Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic: Bucks Re-Up with FSW
The Giannis effect: The Bucks sign a 7-year, $200 million local TV deal with Fox Sports Wisconsin. Here's SBJ's story. https://t.co/chWqmSCUxK— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) June 5, 2018
Until the middle of next decade, the Milwaukee Bucks will be playing their games on Fox Sports Wisconsin. The deal averages out to $28.57 million a year, but will have annual increases as opposed to a flat, evenly spread out fee.
Like the first three words in the embedded tweet state, this is largely due to the Giannis effect. With the NBA being such a star powered league, and with the Bucks having one of the youngest All-Stars in the league, more attention is being paid to the team and mostly to see what Giannis does game in and game out.
Increased interest in the team is reflected in its local RSN ratings that this past season rose almost 6 percent to its highest TV ratings in more than 12 years. The team’s 2.30 rating last season placed the Bucks in the top half of the league.
Now that the Bucks have a competent coaching staff in place and a roster that is ready to reach their full potential, the Bucks’ local eyeballs will only go up.
Tonight’s (off) topic:
It’s darn near impossible to win a title without at least one All-Star and two or three fringe All-Stars in the starting lineup. This is a great quiz illustrating that fact and it is really interesting to see how much help the leading Win Share player received when their respective team won a title.
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