Antetokounmpo brothers buy stake in Major League Soccer team Nashville SC
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Dominating the sport of basketball is only the tip of the sports iceberg for Giannis Antetokounmpo, according to reports from ESPN.
Giannis is joining his brothers Thanasis, Alex and Kostas in siding with a group of investors that have acquired a stake of Nashville SC of Major League Soccer. Giannis and Thanasis both play for the Milwaukee Bucks, while Alex plays for the G-League's Wisconsin Herd and Kostas plays professional basketball in Turkey.
BREAKING: Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg have joined the ownership group of Nashville SC. Antetokounmpo's brothers Thanasis, Kostas and Alex have also joined the ownership group: https://t.co/TRKdSTpR4S#EveryoneN— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) March 2, 2023
Terms of the ownership agreement have not yet been disclosed, according to ESPN soccer correspondent Jeff Carlisle, but as a comparison: Phoenix Suns' star Kevin Durant recently purchased a 5% slice of the MLS squad Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia 76ers' James Harden previously became a 5% stakeholder of Houston Dynamo FC.
Giannis told ESPN that soccer was the first sport that he fell in love with, being inspired by his father Charles who played professional soccer in Nigeria and Germany.
"Like, we've really fought to be in the big leagues, to be there, to be acknowledged, and somebody came and gave us an opportunity. And at the same time, for us to not only give the sport of soccer an opportunity to grow but [be known] overseas as well."
Thanasis further discussed what the move means to the Antetokounmpo brothers beyond the professional aspect, saying, "I know he'll be so proud of us today, that this is happening."
The brothers also told ESPN about their excitement about this endeavor taking place in Nashville, with Giannis referring to Nashville as " ... a team and a city that we wanted to get involved with. I couldn't be more excited to join the Boys in Gold and can't wait to come to a match at GEODIS Park soon!"