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Officials Trying To Lure USA Basketball To Louisville

Officials from USA Basketball will visit Louisville this week to hear the city's pitch to become the organization's new home.USA Basketball is the governing body of men's and women's basketball in this country. It oversees the National Basketball Association and the N-C-A-A, among others, and fields teams for international competitions.Louisville Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host has been helping the city's sports commission put together its presentation. He says it will be delivered Wednesday."If we were successful, that would be as big a signature for this community and for this state as you can imagine, to have the center of U.S. basketball, and then obviously FIBA, the Federation of International Basketball, focused here," Host said.Louisville is one of four cities under consideration to be the home of USA Basketball. The others are Indianapolis, Glendale, Arizona and the organization's current home, Colorado Springs. A decision is expected by this summer.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.

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