HoopsHype Herb Kohl rumors

April 5, 2014 Updates

It is assumed that any potential investor or new owner would want a new arena. Milwaukee business leaders serving on a Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce task force studying how best to finance a new arena are still gathering information and have not made any recommendations. Last week, the Journal Sentinel reported that the task force had essentially concluded that retrofitting the BMO Harris Bradley Center was not feasible. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 20, 2014 Updates

Herb Kohl’s efforts to attract new investors for the Milwaukee Bucks are progressing well with “a considerable amount of interest” from prospective buyers both locally and nationally, but a deal is not expected soon, according to a source who is knowledgeable in the professional sports industry. “There’s a considerable amount of interest and you just don’t know whether things will wrap up quickly or not,” the source told me Wednesday. Business News

March 19, 2014 Updates

With the worst record in the National Basketball Association and an aging arena, you might think there would be little interest in investing in the Milwaukee Bucks. You would be wrong. Three months after former U.S. senator Herb Kohl said he was seeking additional partners to help keep the team in Milwaukee, there has been robust interest from around the country. That's the word from a source familiar with NBA transactions. "It's a pretty robust process," the source said. "There's a lot of interest in the NBA and this is the only team on the market. There is a considerable amount of interest. "it's safe to say that anybody with the means and interest in the NBA has inquired. A lot of phone calls from around the country," the source said. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

March 18, 2014 Updates

Herb Kohl has repeatedly told me over the years he has absolutely no intention of selling the Milwaukee Bucks to anyone who wants to move it. He appears to be a man of his word. In the last week I’ve talked to some individuals who have been monitoring the Bucks’ impending sale and they claim Kohl has already rejected overtures from two groups interested in buying the Bucks and relocating them to another city. Keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee has always been paramount with Kohl, going back to 1985 when he purchased the franchise from Jim Fitzgerald. If Kohl, a lifelong NBA fan who frequently attended old Milwaukee Hawks games back in the ’50s, hadn’t decided to buy the Bucks then, they would have more than likely been sold and moved as Fitzgerald had other parties willing to pay even more than Kohl’s purchase price of $19 million. Racine Journal-Times

There was a perception then Kohl would remain the Bucks majority owner and the sale process could take up to a year. Now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I’m hearing Kohl will likely give up total control of the franchise, although it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities the new ownership group would smartly retain him in some capacity, perhaps as the team’s “ambassador.” The people I spoke with contend the sale will probably occur sooner than later. In fact, I’ve been told a deal could be consummated by late April or early June. The Bucks, who have the worst record in the NBA and are already out of the playoff mix, will play their last game of the season April 16 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Racine Journal-Times

March 3, 2014 Updates

Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he would be interested in returning in some capacity to the Milwaukee Bucks, the franchise that drafted him first overall in 1969. Bucks owner Herb Kohl said in December he was looking to add to the ownership group in hopes of building a new arena and cementing the team's long-term future in Milwaukee. Abdul-Jabbar said before the Bucks' game Monday against Utah that no one had approached him, though he would "definitely offer" his services if he got a call. Later, he told the crowd he hoped "everything works out so that the Bucks stay here." Abdul-Jabbar was in town to promote a new tourism ad for the state of Wisconsin that played off his acting role in the movie "Airplane." Boston Herald

March 2, 2014 Updates

Former Bucks star Junior Bridgeman was in Milwaukee on Saturday to be honored by the franchise on his bobblehead night. But there was another reason for all the media interest in his appearance. Bridgeman was identified in a Journal Sentinel story last week as a potential investor in the franchise as owner Herb Kohl searches for additional ownership partners. Bridgeman said he was not able to discuss his interest because of his involvement with a group that has a partial stake in the Sacramento Kings. “Because I’m involved with another franchise, they have some rules against those things,” Bridgeman said. “So I can’t even touch it without having my tongue cut out.” But Bridgeman, who played for the Bucks from 1975 through 1987 and has gone on to a successful career in the fast-food business, did say he is sizing up the situation. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 25, 2014 Updates

Junior Bridgeman, a former NBA star with the Milwaukee Bucks who forged a highly successful career in the fast-food industry, has emerged as a potential investor in the Milwaukee Bucks. A source with knowledge of Herb Kohl's efforts to bring in new investors to the Milwaukee Bucks as a way of keeping the team in Milwaukee, said Bridgeman, one of the wealthiest African-Americans in the country, has been approached about investing in the team, and he expressed interest. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

February 20, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: As ESPN reported this AM, Bobcats trying to push through Sessions-for-Gary Neal deal. But Bucks owner Herb Kohl has not yet approved trade Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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All of them, that is, except Caron Butler. While the Bucks veteran small forward from Racine was stoked after scoring 30 points in the Bucks’ 104-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Caron Butler Bobblehead Night, he made a pit stop to talk to Bucks owner Herb Kohl. “I had a moment with Sen. Kohl after the game because I really wanted to talk to him and express to him how excited I am to be here,” Butler said later. “I want to be here in Milwaukee and I want to be part of the process. This is home to me. I want to help these guys develop.” Racine Journal-Times

January 21, 2014 Updates

In regard to the potential sale of the Bucks, I have been told there likely will be four serious suitors who’ll be more than happy to do business with long-time Bucks owner Herb Kohl. One is said to be a consortium of five or six individuals who are from Wisconsin or have Wisconsin ties. Because of the delicate nature of the situation, none of the individuals I spoke with would publicly acknowledge their interest in the Bucks. Additionally, a source contends there is an individual from the Chicago area who has made it perfectly clear to Kohl that he’ll buy the franchise whenever the latter desires to sell. This offer, I’ve been told, has been on the table for several years. Racine Journal-Times

Kohl has said he will contribute a “significant” amount to the construction of a new entertainment facility that would not only be home to the Bucks, but also would host other sporting events, concerts and conventions. There is zero doubt in my mind Kohl will keep his word. One person I talked to said Kohl is so obsessed about a new arena being a major piece of his legacy to Milwaukee and Wisconsin that he could make a contribution in excess of $100M toward the project. Asked the odds of a new arena being built, one source replied “70 percent.” Another source close to the Bucks’ situation said “80 percent.” Racine Journal-Times

January 20, 2014 Updates

In recent weeks Bucks management has gotten signals from owner Herb Kohl that he's ready to get on board with the direction the team is heading. Old-school owners like Kohl are never going to endorse tanking, but at this point in the season there's very little the Bucks can do to turn it around anyway. ESPN.com

December 30, 2013 Updates

With the Kings safely in Sacramento for years to come after the sale of the team and a pledge for a new downtown arena, the Bucks are the only team in the NBA that has any question about its future. The Bucks' lease at Bradley Center, where they've played since 1988, runs out in 2017, and that makes them the one team that is vulnerable, potentially, to a move. Kohl wants to head that off. NBA.com

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