Part 2: Get a 'Mark Attanasio'
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio "sweats every pitch" at games, according to Red Sox owner Tom Werner. Photo: Image by AP
MILWAUKEE - Bucks Owner Herb Kohl finds himself stuck in a hard, but hopefully temporary catch-22. He cannot find an owner who is willing to invest money in the team, but permanently keep the team in Milwaukee.
He almost got there with Michael Jordan, but the former Bulls superstar wouldn't give his promise to keep the Bucks in the Brew City.
Kohl wouldn't pull the trigger.
But he would if a Mark Attanasio-type owner came calling.
In 2005, Attanasio came in on his investment banking-built white horse and, with a number of business partners, bought the team for about $225 million.
He saw the value of a new building and matched the pockets of taxpayers who gave him a playground with deep pockets to put top talent on that playground.
Before Attanasio, the Brewers had not made a playoff appearance in 23 seasons.
Now, the Brewers consistently find themselves in the hunt for the playoffs (much harder to achieve in baseball than the NBA) with two playoff appearances in four years.
The Bucks need such a locally-committed money spender who will invest in winning.