An interested party has emerged in the Bucks future ownership plans. It just so happens that he's on the current roster. Ask Bucks fans what they think of the team's current ownership, and most of them would say that they would prefer that current owner and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl--who turns 79 in February--give up his position after being the principal owner since 1985. Many feel Kohl has run his course and is just too encumbered by too outdated of a basketball philosophy to move the franchise forward (read: you know, tank stuff). If Kohl is to give up his stake in the team, a rather significant obstacle must first be met. For starters, an individual or ownership group must step forward as an interested suitor. Then, in order for Kohl to feel comfortable selling the team to them, this person or group must have a strong desire to keep the team in Milwaukee. Seems easy enough, right? Well, no. The team is already facing a 2017 deadline for a new arena from Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, and it's difficult to see any new ownership group committing to Milwaukee without an arena deal in the pipeline. And, like I said, nobody has really stepped up with an interest in taking over. That is, until today, when current Bucks small forward Caron Butler expressed a desire to become an investor in his hometown team when his career is over. Butler, a native of Racine, has been looking for ways to expand his business enterprises (he owns several Burger King franchises) as his career winds down. A transition into managing or owning a basketball franchise is clearly way more complex than fast food, but Butler has been preparing himself for quite some time, even going as far as to taking part in a NBA leadership program this past summer that included NBA GMs and owners.
Caron Butler expresses interest in potentially buying Bucks from owner Herb Kohl
Brew Hoop | Dec 6