Bucks President Peter Feigin lobbied the Wisconsin legislature Monday to approve public funding for a new arena in Milwaukee. Without the funding, Feigin claimed, the NBA could move the team potentially to Las Vegas or Seattle.

“The window is closing,” Feigin said. “We can’t wait months, even weeks to start the public process.”

The legislation would mandate taxpayers aid in $250 million of the $500 million total cost of the new arena. According to Feigin, construction needs to commence by October or November in order to keep the NBA from finding new ownership for the franchise.

“An NBA team, the Bucks, is a worldwide attraction,” Feigin said. “The NBA is an international beacon. You’ll never be able to replace the revenue if the Bucks leave.”

The Bucks’ lease on the BMO Harris Bradley Center, their current arena, expires in 2017 and Feigin has stated that the NBA does not want the team to renew it. If the lease is not renewed in 2017, the NBA could buy the team and relocate it.

Aside from the economic benefits of keeping an NBA team, Feigin is confident the construction of a new arena would create thousands of jobs, and lead the Bucks organization hiring 50 to 100 more employees.

Legislators have not yet voted on the plan, but the legislation could reach the senate floor as early as this week.

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Justin Pallenik

NerdWallet It’€™s no secret that professional sports teams spend staggering amounts of money on their players. When added all together, the roster payrolls for franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB total almost $113 billion since 2000.

But not all franchises use their money in the most cost-efficient way. The best teams in sports over the past decade and a half, such as the Patriots and Spurs, have been known to get the most bang for their buck.

NerdWallet analyzed win-loss records and payroll data since 2000 to figure out which teams ‘€¦ have been the smartest spenders. …

As good as the Spurs are, the title of most financially efficient sports franchise of the 21st century goes to the New England Patriots ‘€” the reigning champs and winners of three other Super Bowls in the past 15 years. The Patriots have also won over 70% of their games since 2000.

What puts them at the top of this list is how relatively little they’€™ve had to pay for their tremendous success: New England’€™s average payroll has been among the five lowest in the NFL. With an index score of 2.06 (yes, they’€™ve been more than twice as efficient as the average team), the Patriots are the most financially efficient team among the three largest U.S. professional sports leagues.

I post this not because I’m terribly invested in the Patriots’ profit margin. I’m sure even if they were among the five highest payrolls instead of the five lowest, no one in the Kraft family would be mowing the neighbors’ lawns to help pay the bills.

No, this is for all the arrogant know it alls and malapert smarty pants in the Boston media who rip them time and time again for being a cheap organization. The ones who talk about Bill Belichick like he’s Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr. Kraft like he’s Monty Burns, respectively forcing the help to work Christmas Eve with no coal for the fire and taking the tartar sauce away from the employee cafeteria. We hear the same caterwauling from the same anti-Patriots zealots every time they don’t spend dump trucks full of gold bullion in free agency or there’s protracted contract talks with one of their own players. Like somehow running your fiscal house with some degree of sanity means you’re not trying to win.

The truth is, all it means is the Pats are the best run, most successful operation in all of pro sports. And God bless these nerds for proving it with research. And what the NerdWallet Geek Squad left out that I’ll add now is that when Belichick first took over the Pats in 2000, the team was $10 million over the cap with just 13 players. That’s the payroll hole he dug the franchise out of, won the Super Bowl the next year and has been winning with his fiscal management ever since.

Sure, the Pats could placate all the Haterade drinkers. Ruin their carefully built payroll structure that’s worked all these years. Throw money at free agents like a college football bowl CEO blowing his expense account money in a nudie bar. But to do so is to turn themselves into the New York Knicks of football.

That’s just science. Who knew it had practical, real world applications? I guess nerds really do have their uses.

[h/t to @Jonathan999M]
@JerryThornton1

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Jerry Thornton

NerdWallet It’€™s no secret that professional sports teams spend staggering amounts of money on their players. When added all together, the roster payrolls for franchises in the NFL, NBA and MLB total almost $113 billion since 2000.

But not all franchises use their money in the most cost-efficient way. The best teams in sports over the past decade and a half, such as the Patriots and Spurs, have been known to get the most bang for their buck.

NerdWallet analyzed win-loss records and payroll data since 2000 to figure out which teams ‘€¦ have been the smartest spenders. …

As good as the Spurs are, the title of most financially efficient sports franchise of the 21st century goes to the New England Patriots ‘€” the reigning champs and winners of three other Super Bowls in the past 15 years. The Patriots have also won over 70% of their games since 2000.

What puts them at the top of this list is how relatively little they’€™ve had to pay for their tremendous success: New England’€™s average payroll has been among the five lowest in the NFL. With an index score of 2.06 (yes, they’€™ve been more than twice as efficient as the average team), the Patriots are the most financially efficient team among the three largest U.S. professional sports leagues.

I post this not because I’m terribly invested in the Patriots’ profit margin. I’m sure even if they were among the five highest payrolls instead of the five lowest, no one in the Kraft family would be mowing the neighbors’ lawns to help pay the bills.

No, this is for all the arrogant know it alls and malapert smarty pants in the Boston media who rip them time and time again for being a cheap organization. The ones who talk about Bill Belichick like he’s Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr. Kraft like he’s Monty Burns, respectively forcing the help to work Christmas Eve with no coal for the fire and taking the tartar sauce away from the employee cafeteria. We hear the same caterwauling from the same anti-Patriots zealots every time they don’t spend dump trucks full of gold bullion in free agency or there’s protracted contract talks with one of their own players. Like somehow running your fiscal house with some degree of sanity means you’re not trying to win.

