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Arena Week – Now Is The Time!

July 5, 2015. 1:17 pm.

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Let’s begin this piece with some all caps shouting to emphasize the importance of the moment:

WE ARE LESS THAN ONE WEEK FROM POTENTIALLY HAVING A NEW ARENA APPROVED

THE ARENA COULD GET BOGGED DOWN IN “POLITICS AS USUAL” UNLESS YOU CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS STARTING TODAY – MONDAY MORNING JULY 6th

THE JOINT FINANCE COMMITTEE (“JFC”) WILL HOLD THEIR IMPORTANT HEARING ON THE ARENA BILL TODAY – ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH AT 11:00AM

IF THE MATTER MAKES IT OUT OF THE JFC COMMITTEE, THE FULL WISCONSIN STATE SENATE AND WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY COULD VOTE TO APPROVE THE BILL LATER THIS WEEK

We have all talked the arena issue to death for the past six months. We have now reached the critical point where the arena funding bill will be debated in Madison and voted on this week.

Even if you have already called your representatives, you will need to CALL THEM AGAIN starting TODAY, Monday morning, July 6th at 8:00am when their offices open. Below is an FAQ we would like you all to read on how to contact your representative and a timeline of the legislative process we hope results in passage of the bill this week. Continue Reading »

Why this website?

November 2014 Editors Note: As SaveOurBucks.com approaches its one-year anniversary, please view certain elements of this website as archival ones. Something that reflects the state of the franchise as it was situated back on November 18, 2013 when the site was launched. Obviously great things have happened for Bucks fans since last April and we hope it culminates with a new arena in the next few years. 

For those of you interested in keeping up with our current articles on the team and new arena discussion, you can access those by clicking on the “Recent Articles” tab at the top of the site. We’ve got real-time commentary on a number of topics. You can also keep up with publication of new articles by either following us on Twitter at @SaveOurBucks or our Facebook page SaveOurBucks. For those that want to explore that former state of the franchise – read on!

We love the Milwaukee Bucks. They have been an important part of the sports and entertainment scene in Wisconsin for over 40 years. However there are pressures on the team for additional revenue sources that will necessitate the construction of a new arena in the coming years to help secure the future of the franchise in Milwaukee. In his recent visit to Milwaukee, incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver noted that the league will not allow the Bucks to remain in the Bradley Center past 2017.  Senator Kohl and the Milwaukee community must step up to find a solution to this issue.

However, the solution of a new arena will be a tough sell for the politicians and business community until such point as the Bucks become relevant once again to the local sports scene.  Unfortunately over the past decade the product on the court has been uninspiring and the result has been public apathy as to the future of the team.  As the 2013 season kicked off, once again thousands of empty seats dotted the Bradley Center.  Opening night for the Bucks used to be a major event and sellouts or near sellouts were commonplace.  This year?  After the Bucks announced that the new playing court would not be ready for the home opener the team ran a promotion whereby anyone who purchased an upper deck ticket to the season opener were also granted free tickets to every subsequent Bucks home game until the new floor can be reinstalled later this month.  As with the Brewers in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the team can’t give away the product.

Milwaukee Bucks Bradley Center empty

In order for the Bucks to regain their footing with the fans and the community they need to drastically improve the product on the court. As we have seen with the Packers in 1992 and the Brewers in 2004 moribund franchises can be turned around quickly. The Bucks can be a successful small market franchise both on the court and financially.

With this website, we address the following critical topics relating to the Bucks :

We encourage you to read each link above in chronological order.  However, if you only have a few minutes, please at least read the Executive Summary.

We also encourage you to stop back to this website from time to time.  We plan on having a regular feature where we will offer updates and commentary on developments surrounding the team and the discussion of a new arena.