Louisville Ky basketball fans dealt harsh blow today by U of L Friday, Feb 5 2016 

Louisville, Ky., – The University of Louisville Men’s basketball team will not play in the post-season, announced today by university president Dr. James Ramsey.

The university has been conducting an investigation into alleged NCAA violations by members of the team amid an alleged sex scandal brought to light by Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules”.

Without naming specific details, Ramsey told a press conference this afternoon “based upon the information gathered….I have determined that it was reasonable to conclude violations have occurred in the mens basketball program in the past.”

With that, the university has self-imposed a post-season ban for the team.


Photo by Bill Brymer

“I recognize this is a significant penalty for our program and disappointment for our student athletes and many in our University of Louisville family,” Ramsey said.

Athletic director Tom Jurich said they found out yesterday of the violations.

“We will own our problems … All of this is very disappointing,” Jurich said. “It’s a sad day for all of us.  We want to do what’s right by the university and by the NCAA. [It’s] going to be very painful but we will move forward, too.”

Pitino told the press conference that “painful” is one of the “best understatements I could make.”

He said the team was favored to go far in the tournament. He called on the fans to lift up the team and continue to support the cards.

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Louisville Ky’s Damion Lee a Finalist for 2016 Julius Erving Award Wednesday, Feb 3 2016 

Cardinals’ guard/forward is among 10 watch list finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – University of Louisville guard/forward Damion Lee is among ten watch list finalists for the 2016 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  Named after Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA All-Star Julius Erving, the annual honor in its second year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just ten.
Lee posted his seventh 20-point game of the season against North Carolina last Saturday with 24 points, five rebounds and 4-of-7 shooting on three-pointers.  The 6-6 Lee who hails from Baltimore leads the Cardinals in scoring and is ninth in the ACC, averaging 17.0 points and 1.5 steals (sixth in the ACC) while connecting on 47.4 percent of his shots from the field.  He passed the 1,900 mark for career scoring against North Carolina. Lee is playing his final collegiate season at UofL after transferring from Drexel, where he was the nation’s No. 4 scorer last year (21.4 ppg).
Photo by Bill Brymer

Photo by Bill Brymer

“As a small forward, Julius Erving excelled at both the collegiate and professional level for nearly thirty years,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  ”Dr. J is one of the most gifted athletes to ever play the game of basketball and it only seems right that this award would bear his name.”
Julius Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, making him one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. After two seasons, Erving made the jump to the American Basketball Association and was the league’s most recognizable player when it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. During his professional career, Erving won three championships, four most valuable player awards and three scoring titles. In 1996, Erving was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1993 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee for the 2016 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. 
The winner of the 2016 Julius Erving Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 8, 2016. Broadcast information will be released at a later date.  Last season, Stanley Johnson of Arizona was named the inaugural winner of the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. For more information on the 2016 Julius Erving Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.
2016 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Finalists 
Roosevelt Jones, Butler
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Wayne Selden, Jr., Kansas
Damion Lee, Louisville
Ben Simmons, Louisiana State
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s
Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin
Trevon Blulett, Xavier
About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.
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… or call 1-877-4-HOOPLA

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LouisvilleKY’s “Art of the Derby” from John Mattos Released Saturday, Jan 30 2016 



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Leading American graphic artist John Mattos, whose Art Deco works have created indelible retro-style images for American films, major sports events and celebrations of iconic individuals, architecture, products and celebrations, has turned his focus to one of the nation’s most important sports and social celebrations to create the officially-licensed artwork for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s 2016 “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series.

The images created by Mattos for the 142nd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, America’s greatest Thoroughbred race and one of the world’s foremost entertainment events held annually on the first Saturday in May, and the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks, the Derby Eve “Ladies First” celebration surrounding the nation’s top race for 3-year-old fillies, will adorn officially-licensed prints, posters and other merchandise, and also is featured on tickets for seating at both celebrations and souvenir racing programs for those events.

Prints, posters and other officially-licensed Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 142 merchandise will be available for online purchase at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com on Monday, Feb. 1. The “Art of the Kentucky Derby” merchandise will be available for purchase in retail outlets shortly afterward.

