Aaron Rodgers buys stake in Milwaukee Bucks

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When the inevitable comparisons happen in July between no-name NBA players who make millions more as free agents than star players in the NFL, one star player in the NFL will have a unique perspective on the issue.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has become one of the owners of one of the teams that will be giving those huge contracts to mid-level pro basketball players. Specifically, Rodgers has become a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,” Rodgers in a statement released by the Bucks, via ESPN.com. “I am excited and honored to deepen my connection to the region by joining Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli and the ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks. As a huge fan of the NBA and the sport of basketball, this is a dream come true for me, and I look forward to furthering my affinity for Wisconsin sports as a minority owner in a team I love and support.”

At a time when friction reportedly has emerged between Rodgers and Wisconsin’s only NFL team, his decision to buy a piece of Wisconsin’s only NBA team coupled with a statement in which he reconfirms his commitment to Wisconsin makes it clear that, if he ever leaves the Packers, it won’t be his decision.

The comments also could get more Packers fans behind Rodgers in the slowly-simmering back-and-forth that ultimately flows from the team’s failure to address a contract that has Rodgers woefully underpaid in comparison to other quarterbacks — specifically in his own division, where Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins makes $28 million per year and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford earns $27 million annually. Rodgers, at $22 million per year, has accomplished more than both of them, combined.

Indeed, Cousins and Stafford have combined for zero career postseason wins.

While this transaction likely won’t be the catalyst for Rodgers getting the $30 million per year that he deserves, it’s definitely a factor to consider at a time when player and team occupy an awkward posture as he enters the final years of his career. If he ends up finishing that career elsewhere, he’s doing what he can to make it very difficult for any Packers fans to blame him for it.

86 responses to “Aaron Rodgers buys stake in Milwaukee Bucks

  1. This doesn’t bode well for free agents dealing with the Bucks going forward. Knowing that at least one of the owners is resentful and jealous of the salaries of NBA players, there will certainly be pushback on the contract demands of the basketballers. Not only will the Bucks not be willing to pay their own free agent market value, but there will be zero chance any outside players will want to play for a team whose owner thinks they are already overpaid.

  2. Do people actually think the Packers won’t get a long term deal done with Rodgers? The Packers have already been to Hell and back with what happened at the end of Favre’s career. The franchise obviously is not about to let that PR nightmare happen again. Rodgers will get paid and will likely be the highest paid player in NFL history. His investment in the Bucks should tell you he’s not concerned about his contract negotiations with the Packers.

  3. I see another messy QB divorce on the GB horizon. Keep blaming Favre people….Rodgers is next.

  4. Woefully under paid? 22 Million?If that’s woeful, I’ll take it! Speaking of woeful, this will be the last year he can carry a woeful defense. If they don’t improve that woeful group, the Pack will no longer be even thought of as a competitive team. Aaron is the team and they have thrown away his entire career with one Super Bowl, by being cheap.
    I’m surprised he didn’t invest in a Nascar team, supporting his girl friend?

  5. Did anyone see him and a super sour looking Danica Patrick court side tonight? He would be better off getting a Danica look alike that is just happy to be there

  6. theories

    1. Clearly, he is 3rd best qb in division a paid correctly.
    2. Danica likes b ball and Rogers put money where it counts. His ego
    3. He knows he is about to hit big money and he is making it rain.
    4. He heard Lebron is sgnng with the bucs.

  7. Good for him. Smart play overall. You have value above many other things real/paper with an NBA or any major swports franchise. Despite potential future turbulent times, they are worth their weight.

  8. I think it’s a bit unfair to try to connect the dots of Rodgers disappointment/frustration with personnel decisions to him somehow leveraging fan support by buying into the Bucks. I’d be more inclined to lean towards his buy-in as being for the exact reasons stated…his love for the region he’s come to call home and his love of basketball.

  9. Based on what Cousins is as a QB compared to Rodgers he deserves 50m a year. That isn’t the issue, the issue is how do you build a roster when your QB’s eats up such a high percentage of the CAP. Of course the NFL probably likes this dilemma because it creates parity for the teams to inept to find a QB.

  10. The comparisons between NBA and NFL salaries are moronic. Most NBA teams have between 13 and 15 players to split their lower salary cap. There are 53 players per NFL team, so of course the salary per player will be higher in the NBA, even though their salary cap per team is a lot lower than the NFL.

  11. Aaron has indeed been deeply involved in the State of Wisconsin, giving of his time to charities that nobody knows about – the man is HUGE in the MACC fund amongst so many other things.

    He is regularly seen in the stands supporting the Wisconsin Badgers … and so it only follows that he’d be a fan of the Bucks as well. Don’t see much of Aaron at Brewer games since his former buddy Braun lied to him about using performance enhancing drugs…but I’d bet he’s still a Brewers’ fan to some degree.

