The Louisville Metro Council has not yet voted on Insight Communications’s franchise agreement. But Dan Klepal at the Courier-Journal has an interesting story on Insight’s recent offer of luxury suite tickets to Friday’s basketball game in the KFC Yum Center.

Here are a few quotes:

“Whenever I do, that’s my business,” [Councilman Dan] Johnson said, adding that he doesn’t believe the tickets and suite access represent a conflict of interest. “Do you really think we’re going to vote against the Insight contract? I don’t think that’s even a question.”


Council President Tom Owen, a Democrat, was not offered tickets and told his colleagues in an e-mail that accepting them would be “unwise” because it would be “impossible to avoid the public perception of inappropriate influence.”


“Given the circumstances we’re dealing with … I don’t think it would be wise,” said Democrat David Tandy. “I’ll just watch it on TV.”

Democrat Barbara Shanklin declined, she said, because of the pending vote on the franchise agreement.


“Insight routinely entertains business, civic and political leaders,” [Insight spokesperson and former Council Member Ellen] Call said. “There’s really nothing unusual about this — it’s the ordinary course of business.”