From The Courier-Journal:
Louisville Metro Council members have been funding a behind-the-scenes push to lure a National Basketball Association team to the city, spending $60,000 to contract with attorney J. Bruce Miller to approach teams and potential investors.
Council members are considering spending an additional $22,000 toward the effort, taking the money from their own discretionary to funds to pay for it.
The original $60,000 — a last-minute addition by council member Dan Johnson to the current Metro Government budget — was labeled as a “national sports marketing” plan for Freedom Hall, with the money going to the Kentucky State Fair Board.
For years, Councilman Johnson, D-21, has been a vocal supporter for bringing an NBA team to the city, but the C-J points out that his less than transparent funding has given the public zero explanation about how the grant will go about attracting a franchise.
Other than paying Miller to talking briefly with NBA commissioner David Stern, think about the prospect and Google team information, there’s not much to show for the expenditure and Johnson refuses to discuss the grant.