Who will buy the naming rights to new Bucks arena?

Everyone’s waiting to see which company will get the naming rights to the new Bucks arena.

The Bucks have been looking for a sponsor since last summer. Apparently they’re down to two finalists, both local companies with an international presence.

Rich Kirchen, senior reporter with the Milwaukee Business Journal, says the team is close to landing a long awaited sponsor.

"They haven't put a deadline on it, it seems like it's going to be soon. Could be a week, could be two weeks,” Kirchen said. "They're at the 1 yard line so you know that means they're 99 percent of the way there.”

Kirchen got this info from two of the Bucks majority owner last Friday’s playoff win.

"Some of it becomes a process of elimination,” he said. "The Bucks have already said that Kohl's is not going to be a sponsor with the new arena. Harley-Davidson also probably not, because they already signed on as the patch sponsor, they've got the logo on the jerseys, so they're out of the running.”

Northwestern Mutual’s name has been thrown out there but over the years, but Kirchen says the company has told him they won’t be a sponsor.

"What someone said a few months ago might've changed,” Kirchen said. They might be a secondary sponsor, you know like the BMO Harris is and Miller Coors, Johnson Controls.”

It’s expected to be announced after the Bucks current playoff run, hopefully that’ll be at the end of June. 

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