Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/27/12
Mike Ilitch decided on a whim to add 214 million to the Detroit Tigers payroll this week. He just went out and signed Prince Fielder, saying he goes by instincts. Once they heard the news, the natural instinct of baseballs have-nots might have been to barf. While Ilitch is doling out hundreds of millions to one guy, other teams have to scrape and scratch to increase their revenue pie. Ilitch can afford to spend more than he takes in with the Tigers because he and his wife have lucrative other revenue streams from pizza and casinos. Both own Little Caesars Pizza. Marian Ilitch owns controlling interest in MotorCity Casino in Detroit. How well does MotorCity do? The Ilitch Companies web site states in a bio of the pair entitled Our Story that in 2008, MotorCity completed a 300 million expansion project adding a new luxury hotel, spa, conference center, several restaurants, a 1,800-seat theatre and permanent casino. Safe to say that venture was not done on instinct. Contrast that to t...
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