The Milwaukee Bucks have a new ownership group led by Marc Lasry and Wes Edens. According to a recent report, they may be looking to add a little name recognition and some local star-power to that group.
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reported that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has discussed the possibility of becoming a part-owner to Lasry and Edens.
Rodgers has long been a Milwaukee fan, a frequent fixture in courtside seats. His interest in owning a part of the team is one that he discussed publicly in December.
Despite the report by Woelfel, Rodgers has yet to confirm if there’s anything firm in the works. During a recent Packers mini-camp, he told reporters that he didn’t “have an update” regarding his chances of owning part of the Bucks. However, he did reaffirm his passion for the team.
“I’m a big fan of the Bucks; I have been for a long time. I love going to the games. They’ve been great to me. I’m excited about the new ownership, and it seems like they have a desire to keep the team in the area. But I’ve been a fan for a while.”
Lasry and Edens assumed controlling interest in the Bucks from longtime owner Herb Kohl in April. Among their many challenges – in addition to reinvigorating a franchise that has wallowed in mediocrity for some time – is building a new arena that can help increase attendance numbers. It is believed that adding Rodgers, along with former Bucks player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, could help procure the necessary funding to build a new home for Milwaukee.
While nothing seems imminent at this moment, this feels like a case of there being smoke wherever there’s fire. Plus, it seems like too good a match for it not to happen. Adding a local superstar that has achieved championship success, even if it’s in another sport, to be a part of your franchise is a great move. It brings great publicity, builds confidence from your fanbase and adding a little bit of good karma can’t hurt, either.
Especially if Rodgers brings new girlfriend Olivia Munn to join him courtside, fans can have something to look at both on and off the court.