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  •  Mike Ilitch (1+ / 0-)
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    While I see the hypocrisy of using tax payer dollars to build a new stadium for a privately owned sports franchise (even if it is my hometown team, one of the original six), I think it only fair to point out some of the positive things Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has done.

    Ilitch is the founder of Little Caeser's Pizza, and also owns the Detroit Tigers baseball team. In the mid 1980's Ilitch bought and renovated the old Fox Theatre Office Building, which had been abandoned and fallen into disrepair, at a cost of $12 million. He moved his company's offices to it from suburban Detroit, at a time when few were investing i the city.

    Ilitch then built Comerica Park across the street (Woodward Avenue) from the Fox, to replace Tiger Stadium. Ilitch financed over 60% of the cost himself, with the remainder coming from new taxes on car rentals and hotel rooms.

    The area around the Fox and Comerica Park (and now Ford Field, where the NFL Lions play), has been transformed, one of the few bright spots in a city that needs more.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 04:59:54 AM PDT

    •  I love hockey, but I know for a fact.... (1+ / 0-)
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      that in the white northwest part of Michigan where I live many fans watch the Wings because it is a white sport. I've heard numerous rednecks here tell my they never watch the Lions- let alone the now sad Pistons- because those sports have "too many...."  These racist are proud to say they watch hockey because it's "white."

      As for Ilitich, he's a great owner and good corporate Democrat. That, however, doesn't change the fact that every major sports franchise should be publicly owned like the Packers or many utilities.

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