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Design Firms To Present Proposals To Bucks Owners For Arena, Lasry Divulges Few Details
Published June 24, 2014
NOT BUSINESS, STRICTLY PERSONAL: In Milwaukee, Rich Kirchen notes Lasry threw out the first pitch prior to last night's Nationals-Brewers game. Although Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio has "expressed an interest in financially supporting a new arena where the Bucks would play," Lasry said that yesterday's visit to Miller Park was "more about fun than business." Lasry: "I don’t think tonight’s the night for us to discuss that. I think we’ll have plenty of time to discuss it over the next couple months" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/24).
BIG BUCKS, NO WHAMMIES: Lasry said that it will "not be a financial issue on the new owners' part to pay players or seek out free agents." In Milwaukee, Charles Gardner notes the Bucks have been a team that has "stayed out of luxury tax territory and has tried to stay close to or just over the league salary cap." But Lasry said, "We have to increase our payroll." Asked if free agents would want to come to Milwaukee, Lasry said, "Nobody's going to come to Milwaukee if the team did what it did last year." He added, "If the Bucks are doing well, you're going to be able to attract people" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/24).