Bucks players live the sweet life

The Bucks hashtag for the season is Buck up, but maybe they should change it to perk up. The players live a sweet life.

“I live for free,” Defensive end Brenden Daly said. “I eat at the one of the eight or nine locations we have sponsorships with.”

And that’s just the start for players fortunate enough to don a Bismarck uniform. The team stays in Mandan and is housed in three bedroom apartments. Each room has a king size bed and a flat screen TV.

“Guys can come in and they don’t have any worries whatsoever about their living,” General Manager Richard Davis said. “We actually pride ourselves on the fact that we live well.”

Meals are provided through sponsorships with local restaurants. They also stock the refrigerators with milk, bread and a few breakfast items.

“I’ve gained 10 pounds since I’ve been here,” Daly said. “So I eat good and I live good here in Bismarck.”

The biggest perk is the Bucks provided health insurance for length of the season.

“It’s quite a commitment on the ownerships part,” Davis said. “We are talking $1700 or $1800 a month per player for the full package per player built in.”

With 22 players on the active roster, the costs can add up quick. But with a playoff-bound team in the organizations first year, the investments have already paid dividends.

“All I have to do is worry about staying healthy,” Daly said. “And showing up to practice and being ready.”

The Bucks play their final regular season game this Saturday against the Bloomington Edge at the Bismarck Event Center. Kickoff at 7:05 p.m.

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