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UPDATE: La Crosse Center pursuing Bucks D-League affiliate

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Monday is deadline day to see if the La Crosse Center could be the new home for the Milwaukee Bucks' new Developmental League Affiliate. 

As News 19 Sports first told you, the Bucks are one of eight NBA teams that does not have a D-League team at the moment and they're looking to add one and they'd like it to be in Wisconsin.

The La Crosse Center submitted its paperwork to the Bucks last week.  All requests for proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday. 

La Crosse Center Executive Director Art Fahey said La Crosse is just the type of community the Bucks are looking for. 

"When you look at communities like Milwaukee, Madison, they are competing with the Bucks themselves or the Badgers and a community like ours, this kind of takes center piece and I think they are looking for something like that where this could be a featured item in the community," Fahey said. 

Fahey said he's not certain when the Bucks will reach a decision. The goal is to have a D-League team in place by the fall of 2017.

The La Crosse Center may have a need for an upgraded facility in order to compete for a pro basketball team.

WXOW 19 has learned that La Crosse Center officials have approached the Milwaukee Bucks about being the home for their new developmental league affiliate.

The Bucks are one of eight NBA teams that does not have a D-League team at the moment.

They're looking to add one and they'd like it to be in Wisconsin.

La Crosse Center manager Art Fahey told WXOW 19 Sports that the Bucks have asked the Center to fill out an R.F.P, which is a Request for Proposals form. It's a guideline for things the NBA D-League requires for an arena or a city to put their team.
La Crosse has a rich history of supporting pro basketball. The Catbirds from the Continental Basketball Association played here from 1985 to 1994, winning two CBA titles.

The Bobcats followed, calling La Crosse home from 1996 to February 2001. That past success has made bringing pro basketball back to the center very enticing.

"This is something that had success in La Crosse.  The old CBA is no longer in existence in the form that it was. The D-League is the closest thing to it and La Crosse had some support for it.  This is something the city has shown some excitement for in the past.  We're very serious.  We're one of a few cities in Wisconsin that the Milwaukee Bucks are taking a look at.  So, with the Request For Proposals that they put out, we're going to take a hard look at it and see what we can deliver," said Fahey.

The talks are very preliminary.  

The Bucks' goal is to have a team in place by fall of 2017,

There are other cities in contention.

In fact, Oshkosh is making a strong push.

Madison, Green Bay, Racine and Kenosha are reportedly under consideration as well.

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