pseudonym to push trash is unacceptable here.

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:41 am
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    What a great game to open the new arena, the program that one of our rivals salivates about in terms of respect but is unable to buy it at whatever price.

  • January 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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    What’s with all the UK envy? Man, it is really manifesting itself over some U of L news. Really some problems with UK fans when their team has a 17-0 record and they want to diminish what other programs are doing. They really want everybody else to bow down to them and tell them how great they are. That will never happen.

  • January 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm
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    Charlie when you say no. 1 recruiting class in the works you must mean rick is putting all his marbles on the line for 2011. I hope your aware of the 2010 class haha

  • January 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm
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    The first game at the new arena should be a big name. Duke would be great. Or UNC or UCLA or Kansas. Actually, its kind of a shame it has to be OOC, or Syracuse would be great.

    It’s going to be awesome, whoever it is. I listened to Pitino’s news conference earlier and he did say they were just in talks about it, and its not a done deal.

    And Charlie, delete whatever the heck you want. It’s your freakin blog.

    • January 16, 2010 at 7:55 am
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      LOL. Love it Linda! You go, girl!

  • January 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm
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    I’m sorry all you haters don’t want to admit Louisville is a premier program but being a top seven program historically pretty much makes you premier. Get over yourselves Kittie fans i mean just cause you all are relevant for the first time in years doesn’t give you the right to hate on us. Go Cards

  • January 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm
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    i mean why do kittie fans come 2 louisville blogs and web sites 4 anyway and spout off their garbage.just curious.

  • January 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm
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    i hope it is duke if not i would also like 2 see the ucla series renewed.

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm
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    All opinions are welcome here as long as they are respectful and not hater oriented.

    Be assured, this isn’t the place to push a Big Blue agenda or bash UofL. Plenty of UK sites out there to spread that propaganda.

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm
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    well said paul.like one of the previous posters said they (kitties)expect everybody to bow down to them but its not goin to happen at least not most card fans.whats your take on tomorrows game?can we do it?go cards

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