Wisconsin Sports Headlines – 6/17/2020

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>>Buying The Brewers – A Good Investment For Mark Attanasio

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  While Major League Baseball players and owners snarl at each other, one of the main sticking points is whether the teams are really profitable.  Buying the Brewers 16 years ago has worked out well for owner Mark Attanasio.  He paid 223 million for the franchise and it is unofficially valued today at one-point-two billion dollars.  For comparison, had he invested that much money in the stock market, it would be worth less than half that amount – a little over a half-billion dollars.  The Brewers are in the middle of the pack with 43 million in operating income and they are carrying less debt than 22 other teams.  The smallest major league market has become a good place to do business.  Attanasio hasn’t been among the owners saying baseball isn’t profitable.


>>Packers Sending Face Masks To Season Ticket Holders

(Green Bay, WI)  —  With the first preseason game less than two months away, the Green Bay Packers are reaching out to their fans.  The team is sending face masks to its season ticket holders along with the letter saying it is preparing contingency plans for the 2020 season.  It is possible the Packers could require all fans to wear face masks while they attend games at Lambeau Field.  Visitors to the Packers Pro Shop are already being required to do that.


>>Marquette On The List Of Possible Homes For 4-Star Point Guard

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Marquette is on the list of possible college basketball homes for a four-star point guard prospect from Reading, Pennsylvania.  Six-foot-two Stevie Mitchell averaged 22 points-a-game for Wilson High School last season.  He’s ranked number-104 in the Class of 2021.  Other schools in the running include Stanford and Villanova.  The Golden Eagles first offered Mitchell a scholarship last December.


>>Bucks Have A Good Shot At Title But Have To Answer Some Questions

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Even though the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers are considered to be the frontrunners when the NBA resumes play, there are still some questions that have to be answered.  To take the big prize, guard Eric Bledsoe is going to have to quit disappearing in the postseason. Twenty-five percent shooting on 3-pointers isn’t going to get it done.  Thirty-nine-year-old Kyle Korver has to hold off Father Time and give the Bucks the long-range shooting threat they need to open up the offense.  And, Giannis Antetokounmpo has to consistently hit those mid-range jumpers.  The number-one defense in the league can do the rest.


>>Like Rodney Dangerfield, QB Aaron Rodgers Doesn’t Get Respect From CBS Sports

(Green Bay, WI)  —  He’s had a great career, but CBS Sports is leaving Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers off the list of the best at his position in the NFL.  Columnist Sean Wagner-McGough just ranked the 10 best quarterbacks in the league coming into the 2020 season – and no Rodgers.  He didn’t have a great 2019 and probably shouldn’t be ranked above Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson.  Tom Brady had an off-season last year and he’s still on the list, while 38-year-old Ben Rothlisberger missed all but two games last season without being pushed aside.


>>4 Wisconsin Representatives on Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition

(Rosemont, IL)  —  The University of Wisconsin has the fewest representatives on the Big Ten Conference’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition.  U-W’s four members are Chancellor Rebecca Blank, associate athletic director Mike Jackson, senior football player Madison Cone and junior softball player Tyra Turner.  The Badgers are also the only program not to have a head coach on the coalition.  Its mission is to seek ways to combat racism and hate around the world and empower student-athletes to express their rights to free speech and peaceful protest.  The group was formed following the Minneapolis police custody death of George Floyd.


>>MLBPA “Disgusted” By Commissioner’s Comments Seen As Threat

(Undated)  — The Major League Baseball Players Association says its members are “disgusted” after Commissioner Rob Manfred reversed course on his comments about playing in 2020.  Union Executive Director Tony Clark says it’s just another threat in a series of bad faith negotiations.  Manfred now says he is “not confident” there will be a 2020 Major League Baseball season.  Just a week ago he had said baseball would “unequivocally” be played.  There still is no agreement between the players and baseball, but Manfred has acknowledged that they are close to a deal.