OSHKOSH — After months of speculation, Oshkosh is one step closer to being the home for the Milwaukee Bucks D-League.
Bucks president Peter Feigin told the the Racine Journal Times in November a decision on a home for its D-League affiliate was expected “before Thanksgiving.” However, Thanksgiving came and went without an announcement.
Since then, the Oshkosh City Council met on December 19th to discuss a property that could be a potential site for a sports complex if Oshkosh is chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks for its D-League basketball franchise. “Right now we have been told that there’s going to be no decision on the determination of a Bucks D-League team anywhere for quite a while,” Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff told WBAY Action 2 News.
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Sheboygan is competing against Oshkosh and Racine for the D-League team. If Sheboygan was selected, the D-League would be located at the former 52,000-square-foot Armory on Broughton Drive, a prime spot along Sheboygan’s lakefront. Joe Wolf is leading the effort to bring the NBA development league to Sheboygan.
A city official says Sheboygan is unlikely to be chosen as the D-League site.
Officials believe the Bucks will choose Oshkosh to tap a fan base in the Fox Valley which could open doors for the team since the D-League would be located within miles of Appleton, Fond du Lac and Green Bay. Sheboygan and Racine are considered too closely located to Milwaukee and the team officials feel they would not reach a new audience.
Sheboygan has been the favorite to host the D-League but the team questions how the Armory can operate. Wolf’s plans call for the Armory to be put in the control of a nonprofit that be in charge of maintaining and operating the venue.