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07:32 AM ET 01.23 | With values of at least a billion dollars, the Knicks, Lakers and Bulls lead the pack when it comes to the NBA's most valuable teams -- but there are, of course, the have-nots, including a No. 30 on the board. #30 Milwaukee Bucks ... Current value: $405 million ... Revenue: $109 million ... Operating profit: $11 million ... The 26-year-old BMO Harris Bradley Center is one of the NBA's oldest arenas and owner Herb Kohl wants it replaced. The venue recently got $3 million in upgrades to luxury suites and theater boxes, but it is not enough to keep up with the newer venues around the NBA. The team's current lease at the Bradley Center runs until 2017 and shares only a limited portion of suite, merchandise and concession revenues with the Bucks.

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January 23, 2014  07:33 AM ET

Let me guess. Kohl wants public money.

January 23, 2014  08:39 AM ET

if the guy had ANY brain in his head he'd stop whining and leave town
that franchise is dead

- no offense meant to buck fans- its not your fault
players just don't want to go there

January 23, 2014  08:46 AM ET

I got a feeling this franchise will be moved to Seattle sooner then expected. There's no reason to play there especially when you don't have a new arena.

January 23, 2014  08:49 AM ET

Crying All The Way To The Bank, Bros?

January 23, 2014  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

if the guy had ANY brain in his head he'd stop whining and leave townthat franchise is dead- no offense meant to buck fans- its not your faultplayers just don't want to go there

its about the product you put on the court

January 23, 2014  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Let me guess. Kohl wants public money.

Of course.

The Bradley Center isn't exactly in a nice neighborhood nor is it easily accessible to anyone who lives outside of downtown Milwaukee. To me, it makes a ton of sense to jettison the Bradley Center and build a new 20,000 seat arena capable of housing the Bucks and hopefully an NHL franchise along I-94 west of 894. The western Milwaukee metro area (Brookfield to Oconomowoc) is where the majority of people who have enough disposable income to purchase sporting event tickets live and it's much closer and more accessible to people travelling from Madison.

That said, the Waukesha County council has already denied approval for an arena tax. The problem with the Bucks is... most of Wisconsin doesn't give a crap about them. Threatening to move them if taxpayers don't kick in cash will not work like it has for other franchises. There must be some significant sweeteners and kickbacks to get any public funding.

January 23, 2014  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

its about the product you put on the court

of course-
but when you are at such a disadvantage with not being able to bring in top FAs...
it makes it very hard to put a proper team out there.
the only way they could be good is if they hit a home run in the draft
ala- duncan/KD

January 23, 2014  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Of course.The Bradley Center isn't exactly in a nice neighborhood nor is it easily accessible to anyone who lives outside of downtown Milwaukee. To me, it makes a ton of sense to jettison the Bradley Center and build a new 20,000 seat arena capable of housing the Bucks and hopefully an NHL franchise along I-94 west of 894. The western Milwaukee metro area (Brookfield to Oconomowoc) is where the majority of people who have enough disposable income to purchase sporting event tickets live and it's much closer and more accessible to people travelling from Madison.That said, the Waukesha County council has already denied approval for an arena tax. The problem with the Bucks is... most of Wisconsin doesn't give a crap about them. Threatening to move them if taxpayers don't kick in cash will not work like it has for other franchises. There must be some significant sweeteners and kickbacks to get any public funding.

good info-
thanks

January 23, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

if the guy had ANY brain in his head he'd stop whining and leave townthat franchise is dead- no offense meant to buck fans- its not your faultplayers just don't want to go there

Kohl has deep-rooted ties to Milwaukee; there's a microscopic chance the team moves out of town as long as he's the owner. However, the inevitability of ownership change is quickly approaching. Kohl is 78 and, as this article states, the organization's profits margins are narrowing with each passing day.

January 23, 2014  09:19 AM ET

Nobody is fearing the dear this year!

January 23, 2014  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

of course-but when you are at such a disadvantage with not being able to bring in top FAs...it makes it very hard to put a proper team out there.the only way they could be good is if they hit a home run in the draftala- duncan/KD

check this video out

January 23, 2014  09:19 AM ET

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0GifaElSxA

January 23, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

of course-but when you are at such a disadvantage with not being able to bring in top FAs...it makes it very hard to put a proper team out there.the only way they could be good is if they hit a home run in the draftala- duncan/KD

Yes management has to hit out the park. They have had a few good picks but no franchise players. Bogut was very good until he was getting hurt. That "Greek Freak" kid was a good pick they just need that one go to player and it most likely will come in the draft. The CBA will help them get a player in FA watch. There a couple teams that can't make many more moves and will eventually have to let talent go.

January 23, 2014  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0GifaElSxA

that is some funny truth right there....

I'd love to see the transcript of that rant

January 23, 2014  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The CBA will help them get a player in FA watch.

lol...
ok I will watch for that/

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January 23, 2014  10:05 AM ET
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Mayo was there big get.So.....yeah...lolI am stunned that Embiid has surpassed Parker in the draft.But, almost every GM out there is saying they want him...ESPECIALLY the Bucks, Cavs and Lakers.* looks at 3 teams named.....one of these things is not like the other *

haven't these teams learned that taking a minimally talented offensive big at the top of the draft is insane ?

January 23, 2014  10:12 AM ET

And this is why the Knicks suck. They haven't won a title in 40+ years, yet they still remain the most valuable franchise. Jim Dolan is an idiot and can afford to be. No matter how many boneheaded decisions he makes HE CAN'T not make money. NYC is the victim of it's own greatness when it comes to the Knicks. Everyone loves NY and Jm Dolan is the beneficiary of it. Oh the HUMANITY!

 
January 23, 2014  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

of course-but when you are at such a disadvantage with not being able to bring in top FAs...it makes it very hard to put a proper team out there.the only way they could be good is if they hit a home run in the draftala- duncan/KD

Yeah pretty much

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