Since not much is going on in the NBA labor front, I thought I'd pose a few hypothetical questions about the future of the MIlwaukee Bucks. It may be a topic that simply doesn't interest you or one that you'd like to avoid for as long as possible, and that's perfectly fine I was just curious what people thought on the topic.
It's quite obvious that Milwaukee faces an uphill battle in keeping the Bucks here long term. David Stern has set the precedent that cities need to build new state-of-the-art arenas, or they risk relocation. The Bradley Center is outdated and lacks the space or modernity to generate substantial revenue. It's been rumored that Herb Kohl loses millions of dollars each NBA season. Most owners aren't as loyal as Kohl, and when he inevitably passes on the franchise to someone else it could trigger a rapid progression of events that assures the Bucks' departure.
I recently watched the documentary Sonicsgate and if you haven't watched it yet I highly recommend it. It's free and you can watch it in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9Dp20ydm1E . It made me think about whether Milwaukee would put any sort of resistance against relocation. Throughout the documentary it shows clips of rallies, legal challenges, and booming chants of "Save Our Sonics" during games. Unfortunately, I can't see many people in Wisconsin rallying around the Bucks. The interest and enthusiasm in the Bucks is largely lacking and miles behind that of the Packers and Brewers. When you read stories from the Journal Sentinel, about half the comments are "no one cares about the Bucks" or "I hope they leave and we get a hockey team instead". I can attest to witnessing this sentiment as I go to Madison and with about 40,000 students on campus, I feel like only a handful of them pay any attention to the Bucks at all (I realize this is a large generalization, but I stand by it nonetheless)-I've seen maybe 2 Bucks related apparel all year.
So, do you think there'd be much resistance if the Bucks were en route to relocation? Are there going to be any owners willing to keep the Bucks in Milwaukee even if it's not overly profitable? Will Milwaukee ever get a publicly financed arena? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.