As you may have heard in the media, there are rumors that the Milwaukee Bucks could be the next National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise to relocate to another city. Though a small market team, the Bucks are a valuable community asset. The Bradley Center, the home arena of the Bucks, employs approximately 1,200 people.
There is a lot that the Bucks offer the City of Milwaukee. The team contributes greatly to the local economy, bringing business to Milwaukee area restaurants, bars, and hotels. The Milwaukee Bucks average approximately 15,000 fans per home game, bringing tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.
Established in 1968, the Bucks have a long-standing tradition in our community. The Bucks won the NBA Championship in 1971, Conference Titles in 1971 and 1974, and won their division 13 times. The Bucks are currently the ninth winningest franchise in NBA history.
The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund, founded by former Bucks player Jon McGlocklin, whose #14 is retired in the rafters at the Bradley Center, helps raise money to fight childhood cancer. Milwaukee Bucks players and their mascot, Bango, get out in our community to help feed the homeless, meet with children in schools, and visit the ill in nearby hospitals.
There is more than just a sports franchise here. We have something special, and we want the Bucks to remain in Milwaukee for decades to come.
The Bradley Center opened in 1988 and is currently the fourth oldest arena that serves as the home for an NBA team. The Bradley Center was originally built as a gift from Jane Bradley Petit to the citizens of Milwaukee, and no taxpayer money was used to build the arena. The arena cost $90 million in 1988.
At some point in the near future, the City of Milwaukee and perhaps Milwaukee County, will need to address the future of the arena or we stand to lose the Bucks to another city that is willing to build a new arena.
When you sign the petition, you are showing your support to this cause. It is vital for those concerned to contact Mayor Tom Barrett, Governor Scott Walker, Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson, County Executive Chris Abele, and the City of Milwaukee Common Council to let them know that it's our desire to keep the Bucks here in Milwaukee.
Let's Keep Our Bucks! Thank you!