Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
From my friend, the always provocative Bob Dohnal of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest:
Guest blog: New Bucks Arena
Questions?? Should Wisconsin help fund a new Arena, in Milwaukee, for the Bucks to play? This money would come from general funds and set a precedent for every city and county in state to ask for funds for their new projects. Prior to this, the Green Bay stadium and the Milwaukee stadium were financed regionally instead of by the whole state.
Next, the real number that we are talking about is over $225 million, not just $10.7 million, over the next 25 years. This is a lot of money for some Granny in Crandon or a plumber in Bloomer to pay.
Our Conservative network throughout the state has pretty much said NO to this project. Basketball does not have the same fan base that we have for the Brewers and the Packers.
The Bucks have been a disaster, poorly run for years. The Bradley Center is half empty, most of the time, and they practically give away tickets to get people to come. Their ticket prices are way above what the general public can afford. The economic impact of them moving would be negligible. Proponents point to all of this new development in Milwaukee that will result from the new Arena. If that is so, then they should have more than enough money to pick up the whole bill themselves. At present, the development around the present Bradley center is negligible and maybe that is the fault of the inept management of the city by Barrett and co. Buildings sit empty right across the street. Restaurants in area have regularly gone belly up.
Many good studies have shown that the proposed economic impact studied are mostly baloney. Biggest problem with getting state money is that the new owners are not from Wisconsin, treat us like dumb, redneck, beer and brat drinkers, and they are doing us a big favor by staying here.
The supposed contract is set up so that if there is not a new stadium, they can give the team back to the NBA and walk with millions.Would they do that when the future with TV, which is the biggest new income over the years, will make the team worth much more. Picture Steve Ballmer of the future paying 200 billion dollars or more, but that is still not the question. This is their big toy, something that takes them from the regular run of billionaires, money people and makes them celebrities.
Belling outlined how the price for ads on TV during live games had become so valuable cause people watch games in present time and do not wait till later, then fast forward through commercials.
Years back a bunch of us had a semipro football team in West Allis. It was great fun for a few years but then new state laws regarding workmens comp made it impossible to own, so we closed it up. That is not going to happen to the Bucks.
There are enormous amounts of money to be had and the fact, that they can get some dumb taxpayers to pony up money to build a new palace, is even better. The question is whether the state should do it or just Milwaukee, who will reap the whirlwind.
Most of the people say NO.
Counties around Milwaukee have already said NO and many of the local legislators are saying NO!!!.
Who will vote for this? Will the dems forget their big whining, about the 1%, the billionaires that should be taxed more, their cries of "Tax the Rich"? I do not think so. Few if any dems voted for the Lambeau Field or Miller Park, why would they change?
Will the GOP then pick up the package and take the grief that they got last time, remember George Petak and Drzweicki?
It is not something that the governor is likely to go out front, like Tommy did.
Our family backed Lambeau and Miller but for different reasons. Wisconsin is baseball and football, not that much basketball and most of us like the college game. To me the pros are boring. They just run or trot back and forth and almost score at will. They do not really hustle till the playoffs. Milwaukee has been burned quite quickly in those.
What happens if the state turns it down and the local money from people like Marcus fails to show up at the game? Will they take off? Will they grab the few million and vamoose. I do not think so but maybe others think differently.
What if they decide to get old and sell ten years from now and the team is sold for 3 billion or so. Who reimburses Wisconsin? If they would put some sort of profit-sharing into the sale or if profits go above a certain amount yearly, that would be different.
There are parts of this project that might work but a blanket gift of 225 million to billionaires from New York ,who are not fans of the Packers, Brewer, Brats, Beer and drink from bubblers, are a hard sell.
Maybe they can bring in Obama to beg like he did when he went to the Olympics.. Bud brought in Henry Aaron, maybe these guys can have a "Brat Burn" on the Capitol lawn and invite everyone to meet them. Their PR has been tragic.
My Dad always said never to trust anyone from Chicago east and he was right. Let's keep our hands on our wallets and make the best deal for the taxpayers and go from there.
If I were a legislative leader, I would not want to lead this battle cause people really got upset about Miller Park and this is ten times as bad.
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Needs to read this.