La Crosse is no longer an option for a Milwaukee Bucks D-League team, with the Bucks now focusing their efforts elsewhere in Wisconsin.
The bidding for the forthcoming Bucks D-League team had been competitive, with five Wisconsin cities–including La Crosse–entering the mix. Among the things that La Crosse could offer included a history of supporting professional basketball squads, plus an existing venue in the form of the La Crosse Center. In fact, officials had touted potential upgrades to the La Crosse Center as an appeal to the Bucks, but it was unable to sway the team.
One motivation for the decision appears to have been the desire to have the team closer to Milwaukee. More from the La Crosse Tribune:
“The history that we have here, proven history, with pro basketball and the renovations that are coming our way (to the La Crosse Center), I thought we would get a little further into the discussion,” Fahey said.
“One of the things that was very important to them was the distance from Milwaukee. That came up right away in the discussions.”
La Crosse is 210 miles from Milwaukee, while the other finalists for the Bucks’ D-League team — Racine (24), Sheboygan (59), Oshkosh (88) and Appleton (108) — are closer. None of those cities, however, currently has an arena that compares to the La Crosse Center, Fahey said.
As was noted here in June, a new arena could be on the table for the Bucks. Grand Chute (Appleton/Fox Cities) had reportedly reached out to the Bucks with location suggestions for a potential venue.
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