    The man is involved and has a big heart. Glad to have him as an adopted Son of the Badger. He held a press conference this week as the Pack began their off season drills — listened to the entire thing. Doesn’t sound like a man experiencing “friction”. The only folks experiencing friction are Viking fans and the sports media who need something to write about.

    Aaron will get his HUGE contract…make no mistake. Then the press will be writing about how the Packers don’t surround the man with talent as the proverbial window closes. I really like this guy. Just goes about his business.

  12. It is true that Rogers is under paid. however, he chose to sign the contract he did for the sake of security. There are always uncertainties in life and we make choices for the future based on how we assess those and think the future will come to pass. At this time he needs to ride out the contract he signed.
    If you were to hire someone to come and do a job on your house and at 80% completion of the job, he comes to you and says he’s being underpaid, would you reconsider what you’re paying him/her or would you hold fast to the agreed price? Everyday people in everyday life can get hurt and not make the same money again.
    Honor the contract or be better prepared when you sign it in the first place.

  13. So investing in an NBA team makes Rodgers a better packer, in the minds of packer fans?

    Why?

    “I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here.”

    Key word is “called”.

    While he does reside in Wisconsin when playing or practicing, he lives in California when job requirements don’t require his presence.

    Why didn’t he become a packer shareholder during the last packer stock sale in 2012?

    Probably couldn’t afford it before he became the highest paid player in NFL history in 2013.

    Yet now, being so grossly underpaid, he invests in the Bucks…

  14. And don’t forget when comparing $ the small matter that NBA teams play 5 times as many games.

  15. gtodriver says:
    April 21, 2018 at 8:51 am
    Key word is “called”.
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    Here we go again……..splitting hairs and twisting the truth to make yourself feel better about the Vikings letting you down since 1961.

  16. Not that good an investment as he is buying at the top of the market. You want sports, invest in soccer as that sport is just getting started with the stadium scam game.

  17. skolol says:
    April 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm
    Now he owns the Bucks AND the Vikings

    ——-

    How’s that collarbone healing up?

  18. Why does he not deserve $30 million per year? The market dictates what people are paid. Period. To the average joe complaining that he would be more than happy with $22 million, wake the hell up.

  19. ariani1985 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Michael E says:

    April 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Nick Foles has as many rings as Rodgers.
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    let that sink in!!!!

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    Nick Foles has more Superbowl rings than the Vikings organization does in their entire history.

    Let that sink in!!!

  20. mackcarrington says:
    April 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm
    This doesn’t bode well for free agents dealing with the Bucks going forward. Knowing that at least one of the owners is resentful and jealous of the salaries of NBA players, there will certainly be pushback on the contract demands of the basketballers.
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    Rodgers will have zero decision-making authority, man. Besides, I’d certainly be intrigued about playing with the Greek Freak if I’m a FA and they keep him and some other players, even if it is Wisconsin.

  21. mj323 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:27 am
    The comparisons between NBA and NFL salaries are moronic. Most NBA teams have between 13 and 15 players to split their lower salary cap. There are 53 players per NFL team, so of course the salary per player will be higher in the NBA, even though their salary cap per team is a lot lower than the NFL.
    ———-
    Plus the NBA has max salaries per individual players, so the true superstars are underpaid. The “middle class” guys get “overpaid” but the superstars can’t really be enticed to change teams purely for money, and the CBA even allows their original teams to pay them more for longer than any other team can. There’s nothing in theory to keep Kirk Cousins from getting $50 million per year, but Lebron James can’t get that much.

  22. If he ends up finishing that career elsewhere, he’s doing what he can to make it very difficult for any Packers fans to blame him for it.
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    Except for the ones that will start burning his jerseys and calling him Brent.

  23. I have proudly called Wisconsin my home for the past 13 years, and I am thankful for the friendships and the opportunities I have been given to live and play here,”
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    Right, right after the season is over Rodgers high tails it out of town and back to Cali with his pride of Wisco in his rear view mirror.

  24. If he ends up finishing that career elsewhere, he’s doing what he can to make it very difficult for any Packers fans to blame him for it.
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    Oh they will blame him alrighty. They always blame the player as soon as they become ex-packers

  25. ariani1985 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Michael E says:

    April 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Nick Foles has as many rings as Rodgers.
    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    let that sink in!!!!
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    Nick Foles has more Super Bowl rings than any Viking who’s ever donned their uniform. Put together!
    Seriously, how ridiculous is that?!?

  26. nick koch says:
    April 21, 2018 at 11:29 am
    How many Super Bowls do the Vikings have ?
    The Lions ?
    Just inquiring

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    Did you watch all those packer championships in the 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s?

    Just inquiring.