The 2016 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs, while the Kentucky Oaks will be run one day earlier on Friday, May 6.

While his “Art of the Kentucky Derby” creations are retro-inspired, Mattos’ artwork for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks combine timeless appearance with modern appeal. The Kentucky Derby image features a pair of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and riders locked in a classic duel as they approach the Churchill Downs finish line against a colorful backdrop of cheering fans and the track’s iconic Twin Spires. The artwork for the Kentucky Oaks focuses on the event’s “Ladies First” theme. It is centered on a woman, binoculars in hand, pictured against a backdrop of horses in the homestretch of the race. Her attire for the special day is arrayed with Stargazer Lilies, the official Oaks flower, and topped by a traditional Kentucky Oaks hat embellished with a collection of the distinctive pink lilies.

“The opportunity to create imagery for the 2016 Kentucky Derby, an American sporting icon, is truly thrilling,” Mattos said.  “My hope is that I have captured the riveting moment when one powerful thoroughbred is seconds away from winning America’s greatest horse race at Churchill Downs.”

Based in San Francisco, Calif., Mattos’ work is influenced by several pre-World War II poster artists. One of Mattos’ most notable images reflecting that style is the artwork commissioned by the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) in 2007 for a stamp that commemorated legendary Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Seabiscuit, an American sports hero of the 1930s.

His work in horse racing also includes the official artwork for the 2013 and 2014 renewals of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.

Mattos has created distinctive works for high-profile projects in the United States and abroad that include recent USPS “Forever” stamps that feature depictions of two 1932 Ford “Deuce” roadster hot rods. In 2015, Mattos completed a year-long installation in The Beaumont Hotel London, which is located in Mayfair and has become of London’s most popular new hotels. The Beaumont’s Colony Room restaurant prominently features Mattos’ work.

Work by Mattos in film includes the distinctive and familiar images included in promotional materials for the 1991 science fiction film “The Rocketeer.”

Mattos has earned more than 100 awards for graphic excellence that include a Gold Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators, a Gold from the New York Art Director’s Club and a Silver Medal from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

Other artists and illustrators of national and world renown whose work has been part of the the “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series include legendary singer Tony Bennett (2001); Gary Kelley (2002); Laura Smith (2003); Francis Livingston (2004); Bart Forbes (2005); Dennis Ziemienski (2006 Kentucky Derby);Erica Nordean (2006 Kentucky Oaks); Misha Lenn (2007); Trish Biddle (2008); Jeff Williams (2009);Linda Le Kinff (2010); Lesley Humphrey (2011); Robert Joyner (2012). Derek Gores (2013), Susan Easton Burns (2014) and Kimberly Santini (2015). Other past “official” Kentucky Derby artists includeLeroy NeimanPeter MaxBoguslaw Lustyk and Peter Williams.

ARTWORK - 2016 Kentucky Oaks

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New Derby Experiences offered for Louisville Ky visitors this May Tuesday, Jan 26 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Racetrack and QuintEvents today announced a new multi-year partnership agreement and the addition of eight new official Derby Experiences packages in premium locations for the 142nd running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks® and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands® on May 6-7 in Louisville, KY.  The new Derby Experiences packages are available at www.DerbyExperiences.com or by calling (888) 384-7088.

The new multi-year agreement extends the Churchill Downs Racetrack and QuintEvents partnership and makes new Derby Experiences packages available in the newly renovated Finish Line Suites Balcony, Stakes Room, Turf Club and Courtyard.

Churchill Downs

The demand for the Derby Experiences program has increased each year since it began in 2007.  While it has always offered tiered customized packages that include tickets, travel, hotel accommodations, VIP hospitality options and a variety of other amenities, the premium products have only constituted a small percentage of the offerings and are historically sold out long before the event takes place.

“The renovations were an important part of continuing to grow the Derby Experiences program and offer additional premium experiences at Churchill Downs,” said Sarah Contardo, Vice President of Ticketing Strategy for Churchill Downs Racetrack.  “We’re excited about the new renovations and how they will enhance Derby weekend for our fans.”

