Steve Jagler nominates the old U.S. Postal Center for a potential new arena destination.
Steve Jagler nominates the old U.S. Postal Center for a potential new arena destination. (Photo: Colton Dunham)

Replace Downtown post office with new arena

In recent years, the Milwaukee Bucks have not had much to celebrate when they’ve conducted their annual preview luncheon with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

This year, however, there was a tangible buzz in the room at the event, which was held at the Harley-Davidson Museum. With a new ownership team, new head coach Jason Kidd, new front-office staff and the first-round draft selection of Jabari Parker, the realization of a new era was readily apparent.

The only question now is will it be the final era of the Milwaukee Bucks? The team is on the clock with the NBA, which says the Bucks must get a new arena built by 2017 to keep the team in Milwaukee.

Peter Feigin, newly appointed team president, went from table to table at the luncheon, introducing himself to members of the Milwaukee business community.

Businesses large and small can expect to hear from Feigin and his staff soon. Feigin said the typical NBA team sells 68 percent of its season tickets to businesses. In Milwaukee, businesses comprise just 15 to 17 percent of the team’s season ticket base.

"I promise you, we will give you a reason to change that," Feigin said.

Feigin brings a depth of experience in both the NBA and the corporate world to the Bucks. As the chief marketing and revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, he managed global business units and handled branding across the international entertainment company. Prior to working at Deluxe, Feigin was president and chief operating officer of Marquis Jet Partners and helped lead its acquisition by NetJets.

From 1998 to 2004, he worked for the New York Knicks and rose to become vice president of marketing – increasing profits, season subscriptions and suite revenue during his tenure. Additionally, Feigin has served as a senior advisor to the Milwaukee Bucks since Wes Edens and Marc Lasry acquired the Bucks from former owner Herb Kohl.

Feigin said he was aware that the media and the public are clamoring to…

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"Net neutrality simply means not preferring one type of content to another online," says attorney Michael Overly.
"Net neutrality simply means not preferring one type of content to another online," says attorney Michael Overly.

Net neutrality 101

President Barack Obama took a stand this week by calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve net neutrality by regulating broadband service like a utility.

In essence, preserving net neutrality would ensure that all consumers and businesses will have universal levels of access to a fast Internet, not just some preferred customers who would pay for "faster lanes" on the Internet.

We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas," Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online."

However, industry groups that represent ISPs criticized Obama’s plan. "Such a move would set the industry back decades, and threaten the private sector investment that is critically needed to ensure that the network can meet surging demand," the Telecommunications Industry Association said in in a statement.

Political opponents such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) criticized the concept of preserving net neutrality. Cruz compared the plan to "Obamacare on Twitter," saying, "The Internet should not operate at the speed of government."

izTimes reached out to our legal resources to help readers understand the concept. Attorney Michael Overly of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Los Angeles office answered the following questions about net neutrality.

BizTimes: Please explain the concept of net neutrality.

Overly: Net neutrality simply means not preferring one type of content to another online. For example, not preferring the speech of a large corporation to that of an individual. Some say this is the entire basis for the Internet: allowing everyone an equal voice. Put another way, an Internet provider shouldn’t be able to stifle speech simply be…

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