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OPINION - The Bradley Center

by Chris Conley

NEWS BLOG (WSAU)  I have an unusual broadcasting opportunity tomorrow. I’ll be doing play-by-play for a basketball game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the home of the Bucks. They’ve invited several high school teams to play their games before Saturday night’s NBA game against the Pacers. The DC Everest-Rhinelander game is one of those games. My broadcast will be heard on Fox Sports AM-1300 FM-93.9 at 3pm. (For those of you who don’t know, my moonlighting job is the radio voice of the D.C. Everest Evergreens when I’m not doing news on WSAU.)

I’ve never been inside the Bradley Center before, and I want to get a good look at the place. The Bucks have been clamoring for a new arena. They’d like the taxpayers to cover all or some of the construction costs. Public interest in this project seems soft. Of course the omnipresent threat is that the Bucks could move somewhere else.

I’m skeptical that this is an “arena” problem. I suspect I’ll fund a modern, more-than-adequate sports palace during tomorrow’s broadcast. This isn’t an arena problem, it’s the team and the place. The recent history of the Bucks has been ugly. And Milwaukee is never going to be a hot market for NBA athletes.

I’ll share some of my observations about the BMO Harris Bradley Center in my next blog.

Chris Conley