The program meets the high demand among businesses for private settings that facilitate networking, exclusive seating with hospitality and prime viewing.  The new packages offer businesses a broader and more elegant selection of locations to entertain top clients and employees.

“Historically, these premium venues sell out long before the event, removing the opportunity for VIP guests and corporate groups looking for a premium experience to indulge in these coveted areas,” said QuintEvents’ C.E.O. Brian Learst.  “These new packages will help meet that demand, and we will monitor the need for increased capacity.”

Renderings and layouts for these new seating areas, from the fifth floor to the first floor, are now available onwww.DerbyExperiences.com.

The stunning Finish Line Suites Balcony boasts the best view of Churchill Downs and the racetrack.  The fifth-floor covered terrace offers unobstructed views of the amazing photo finish and views of the Paddock area, where guests can watch the horses, jockeys and trainers prepare for the races.

Stakes Room Balcony

The fourth-floor seating and hospitality in the Stakes Room and Stakes Room Balcony pays homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and offers guests another rare vantage point that stretches from the Paddock to the racetrack.

The new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor is a spectacular open space that features gourmet food stations, premium open bar and wagering stations.  Stakes Room guests will also have access to the Stakes Room Balcony with views that span the entire length of the room and overlook the finish line.  The Balcony also offers a dedicated premium open bar, gourmet food stations, access to the Stakes Room wagering stations and much more.

Turf Club Front Row

The third floor Turf Club, which is famous for celebrity guests, offers four new seating options.  They include two indoor seating options in the new Roses Lounge, and banquette seating in the front of the Turf Club and outdoor seats on the Turf Club Balcony and Roses Terrace.

The newly designed Roses Terrace overlooks the finish line and boasts one of the few outdoor seating options in the Turf Club area.  The Roses Lounge, an indoor hospitality area in the Turf Club with banquette seating, is located behind the Roses Terrace.  Both areas provide views of the finish-line and access to a premium open bar and private wagering stations.

Adjacent to the Roses Lounge is new indoor seating in Row B of the Turf Club, where celebrities and dignitaries are drawn to the more intimate and private setting with simulcast TVs and bay windows for optimal race viewing.

The final new area in the Turf Club is the outdoor Balcony, which features new booth and table seating beneath a canopy and offers coveted views of the Paddock, and the famed ‘Riders Up’.

The new seating in the Turf Club’s Row B, the Roses Lounge and the Balcony include all Turf Club amenities familiar to the Derby Experiences’ Turf Club package, including a gourmet plated meal, premium open bar and access to private wagering stations on both Oaks and Derby days.

For closer heart-pounding action, the first floor Courtyard is as close as it gets.  Guests will be able to view the Champion racehorses as they parade to the track from the Paddock and on their return following the triumphant victory presentation in the Winner’s Circle just feet away.  Home to horse owners and trainers, this all-inclusive area will also offer a premium open bar, gourmet food buffets and private wagering stations.

In addition to premium seating and hospitality, all Derby Experiences packages can be customized to include accommodations in downtown or suburban areas, transportation to and from the racetrack and access to the most exclusive tours and parties.

Exclusive to the Derby Experiences program is the annual Fillies & Lilies Party, entering its third year and now a staple during Derby Week.  From the exclusive Bourbon Lounge to the gourmet hors d’oeuvres, premium open bars and headliners that have ranged from Wynonna Judd to Sara Evans, Derby and Country-music fans clamor for tickets to this Derby-eve party, accessible to Derby Experience clients and the general public.  This year, Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill, will headline the entertainment, proving once again the star-power draw that this party is known for. The 2016 Fillies & Lilies charitable recipient is the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds.

With the 2016 additions, Derby Experiences now offers over 30 different types of packages, at different price levels and access, some already inclusive of the Fillies & Lilies party, to service a wide range of clients’ desires.  For more information on the Derby Experiences program, and a full listing of packages, visitwww.DerbyExperiences.com or call (888) 384-7088.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016.  The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. Information is available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.

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Louisville City FC announces preseason schedule Monday, Jan 25 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky— Coming off their historic inaugural season, Louisville City FC  has announced it’s 2016 preseason fixtures, which will feature local colleges and a NASL opponent. LouCity will face Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before visiting University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. Louisville City will face Indy Eleven at a neutral site in a rematch of last year’s third round U.S. Open Cup fixture.

