Giannis Antetokounmpo led one Milwaukee sports franchise to a rare championship this year and now he owns part of another trying to repeat the feat.
Antetokounmpo, the star of the NBA’s Bucks, purchased an ownership stake in MLB’s Brewers, the baseball team announced Friday.
“Man, this is unbelievable,” Antetokounmpo said Friday at a news conference, sitting behind the microphones wearing a No. 34 Brewers jersey. “This is a dream come true for a kid from Sepolia, Athens, Greece, born from immigrant parents. I could have never imagined I would be in this position.”
The agreement actually was finalized in May but kept quiet to avoid distractions while the Bucks were making a championship run that included overcoming 2-0 series deficits against the Nets and the Suns to win the franchise’s first title in 50 years.
“Milwaukee made me who I am today,” said Antetokounmpo, who signed a five-year, $228 million contract extension in December. “It made me a better person. This is basically my home. I’ve become a father here. I’ve become a leader here. I’ve become a champion here, and I want to be involved.
“I want to be involved in the community as much as possible. I know Milwaukee invested a lot in me, and I want to invest a lot of me back into the city of Milwaukee.”
Antetokounmpo is the latest in a trend of superstar athletes buying ownership in a local sports franchise.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a minority owner of the Bucks. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a minority owner of Kansas City’s MLB team, the Royals.
The Brewers have the third-best record in the National League and are looking for their first World Series title since relocating from Seattle in 1970. They lost the World Series in 1982 and were within one win of returning to the Fall Classic in 2018 before losing Game 7 to the Dodgers.
“We’re trying to have some of that good karma that Giannis and his teammates created to rub off on us,” Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said.
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