Milwaukee Bucks President Herb Kohl, (the man who the Kohl Center, home of the Wisconsin Badgers college basketball and hockey teams, is named after) is entering his 27th season of ownership of the NBA franchise.
Today Kohl reaffirmed his commitment to leading the Bucks and keeping the team in Milwaukee. He made his comments at a late morning news conference at his Senate Office in Milwaukee where the Democrat announced his decision not to seek a 5th term in the U.S. Senate.
Kohl’s statement on his retirement from government:
“On a day much like this one, in May, 1988, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate,” Kohl said. “I promised then that if the people of Wisconsin sent me to the Senate, I would work my heart out every day. And I would be nobody’s Senator but yours.”
“Every day since then I have done my best to keep that promise to the people of the state that I love. The greatest honor and the greatest responsibility of my life has been to serve as Wisconsin’s United States Senator. But I have never believed this was my Senate seat. I always knew and understood that it belongs to the people of Wisconsin. At the end of this term, I will have served in this office for 24 years.”
And his further comments on owning the team
“We had a really great year last year. This year was not so very good. We hope that the year to come is going to be a lot better. Competing and winning is the best way to ensure that people come out and watch you in sports. That’s the way it is. But I feel good about it. I feel good about my run as the owner of the team. I really enjoy owning the team. At some point there will be another owner, and when there is it will be somebody who is committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee.”