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Outgoing Bucks owner Herb Kohl takes care of club employees on way out door

Jul 8, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

Terry Stotts Press Conference

The Bucks new owners are still learning something about handling things with class.

The Bucks’ former owner, Herb Kohl, has the classy part down cold.

Kohl is on his way out the door after owning the team for 29 years (selling the team for a cool $550 million), and in pure basketball terms it wasn’t the best nearly three decades — eight playoff trips in the last 23 years, no Finals. However, he handled himself with dignity through all of it. And that continues as he nears stepping down (the other owners just have to approve the sale, something expected soon).

As a parting thank you to long-time Bucks employees, Kohl gave out generous checks. I mean really generous. Gery Woelfel has the details at the Journal Times (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie).

You may have read where Kohl gave gifts of $500 to employees at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where the Bucks played their home games.

What you haven’t read, though, is that Kohl’s generosity extended much further. He also bestowed significant financial gifts to others in the organization, from secretaries to sales personnel to basketball operations officials. The amount Kohl gave those employees varied and was based on different criterion, not the least of which was longevity with the organization.

Some Bucks employees received $40,000 while others received nearly $100,000. And there were even some individuals who were given checks that one person close to the situation described as “life changing.”

We applaud you Kohl. Well done sir.

As a reminder, as part of selling the team Kohl set it up for the Bucks not to leave Milwaukee — if the new owners can’t get a new arena deal done, the league can buy back the team and re-sell it rather than let it be moved.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Damn, what I wouldn’t give to work for someone like Herb Kohl!

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      That what people should do in his position, with his financial ability. BIG UP’S TO THE FORMER BUCKS OWNER!


    • spursareold - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      He has any number of department stores that I’m sure you’re probably qualified for. Have at it.

      • saudishot - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        He doesn’t own Kohl’s.

      • chicagosports2014 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        😂Miami fans still very bitter I see. Whole life crashing down, on behave of the “World Champion San Antonio Spurs”. hahahahahehe

      • mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Department stores? LOL. Too bad his last name isn’t Edison because the post about him getting rich inventing the light bulb would have been epic.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Now THAT’S a good one!

      • AZ Dem - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        He sold the stores in 1979

    • zerole00 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      You know, even though the Bucks’ never achieved dominating success you’ve really got to admire Kohl as an owner. Instead of tanking and rebuilding (which unfortunately the NBA kinda sets up unintentionally with the CBA), he tried to make the team as competitive as he could every year. There’s only so much you can do though when you’re in a market like Milwaukee.


  2. timmons94 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Amen !!! That is awesome !!!!!!

  3. whitwarren - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    If I’m a bucks fan, do I get any money?

    • money2long - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Depends how long have youve been a season ticket holder 😄

  4. reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I am 100% jealous lol

  5. dirtydavis - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I’m sure Donald Sterling will be doing the same thing on his way out

    • money2long - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Closing the door?

  6. handsomerob86 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Guys like this prove that money doesn’t corrupt everyone. Could use more like him…

  7. clevelandrox - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM


  8. reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    He looks like a certain football player I know lol. Identical almost. Just me? Ok

    • reesesteel23 - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      *former football player*

  9. lenbias34pt - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Good call

  10. mogogo1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Jason Kidd just called the new owner asking for a raise to make up for his not getting anything from Kohl.

  11. lew24 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    He’s the Anti-Sterling!

  12. weaselpuppy - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM



    Liberal Arts 6th year Juniors everywhere….

  13. packfan0492 - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Could of spend some more money on a couple good players.

  14. mackcarrington - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    …and then he lit his cigar with a $100 dollar bill.

  15. genericcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Kohls Cares

  16. scottheis82 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    @ mogogo1
    He might not own Kohls any more, but his family started it and after selling the company he stayed on until 1979, and made even more money. So an Edison is still an Edison even a generation later. Congratulations you are now the worst comment on this thread…

  17. AZ Dem - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    He was also a member of the United State Senate for 24 years.. A Democrat and ally of President Obama.

    At the U of Wisconsin, his roommate was Bud Selig.

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