Rod Stewart? Seriously?: Top acts under age 70 the KFC Yum! Center should book instead Monday, Mar 3 2014 

I smell a conspiracy. University of Louisville officials touted the new Nucleus building at Floyd and Markets streets as a cutting-edge research building for life-sciences companies. Instead, it now has two – count ‘em, two! – nursing home companies as the main … Continue reading

Monday Business Briefing: Louisville Arena Authority cuts meetings to bi-monthly Monday, Feb 24 2014 

Welcome to the Feb. 24 Monday Business Briefing. This is your private business intelligence briefing with Insider Louisville staff and contributors vetting tips collected during the past few days, hours and minutes before we post. A reminder: Attorneys from Stoll … Continue reading

Monday Business Briefing: After Beam, is Brown-Forman the next spirits firm to be acquired? Monday, Jan 20 2014 

Welcome to the Jan. 20 Monday Business Briefing. This is your private business intelligence briefing with Insider Louisville staff and contributors vetting tips collected during the past few days, hours and minutes before we post at 7 a.m. And we … Continue reading

IL fact checks Jim Host’s ‘KFC Yum! Center finances are fixed’ claims Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 

Yesterday, we had a post in which Jim Host, the original chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority and the man who essentially made KFC Yum! Center happen, pronounced the KFC Yum! Center finances healed. In 2005, Host was appointed by … Continue reading

After bond downgrades, KFC Yum! Center finances remain opaque Monday, Jan 13 2014 

Two weeks after Standard & Poor’s downgraded KFC Yum! Center debt – again –  officials at the Kentucky Economic Development and Finance Administration, or KEDFA, are scrambling to deal with arena finances. On Dec. 27, Standard and Poor’s, the Wall … Continue reading

Monday Business Briefing: So, what the heck is REALLY going on with KFC Yum! Center finances? Monday, Jan 13 2014 

Welcome to the Jan. 13 Monday Business Briefing. This is your private business intelligence briefing with Insider Louisville staff and contributors vetting tips collected during the past few days, hours and minutes before we post at 7 a.m. A reminder: … Continue reading

Monday Business Briefing: Our 2014 Emergency To-Do list for Mayor Fischer Monday, Dec 30 2013 

Welcome to the Dec. 30 Monday Business Briefing. This is your final private business intelligence briefing of 2013, courtesy of Insider Louisville staff and contributors. The Insiders Meetup at Vincenzo’s is on Christmas/New Year’s hiatus until Monday, Jan. 6. But, … Continue reading

Move over Greece, Pt. 3: S & P downgrades KFC Yum! Center bonds to ‘junk’ Friday, Dec 27 2013 

This one is gonna’ hurt. For the second time in one month, an international debt rating agency has downgraded the $340 million in KFC Yum! Center bonds to “junk” status, indicating an increasing chance of default compared to more stable … Continue reading

State Rep. Jim Wayne: General Assembly might have to give KFC Yum! Center additional funding Tuesday, Dec 24 2013 

(Editor’s note: This posted was updated at 4 p.m. on December 24 with comment from State Sen. Chris Daniel.) For three years, Louisville Arena Authority officials have portrayed the KFC Yum! Center as a financial success. And for those same … Continue reading

Is KFC Yum! Center facing another tough financial year for 2014? Monday, Dec 9 2013 

There’s a comforting rhythm to Louisville Arena Authority meetings. LAA Chairman Larry Hayes and other board members celebrate the absolutely phenomenal job they are doing, along with AEG Facilities, the Los Angeles-based management company. Then they celebrate what Hayes has … Continue reading

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