After wrapping-up a two week training session at the world-class IMG Academy, Louisville City will return to prepare for a Mario Sanchez-led SIUE. LouCity will host SIUE at the Louisville City FC Training Ground on March 5. The match will be closed to the public, but fans will be able to follow the match live on social media.


Louisville FC soccer

The next two matches will see LouCity take on the University of Louisville on March 10 before traveling to the University of Kentucky on March 16. Kickoff times for both matches are yet to be announced, so fans are encouraged to follow Louisville City on social for details and ticket information.

The Club will complete preseason play on March 19, at a neutral site, to face the NASL’s Indy Eleven. The two clubs met in the preseason last year and in the U.S. Open Cup — with Louisville City winning both times.

Louisville City FC will begin regular season play the following week. The complete 2016 USL schedule is set to release this week.

Fans can stay up to date with all of Louisville City’s breaking news, roster updates and ticketing information by following the Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Season tickets are available for Louisville City’s historic second season via the Club’s official website.

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Louisville Ky to honor basketball legends at UofL game Monday, Jan 18 2016 

Special Events Set For Upcoming University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Honoring two past national championship teams on their anniversaries and two “color” events are among upcoming special events at the University of Louisville men’s basketball final seven home games of the season in the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cardinals will close the month of January with its annual “White Out” game when the Cardinals face No. 13 Virginia in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 30.  Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game televised by CBS.  Louisville has won six of its previous nine games with “White Out” promotions, including beating 13th-ranked North Carolina 78-68 in overtime in last year’s event.  UofL has knocked off four ranked opponents when the arena was a bright white.  UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for seven of the “White Out” games.
Robbie Valentine

Robbie Valentine, 1986 NCAA Championship Team

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1956 National Invitation Tournament championship and that team will be honored at halftime of Louisville’s Feb. 6 game against Boston College.  The 1956 NIT Champions, which UofL Coach Peck Hickman had directed to a No. 6 national ranking entering the tournament, beat third-ranked Dayton 93-80 in the title game to cap a 26-3 season.  UofL All-America forward Charlie Tyra was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 1956 NIT, scoring 29 points against St. Joseph’s in the national semifinal.
On the 30th anniversary of their achievement, UofL’s 1986 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Cardinals’ Feb. 20 game against Duke.  Guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum, that 32-7 Louisville team featured all five starters that scored over 1,000 career points, including four in the top 11 all-time at UofL:  Pervis Ellison (2,143 career points), Milt Wagner (1,836), Herbert Crook (1,723), Billy Thompson (1,685) and Jeff Hall (1,294).  Louisville defeated Duke 72-69 in the 1986 title game and Ellison became the second freshman in NCAA history to be named the Most Outstanding Player after producing 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Blue Devils.
The annual “Wear Red for the Seniors” game is set for March 1 when the Cardinals face Georgia Tech in the final home game of the season.  Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear red attire for that Senior Day event.  Louisville has won 13 of its last 14 Senior Day games, including last year’s 59-57 victory over No. 2 Virginia as Mangok Mathiang’s jump shot with 2.7 seconds remaining provided the winning margin.
The Cardinal Authentic store, with locations near Gate 2 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and at the front of the KFC Yum! Center, will have a special shirt for sale for the color events.

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Bats manager, pitching coach to stay in Louisville KY Thursday, Jan 7 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Bats manager Delino DeShields and pitching coach Ted Power will return to the team’s field staff for the 2016 season. They will be joined by new hitting coach Jody Davis and new trainer Steve Gober.