  27. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
    I’m just glad the Packers aren’t saddled with Curnt Kousins’ contract… and lack of success

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    Just wait a bit, the pack will be saddled a bit more tightly with Raron Aodgers contract.

  28. Hey maybe he can get the Greek Freak to play TE?

    And there sure is a lot of “sinking in” going on around here.

  29. flviking says:
    April 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm
    Did you watch all those packer championships in the 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s? Just inquiring.
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    No. I didn’t watch the Yankees World Series Championships during that period either. I guess they should burn all those old pennants, because, you know, they obviously offend Viking fans. Championships only count if Viking fans are present. Got it.

  30. teal379 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:56 am
    ariani1985 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:11 am
    Michael E says:

    April 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Nick Foles has as many rings as Rodgers.
    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    let that sink in!!!!

    —————————

    Nick Foles has more Superbowl rings than the Vikings organization does in their entire history.

    Let that sink in!!

    /////////////////////

    And Red Dunn has twice as many championships than Rodgers.
    Let that sink in.
    I’m curious how many so called pack fans are going to google Red Dunn, I’m guessing all of them.

  31. Why are Viking trolls so oddly fascinated with the Packers? It’s got to be jealousy. They want what we have and they want to be us. It’s because they know the Packers are once again the team to beat in the North Division, now that their “vaunted” defense crapped its pants at the most critical time in the careers of their players. And, it’s because going all-in with a quarterback after three years of Pro-Bowl caliber play at that position was a desperate move. And, it’s because the Vikings are unable to achieve greatness even when the Packers step aside for them. And, it’s because Viking fans know, deep down, that beating the Packers once in a while will have to suffice as their SuperBowl experience, maybe for the rest of their lives.

  32. flviking says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    I’m curious how many so called pack fans are going to google Red Dunn, I’m guessing all of them.
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    You mean, like you did?

  33. stellarperformance says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    flviking says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    I’m curious how many so called pack fans are going to google Red Dunn, I’m guessing all of them.
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    You mean, like you did

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    I did google it, but I could care less about packer history, but I guarantee you googled it. Tsk, Tsk a good franchise with so many unknowledge fans.

  34. countyk66ers says:
    April 21, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Aaron is also committing his time to Beloit, Wisconsin native Danica Patrick.
    ####

    And she left Wisconsin decades ago.

    What’s your point?

  35. stellarperformance says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    Why are Viking trolls so oddly fascinated with the Packers? It’s got to be jealousy. They want what we have and they want to be us. It’s because they know the Packers are once again the team to beat in the North Division, now that their “vaunted” defense crapped its pants at the most critical time in the careers of their players. And, it’s because going all-in with a quarterback after three years of Pro-Bowl caliber play at that position was a desperate move. And, it’s because the Vikings are unable to achieve greatness even when the Packers step aside for them. And, it’s because Viking fans know, deep down, that beating the Packers once in a while will have to suffice as their SuperBowl experience, maybe for the rest of their lives.
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    Tick Tock Stella. It’s ok to be scared. You can grip your trophies for the next 20 years as your Viking buddies in the cities raz you the whole time.

  36. filthymcnasty3 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    One of lifes pinnacles is Sports franchise ownership.

    And only of a few of us know what that really feels like.
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    Oh, you consider yourself part of franchise ownership because you got conned into buying Packer “stock”?

    That is hilarious.

    No wonder Packer fans are the laughing stock of the league.

  37. flviking says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    And Red Dunn has twice as many championships than Rodgers.
    Let that sink in.
    I’m curious how many so called pack fans are going to google Red Dunn, I’m guessing all of them.
    __________________________

    And Dick Grecni has one less Championship ring than Aaron Rodgers.
    You should Google it, wait, don’t bother, I’ll save you the trouble.
    He’s just one of literally thousands of Minnesota Vikings to have never won a game of any significant consequence.
    I’d tell you to let that sink in for a while, but I’d be wasting my breath.
    You Barneys have no sense of irony whatsoever.
    It’s completely lost on you.
    skoLOL!

  38. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Tick Tock Stella. It’s ok to be scared. You can grip your trophies for the next 20 years as your Viking buddies in the cities raz you the whole time.
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    As I’ve said innumerable times, I don’t care if the Packers ever win anything ever again. They’ve given me so much in my lifetime. Anything else from here on out is pure frosting.

  39. stellarperformance says:
    April 21, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm
    Tick Tock Stella. It’s ok to be scared. You can grip your trophies for the next 20 years as your Viking buddies in the cities raz you the whole time.
    ///////////////////////////

    As I’ve said innumerable times, I don’t care if the Packers ever win anything ever again. They’ve given me so much in my lifetime. Anything else from here on out is pure frosting
    ————————

    There you go again talking to yourself in your head with a security blanket. Tick Tock.

