Posted September 19, 2013

Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver says Bradley Center unfit for league

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Milwaukee's Bradley Center opened in 1988 and seats just over 18,000 for basketball. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Milwaukee’s Bradley Center opened in 1988 and seats just over 18,000 for basketball. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said the Milwaukee Bucks’ home arena, the Bradley Center, is not a suitable NBA venue and that he supports the team’s management in its efforts to get a new arena built.

The BMO Harris Bradley Center opened in 1988 and seats 18,600 for basketball.

“One obvious issue we all have to deal with is we need a new arena in Milwaukee,” Silver said, via the Milwaukee Business Journal, speaking of the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Silver will take over as NBA commissioner on Feb. 1, following the retirement of David Stern, who has been in charge of the league for the past 30 years.

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Silver toured the Bradley Center and said it was too small and still falls short on amenities, even though the arena received $3 million in upgrades last season. They included suite upgrades, a new hospitality bar and new theater-style seating sections.

“At the end of the day compared to other modern arenas in the league, this arena is a few hundred thousand square feet too small,” Silver said. “It doesn’t have the sort of back-of-house space you need, doesn’t have the kinds of amenities we need. It doesn’t have the right sort of upper bowl/lower bowl (seating) configuration for the teams frankly that Milwaukee wants to compete against.”


29 comments
Chalie
Chalie

Here's what irritates me about this. I'm not a Bucks fan but this is perfect opportunity for a new commissioner to help the city of Milwaukee and place expansion teams back in Seattle and Kansas City. This would give the NBA 32 teams, they could establish eight divisions of 4 teams and tighten things up geographically:

LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Sacramento and Golden State (Pacific)
Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Utah (Mountain-Northwest)
Denver, Kansas City, Minnesota, OKC (Midwest)
San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans (South)

Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando (Southeast)
Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee (North)
Washington, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Memphis (East)
Brooklyn, New York, Boston, Toronto (Northeast)

However it looks like we have another David Stern on our hands...oh boy.

DeafMohawkWolf
DeafMohawkWolf

AS a lifelong Sonics fan who went through not one but two heartbreaks in the last 10 years, BUCKS fans need to say the BUCK stops here  and so does every other teams' fans when it comes to extortion.   Why are we funding new stadiums?  Stern was such a liar when He said the Key arena was perfect in the 90's but 10 years later needs to be replaced and that a new stadium needs to be built to land a new team.  i say forget it.  No more giving up our hard earned tax dollars to these playboys with money who can build 10 of these stadiums and not feel a hit on their wallet!

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Bucks are irrelevant anyways, just like all Wisconsin sports teams.

ItsThatBriGuy
ItsThatBriGuy

Headline suckered me in. I thought I was gonna read about a center from Bradley the league was blackballing. Bad, bad headline writers.

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

This was a center GIVEN to the city by Bradley' daughter after she sold Dad's company(it cost $65 million).   No other city could be as lucky

RayHuggyBearYoung
RayHuggyBearYoung

Whoa, 3 million put into the center just recently?  No, they have to keep this and stay there.  Go rob some other city.  And I dont live there or care about this team.

bhairving
bhairving

Let the NBA pay for these arenas.  The FACT is that the biggest welfare recipients in the United States are the professional sports players in the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL because these leagues blackmail cities into subsidizing stadiums and arenas for the teams.  Soon you will be able to add the MLS to that list.  If these leagues or teams had to pay their own money to build these arenas and stadiums, there would be a small fraction of the money left to pay the salaries of the players.

In effect, the salaries of these professional sports players are being subsidized by taxpayers!  Taxpayers should wake up and refuse to build these arenas.  In fact, there should be a federal law that is passed that makes in a criminal act for governments to subsidize these arenas.

CarlLPotterr
CarlLPotterr

Here we go. New commish, same old bullsht. Builds us a new stadium or get threatened with Chris Hansen coming in to steal your team.

SamuelB
SamuelB

Another NBA big wig wanting a handout from the tax payers -- again.

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

What a joke, aren't there bigger issues for Silver to deal with?  Sounds just like something a David Stern Minion would say

mike63
mike63

Welcome to Seattle. Home to Tilly's coffee.

WisconsinSteve
WisconsinSteve

Good Bye Bucks. The NBA is not a good product to start with and with stars now teaming up to choose where they will play, the Bucks will never be able to compete for a championship. The Bradley Center is a fine facility to enjoy great college basketball from Marquette

M20
M20

If this is such a big priority for the NBA, they should pay for it themselves.

supsonics
supsonics

Welcome to our world...I'm sorry you're being held hostage as a city. You deserve better than this.

Ebullient
Ebullient

Amenities. Always the amenities.

GT500456
GT500456

SO over professional sports teams holding their home city hostage for a new arena, all for the benefit of a spoiled billionaire.

When will taxpayers wise up and tell these morons to fund it themselves?

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

What a crock.  Just another rich team owner claiming they need taxpayers to build the house making the owners money...

Azeron
Azeron

@M20 No.  If it's NOT a priority for Milwaukee then I am certain that Seattle will be happy to take your franchise off of your hands.

Azeron
Azeron

@GT500456 Yes, because that works.  I seem to remember Seattle trying that.  Where is their franchise again?

Bustinbeats
Bustinbeats

@Azeron @M20  Nah, hardcore Seattle sports fans are DONE with the NBA and it's B.S. , for the most part.  There are a few eager young lads (like Chris Hansen) that missed the Sonics debacle and think they want to play ball with Stern , but the general public will never vote for a dime of tax money to fund a new arena....you can bank on that !! 

Bustinbeats
Bustinbeats

@Azeron @GT500456   Seattle did the smart thing, instead of caving in to Stern's extortion . NBA basketball is a joke now, anyway.....from crooked refs throwing games because they bet on them, to prima donna players that make millions playing a kid's game, but still whine and cry like spoiled babies.  

When I read a story like this, it only makes me more convinced that Seattle did the smart thing, and got out early !!

Bustinbeats
Bustinbeats

@Azeron @supsonics Very few people in Seattle want anything to do with the NBA , after the Sonics debacle , in spite of the noise that Chris Hansen manages to make. Stern and his little flunky Silver will have to be content with bullying the Bucks and their fans around, I guess. 

supsonics
supsonics

@Bustinbeats @Azeron @supsonics Tru that! With other leagues knocking on our door to get into the Seattle market...ala the NHL....recently MLS with the Sounders....the NBA really screwed themselves. Now we are the boogey man for all cities that don't have a brand new arena...the LA (NFL) of the NBA.