DeShields, 46, will skipper the Bats for his second season following the promotion of former Bats manager Jim Riggleman to the Reds’ staff. Louisville finished third in the International League West at 64-80 in 2015 in DeShields’ first campaign. The 2016 season will be his eighth overall in the Cincinnati Reds’ organization and seventh as a manager. DeShields has also managed at Double-A Pensacola (2013-2014), Class A Dayton (2011-2012) and Rookie Billings (2010). He began his tenure with the Reds as Billings’ hitting coach in 2009.
DeShields was the 12th overall draft pick by the Montreal Expos in the 1987 June draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Del. He made his Major League debut in 1990 and went on to play in 1,615 games with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs through 2002, mostly at second base. He finished his big league career with a .268 batting average and his 463 career stolen bases currently rank him 50th all-time.
Power, 60, returns for his 11th season as Bats pitching coach. Louisville pitchers have recorded a 3.97 ERA and have authored 96 shutouts during Power’s tenure with the Bats. He enjoyed a 13-year Major League career spending time with eight organizations, including six seasons with the Reds. Power was previously the pitching coach at Dayton (2002) and Billings (2000-2001).
Davis, 59, enters his first season in the Reds organization after spending two seasons as a hitting coach in the San Diego Padres’ system at Triple-A El Paso (2014-2015) and Class A Lake Elisnore (2014). He replaces Tony Jaramillo, who served as Louisville’s hitting coach from 2013-2015 and was promoted to assistant hitting coach with the Reds for 2016. Davis previously spent time in the Chicago Cubs’ system as manager at Class A Boise (2010), Class A Daytona (2007-2008) and Class A Peoria (2006). He was the Cubs’ minor league catching coordinator in 2009. Davis enjoyed a 10-year Major League career with the Cubs (1981-1988), where he was an All-Star in 1984 and 1986, and the Atlanta Braves (1988-1990). In 1986, he won a Rawlings Gold Glove and threw out a modern-day record 89 attempted base stealers. He recorded a .245 career average with 127 home runs and 490 RBI.
Gober enters his first season in the Reds organization after working with the Washington Nationals since 2002, including the three most recent seasons as assistant athletic trainer on the big league staff. He replaces Jimmy Mattocks, who served as Louisville’s trainer from 2011-2015 and was promoted to assistant athletic trainer with the Reds for 2016. Gober played golf and baseball at Shenandoah University and earned a degree in kinesiology/sports medicine in 1998.
The Bats’ new strength and conditioning coach is still to be determined. Cody Clark served in the role in 2015.
The Bats will open their 2016 schedule with a seven-game road trip beginning April 7 before the home opener on Thursday, April 14 vs. Toledo at 7:05 p.m.
The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.


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Louisville KY is getting closer to having its own soccer stadium Thursday, Jan 7 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The City of Louisville and Mayor Greg Fischer took a major step toward achieving Louisville City FC’s highest ambitions in American soccer on Wednesday, announcing a study on the feasibility of constructing a new soccer-specific stadium. The $75,000 study is being conducted by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International – a leading advisory and planning firm based in Minneapolis, Minn. – will provide insight into the physical, operational and financial characteristics for building a new stadium in Louisville.

With Major League Soccer expected to expand to as many as 28 teams, a move toward a soccer-specific stadium in Louisville sends a clear message.

“The step that the Mayor’s office and the City of Louisville have taken is significant in the process to bring a soccer-specific stadium to Louisville,” said Louisville City FC president Amanda Duffy. “By engaging Conventions, Sports & Leisure International to deliver a recommended direction for a stadium location as well as a path for project funding illustrates the decisive action that we’re all taking to achieve the ambition of bringing the highest level of professional sports to Kentucky and Southern Indiana.”


The study will examine four potential areas – including downtown Louisville – to see which area provides the greatest opportunity for a soccer-specific stadium that could also host a variety of events such as international soccer matches, concerts, festivals and other community gatherings.

“Professional soccer is off to a great start in Louisville, and a new soccer stadium could have many positive impacts on our economy,” said Fischer. “This new investment in soccer will contribute to our authentic and vibrant community and give citizens one central team to rally around.”

If approved by the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau board at its next commission meeting, an additional study that looks at the feasibility of building an amateur and youth sports complex will be commissioned by the CVB. The complex could house sports such as soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball.

“The remarkable success of the Louisville City FC shows that our community supports and craves professional soccer” said president and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc., Kent Oyler. “From the business perspective, having multiple high-energy spectator sports like LouCity FC helps with talent attraction and retention.”

