For many of you, this is your first time reading this website. And that’s a good thing, because it means the Milwaukee Bucks have now re-established their prominence in the NBA, and won over thousands of new fans in the State of Wisconsin.
Ten years ago, I started this site with the help of Australian based Bucks fan, Paul Cousins. It was done out of love for the team, a team that had unfortunately become irrelevant in most circles. After launch of this site in November of 2013, things took off. That’s when Paul Henning joined the team, to be the public spokesman (most of you know him on twitter as @BrewCityPaul). Together, with many of you, we brought needed awareness to the state of the team. Looking back, it has been a wonderful past decade. Everything with the team is in great health, and hopefully on track for another championship run this spring.
That said, today’s news that Marc Lasry is selling his ownership stake to Jimmy Haslam, is creating a great deal of angst for the Bucks social media community. In Star Wars terms, it has brought a disturbance to the Force.
What is written below is only the opinion of one person, namely mine. That said, my hope is that all Bucks fans and stakeholders in the State of Wisconsin will reflect on it, in an effort to sort out the short and long-term future of the team. There will be agreement and disagreement on this piece, similar to the debate over the trade of a popular player. That said, in the spirit of the original Save Our Bucks, the goal is to provide a framework for public dialogue.
As with all SOB writings, this is a long-form piece. Stay until the end, where the critical topic of franchise relocation will be addressed. It will be up to our local media to help sort all of this out.
Why this website?
May 2017 Editors Note: 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 as the team was subsequently sold to new owners, a new arena approved and the rise of Giannis as the Bucks first true superstar in decades.
For those of you interested in keeping up with our occasional new articles 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. And for those fans of other struggling teams, know that with social media you can get out a message of change.
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.
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 :
- How bad have the Bucks been recently?
- The problem isn’t the small market
- Why are we in this mess?
- How can the Bucks regain the prominence they had in the 1980’s?
- The Importance of a Top 5 pick
- Why is a top five pick in the 2014 draft essential to the Bucks Future in Milwaukee?
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.