Why Do Some Lexington Professional Teams Succeed, While Others Don't?

Lexington has seen several sports teams come and go over the years.
First the Thoroughblades, then the Men o' War, both hockey teams.
And now, officials with the Horsemen indoor football team have decided to fold.
So what does it take to be a successful professional sports franchise in Lexington?
Ron Borkowski has been involved with the Thoroughblades, the Horsemen, and now the Lexington Legends. He says the length of the season has a lot to do with why some teams don't succeed.
For example, he says a short season, like one the Horsemen typically had, puts them at a disadvantage when trying to get the community involved.
That, in turn, keeps kids from getting involved in the team, and creating a passion for the sport.
The Lexington Legends baseball team, on the other hand, has proven to be a success.
Legends officials say one of the reasons is because they own their own venue. The Horsemen, for example, played in Rupp Arena, a venue shared by the University of Kentucky and other organizations.
By the way, one of this week's sporting magazines ranks Lexington 103 in the top 242 sports markets in the country.

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  • by kenneth dale cook Location: lexington on May 15, 2009 at 03:08 AM
    i like to see a nba team come here. i thank lexington is big and it weed be a good for lexington
  • by Suzanne Location: Nicholasville on Aug 27, 2007 at 10:07 PM
    The Horsemen franchise was a great addition to Lexington, and they were a REAL professional team. The problem lies in Rupp Arena's unwillingness to work with local franchises, they have proven to be nothing short of money-grubbing. Notice all the failed teams played there? They make it hard for the people to even afford to go to games, charging $8 a car to park for an event, that is outrageous! And even with that money coming in, they have the gall to charge the event holders for the salary of the parking attendant! I think if this city wants to get and keep a team, they need to grab the City Council by the ear and make them realize that Rupp's management is to blame.
  • by Shane Location: Lexington on Aug 23, 2007 at 06:30 PM
    Get us a real professional team and maybe it could succeed. Hockey? only in Canada is that popular anymore. Arena football? Has that ever been popular? The Legends make it because it's a minor league team for Major League Baseball. I bet if Lex had a "minor league" football team (real football that is), it would probably do ok. Or like Pikeville, have a "minor league" NBA team. But the pinnacle would be to lure a true professional sports franchise to Lexington, but that will cost money because Rupp Arena is a dump now and not suitable for that kind of use. I'd really love to see an NBA team here. I mean, Cincinnati has NFL and MLB, but how close is the nearest NBA team? Indianapolis? Lexington would do well with a professional team that people could get behind, not these wanna-be's


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