The truth is, all it means is the Pats are the best run, most successful operation in all of pro sports. And God bless these nerds for proving it with research. And what the NerdWallet Geek Squad left out that I’ll add now is that when Belichick first took over the Pats in 2000, the team was $10 million over the cap with just 13 players. That’s the payroll hole he dug the franchise out of, won the Super Bowl the next year and has been winning with his fiscal management ever since.

Sure, the Pats could placate all the Haterade drinkers. Ruin their carefully built payroll structure that’s worked all these years. Throw money at free agents like a college football bowl CEO blowing his expense account money in a nudie bar. But to do so is to turn themselves into the New York Knicks of football.

That’s just science. Who knew it had practical, real world applications? I guess nerds really do have their uses.

[h/t to @Jonathan999M]
@JerryThornton1

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The great Ed Deveau joined us to discuss his retirement.

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The guys discussed Rick Porcello getting another start.

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Gary Tanguay.

[0:00:42] ... your war the Bob's discount for Richard our top story of course. Bill Cosby in a deposition big. Revealed that the tigress has a coach used to call the company that's because there's fat now because ...
[0:02:22] ... would shake your head. Though it looks like you got a little Colin Farrell doesn't. We Colin Farrell's name and look to look again support is that it was. It is not here is obviously here because we did put ...
[0:03:23] ... out. Jerry chose. Lumpy joins me over you. Right totally already over weight loss bat were you I said of the magic make an epic and how we play with yourself Mike would you like to ...
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The guys opened the show by discussing the rift between Gerry and Dino.

On Monday, the Spurs signed former Pacers forward David West to a veteran minimum contract for next season, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. The deal cannot officially be announced until the signing period resumes Thursday.

Bucking the trend of other NBA free agency paydays, West chose the Spurs’ $1.5 million offer after opting out of his Pacers deal that would have paid him $12.6 million.

West’s arrival comes on the heels of Manu Ginobili‘s return to San Antonio, which was announced earlier in the day Monday.

Ginobili and West follow LaMarcus Aldridge, the biggest free agent get of 2015, and add to an already potent Spurs rotation featuring five-time NBA champion Tim Duncan and former MVP candidate Tony Parker.

In all likelihood, West will come off the bench, as they also just re-signed reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard to a five year, $90 million contract extension.

West averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 boards for the Pacers last year. He reportedly turned down offers of more money from other contenders, including the Cavaliers, Warriors and Wizards.

“At this point in my career, it’s all about winning,” West said in a recent interview with WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. “And again, I don’t want to be in a position where we’re just fighting to make the playoffs. I want to be in a spot where we can legitimately taste the Finals.”

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Justin Pallenik

CosmoIn an interview with San Diego pastor Miles McPherson, Ciara’s boyfriend and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson revealed that he and the singer are not having sex, not even a little bit.

Wilson explained that during a conversation they had while she was on tour, God came to him and told Wilson that he needed to “lead her.” Wilson proposed taking “that extra stuff” off the table and doing things “Jesus’ way” to Ciara, and she agreed. When the pastor asked if Wilson was talking about sex, Wilson confirmed that he was indeed “talking about sex.”

“I ain’t gonna lie to y’all now,” Wilson said. “I need you to pray for us. I know y’all have seen her on the screen. If there’s a 10, she’s a 15.”

I have to admit, I’m really struggling with this. On the one hand, I truly want to respect Russell Wilson’s religious freedom here. I mean, when God himself takes time out from running the universe to personally tell you to keep your hands off Ciara’s funny business, then I guess you pretty much have to.

On the other hand, Wilson is a quarterback. A damn fine one. One of the best in the league, if you ask me. By definition that makes him both a leader of men and a role model. Part of the job description is to lead by example. To score with the hottest women you can to show your teammates what the rewards of success look like. It’s kind of a “spoils of war” thing. Plus it’s your responsibility to inspire the youth of America to work hard to achieve great things to they too will strive to get with world class Ciara-like talent. It’s part of the responsibility of being an Alpha Male. “From which much is given, much is expected” and all that.

So yeah, I’m torn between Wilson’s right to practice his religion and America’s right to see their quarterbacks sleeping with the best looking women we have to offer, as God intended. Not to mention I was always taught that it’s a sin to waste. And if Ciara’s not getting any, it’s a crime against nature. So I honestly don’t know how to take this.

All I do know is that this isn’t the first time it’s happened to Russell Wilson. First Malcolm Butler wouldn’t let him score, and now it’s God. [Drops mic. Walks off the stage.]

@JerryThornton1

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The WBO stripped Floyd Mayweather of his welterweight world title Monday for failing to observe its rules.

Mayweather ignored the 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline for the $200,000 sanctioning fee he owed from his record-breaking May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao.

During his fight against Pacquiao, Mayweather earned over $220 million while the fight broke all financial records for a boxing match, including total gross, pay-per-view subscriptions, foreign television sales and sponsorships.

In addition to his welterweight title, Mayweather will also vacate the two junior middleweight titles he holds.

“The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests,” wrote the WBO in its resolution.

The reason for the sanctioning fee lies with Mayweather’s competition in multiple weight classes. According to WBO rules, this is illegal, so the boxer has ten days to either pick a weight class or pay the sanctioning fee. The WBO gave Mayweather two months.

“The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career,” the WBO wrote. “Mr. Mayweather has always agreed with and understood that world championships have both privileges and responsibilities and that status as WBO champion is subject to and conditioned on compliance with the WBO rules and regulations.”

Mayweather’s advisors were not pleased with the ruling.

“It’s a complete disgrace,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. “Floyd will decide what, or if any, actions he will take. But in the meantime he’s enjoying a couple of hundred million he made from his last outing and this has zero impact on anything he does.

“Floyd Mayweather has a great deal of respect for each and every organization, as he has always had in his 19-year career, but he will not be dictated to by any organization or person as it relates to his decision making.”

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Justin Pallenik