The timeline of the study and project details are yet to be determined. Louisville Forward, the city’s office of economic development, is actively collaborating with CSL on study parameters.

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Keep track of all Louisville City’s breaking news, roster updates and ticketing information by following the Club on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Season tickets are available for Louisville City’s historic second season via the Club’s official website.

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2015 LouisvilleKY Highlights with Photos from Bill Brymer Monday, Jan 4 2016 

One of the best things that happened for LouisvilleKY.com and the Rusty Satellite Show in 2015 was the start of a partnership with local photographer Bill Brymer. We had quite an adventure, visiting with important people all over town.

Bill does great work – as you can see – and does freelance work for many local clients, including Actors Threatre and General Electric. Fortunately for us, he does some great work for us. Here’s to many more great pics in 2016

Brymer at work

Brymer at work

Toasting a Bourbon Brother and Whiskey Chick Cheers to Stage One The Colonel's friend Future Mayor? Art Sanctuary Jokes with Skip Harned is hilarious Movie Star Family The Rick Card Move Lee's Intensity Insider Scoop Chocolate Dream Getting Life Coached Talking Bourbon/Food

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LouisvilleKY’s The WEEK Celebrates Christmas and Candy and Cards and Cats Friday, Dec 25 2015 

Dear Santa — please send me those Springsteen tickets and wins for the Cards in Lexington tomorrow and in Nashville against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl.

2015’s Winners. It’s been a great year for me, LouisvilleKY.com and for a lot of Rusty Satellite Show guests, who I’ll be mentioning in bold from here on. First off, this is the first Christmas I won’t be seeing my son Nick Redding, who is pursuing his passion in theatre school in Italy. Today he told me he’d gotten great grades in subjects that include “aesthetics” “Italian” and “Movement.” He said he missed his family, but didn’t wish he was here. He said, instead, he wished we were there.

122315-rusty-cellar-door-1I Love This Story: Listen in to this week’s show for a wonderful business success story from Erika Chavez-Graziano of Cellar Door Chocolates. She’s in a friendly business competition with her neighbor at Butchertown Marketplace, Matt Jamie of Bourbon Barrel Foods.

2015-12-23 08.42.28Getting my Hops Back:  I went to see Dr. George Quill this week, who used the word “beautiful” to describe how my ankle is healing after surgery. I’m in a walking cast until Jan. 27.

RS129PhilMoffettCan We All Just Get Along?: While Gov. Matt Bevin this week announced his plans to roll back progressive ideas like restoring voting rights for ex-felons, stopping an increase in the minimum wage and accepting same-sex marriage, I am open to engaging in reasoned discussion with Republicans like Phil Moffett, as you’ll hear in the Rusty show this week. But I’m drawing the line at Donald Trump. Nick told me a Trump presidency would truly motivate him to stay in Italy.

Happy for Holly: Our friend Holly Weyler McKnight, a Rusty guest prior to her star turn doing PR for Forecastle, announced on Facebook this week she is the new Director of Public Relations + Events for @21chotels.

Tired of Your Family? “I like it when they come, but I love it when they go!” Share Paul Thorn‘s song about family with them.

And Virtual Coolness with Vanishing Point: Have you been following Ben Sollee? The musician, who moved to Louisville this year, just released a Virtual Reality app that provides with a multi-sensory experience while listening to his music. I hear it’s best enjoyed with a Google cardboard headset.

IMG_3648Cyndy on Golf, Perfume: The new Louisville Uncovered podcast, with Cyndy Tandy, features Rusty favorite John Ashton, host of a nationally-syndicated golf radio show – Those Weekend Golf Guys. She’s also talking with Ruth Weurth, a local perfume store owner.

Best Brohm News: After disdaining all interviews with Top 5 schools, WKU coach Jeff Brohm said he’ll be back to “the Hill” next year, giving up a pile of money he could surely earn with a new school. The ‘Toppers best South Florida in Miami on Monday, 45-35. Read this great piece in Sports Illustrated.

On Next Week’s Rusty Satellite — we’ll have a review of the 100 Most Interesting People in the ‘Ville in 2015. Be sure to tune in.

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