  40. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm
    There you go again talking to yourself in your head with a security blanket. Tick Tock.
    //////////////////////////////////

    It’s just not as important to me, a fan that has been given so much by the most unique and deserving franchise in the NFL, as it would to someone like you. I’ve witnessed firsthand unbelievable feats of accomplishment by the Packers. You who haven’t been given anything by the Vikings, with the exception of an occasional victory over the Packers, which ultimately Isn’t really enough.

    Is it?

  41. unique and deserving franchise in the NFL, as it would to someone like you. I’ve witnessed firsthand unbelievable feats of accomplishment by the Packers.
    —————-
    Typ9ical patting on thne back for nothing yuoiu have accomplished yourself And by unbelievable feats you must mean most fried food served in a stadium anywhere because winning an occasional SB in the modern error is certainty not unbelievable.

    You should stick to your cut and paste boo hoo hooing. “Wah those mean Viking fans arfe picking on us again.” LOL

  42. Think the historical record of Packer Championships doesn’t matter?
    Ok. The Packers won a Super Bowl in this decade. The Vikings have never won one.
    Ever! That’s their historical record.

  43. with the exception of an occasional victory over the Packers
    —–
    You are full of yourself again thinking a victory over the Packets means something special. The reality is fans think it is awful the NFL forces players to have to go play in that s-hole. This year is especially bad for the Vikings as they have to go their in summer when the air reeks of toilet paper everywhere.

    Even die hard fans like yourself get out at the first chance they can.

  44. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 22, 2018 at 1:10 pm
    You should stick to your cut and paste boo hoo hooing. “Wah those mean Viking fans arfe picking on us again.” LOL
    //////////////////////////////////

    ……says the troll that can’t sleep at night because Packer fans think they’re better than him. Classic.

  45. Nope I sleep fine (Do you really think people think of this other than pasing time? HA HA) Rather I am just telling it like it is. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL BECAUSE OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM THAT YOU CHEER FOR. I am not jealous of your delusion, that is just silly and is just more of that special person thinking. People are not jealous of Packers fans, rather we feel sad for the delusions you have of yourself. (But not sad enough not to poke you about them. That is too fun 😀 )

  46. Oh, that’s rich. Cheesey calling people out for being repetitious. Now we’ve heard everything.

  47. packer fans think they are better than everyone else because they won all these championships in the 30s and 60s. No one else cares. But they think because of that and because some announcer claimed Lamblow field as the frozen tundra, they are the entitled franchise. But in reality they are the laughing stock of the nfl.

  48. Being better than a hater that goes out of their way to make their negative feelings known, picking fights along the way, is very easy. It doesn’t bake much.

  49. pkrh8tr says:
    April 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm
    packer fans think they are better than everyone else because they won all these championships in the 30s and 60s. No one else cares. But they think because of that and because some announcer claimed Lamblow field as the frozen tundra, they are the entitled franchise. But in reality they are the laughing stock of the nfl.
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    If I truly thought a team and its’ fans were a laughing-stock, it would be too easy to ignore them completely.

    But…..you can’t. You’d rather pick fights and hate just for the sake of hating. No substance.

    Yes, generally speaking, we’re better than anybody like you……..and I’d say it to your face.

  50. stella says:
    April 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    It doesn’t bake much.
    ———
    But it does burn. Like everyone’s responses to your posts

  51. pkrh8tr says:
    April 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    But it does burn. Like everyone’s responses to your posts
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    I’m glad it makes you feel good, because it has no effect on me whatsoever. You got that goin’ for ya.

  52. But…..you can’t. You’d rather pick fights and hate just for the sake of hating. No substance.

    Yes, generally speaking, we’re better than anybody like you……
    ————–
    Another part of Packer fan delusion is that there are only Viking trolls. That he does not troll and that there are no Packer trolls. They live in a fantasy world.

  53. stellarperformance says:
    April 22, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    Oh, that’s rich. Cheesey calling people out for being repetitious. Now we’ve heard everything.
    ————–
    I never cut and paste my prior responses which you do a lot of the time. My post are all fresh each story. Besides what I was getting at was calling Viking fans scared etc about this, it is inconceivable and unimaginative.

  54. NBA has 12-man teams with a $100 million salary cap. The NFL has 53-man teams with a $174 million salary cap. Your whining about the difference in salary is ignorant. Any NFL player that wants to make the switch has every freedom to try out for the NBA.

  55. skolol says:

    April 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Now he owns the Bucks AND the Vikings

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    Actually if you look at recent years the Vikings and Packers have been even. They have the same Win-Loss record since Zimmer took over 4 years ago. He was more dominant during the Christian Ponder – Bad Defense era previously before Zimmer. Zimmer has been good at defending him lately.

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