Incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview, “Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there but we’re not planning on expanding right now, so it’s not a function of price.”
That sent the local twitter world abuzz. It was as if Silver said that he wasn’t going to allow the Milwaukee Bucks to move at all. What Silver said was that the league was not going to EXPAND. It’s what Silver didn’t say that should have the Bucks fans concerned. He NEVER said that he wouldn’t consider relocating a team to the Emerald City.
As I see it, the way Bucks fans keep their team in Wisconsin is by passing a partnership tax with the Senator.
Let me explain; The Senator kicks in a few hundred million, the city and/or the surrounding area kicks in the other half in tax dollars, the new arena gets built, the franchise becomes stable and more valuable and ultimately become more appealing to a perspective buyer therefore the team is sold and fans get new ownership who then puts money into the team to produce a winner.
No perspective owner wants to come in to town in the midst of an arena fight, it’s simply easier to take the team elsewhere, like Seattle, to a city that’s desperate and willing to pay almost anything to get your franchise.
As for those who say that tax payer dollars are a waste for a new arena, I’m sure glad the voters approved Miller Park, the Lambeau Field renovation as well as the renovation to Camp Randall.
And by the way, for those naysayers, if you gave a damn as much about every day tax spending as much as you do about sports spending, we would have a much more people friendly, efficient, correctly run government. Think about that the next time the news is on and the state senate is arguing over a spending bill that normally would bore you.