Thursday, June 4, 2015
I'm In Favor of the New Arena
My reasons are personal more than fiscal, which might make me a liberal or progressive. I'm old enough to remember when the Milwaukee Braves left for Atlanta. At the time I was a huge baseball fan, in fact you might have called me a fanatic.
There was a void during the non baseball years. Now maybe the void was in my mind, but I Iistened as people talked and you could hear it in their conversations. It left an impression on me. This void was not immediately filled by the 1970 Milwaukee Brewers. It took time for the city to embrace the new team and forget the pain of losing the Braves.
I think the same will happen if the Bucks leave. Think about this years NBA draft. We have UW standouts Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Hamilton High School and UCLA phenom Kevin Looney and J.P. Tokoto from Menomonee Falls High School and North Carolina. It's possible that two or three of these young stars could end up being a Milwaukee Buck and probable that all four will get to play in the new arena. That adds an added level of passion to something that often get nominal interest if any from people.
I'd imagine that the excitement level of area hoops players would drop quite a bit if there were no Milwaukee Bucks. Now the question arises should we invest $150 million to feed this dream scenario?
There are many needs in the state and Milwaukee and these funds could help. The problem with that line of thinking is that the money won't be in the cookie jar if it weren't used to keep the Bucks.
If the "it's cheaper to keep her" is true, this is a good investment.