MIKE ILITCH NEWS

The Detroit Red Wings Are In Again

from Craig Custance of ESPN, After the Detroit Red Wings clinched their 23rd consecutive playoff berth on Wednesday night, Detroit sports business reporter Bill Shea pointed out that Mike Ilitch bought the team from the Norris family in 1982 for $8 million. That's roughly what the Red Wings will earn with a few home playoff games this year. It's meant a handsome profit...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings clinch 23rd straight playoffs appearance

It's official…we're headed to the playoffs again!! #23Straight #RedWings — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 10, 2014 It is the longest active playoffs streak in sports. The Boston Bruins own the longest playoffs streak in sports history at 29, so the Wings need six more straight appearances to tie it. Since Mike Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982, the team...
Via Detroit4lyfe
6 days ago  |  Discuss

For love of the game and Detroit

Miguel Cabrera's whopping contract extension with the Detroit Tigers isn't a baseball story. It's a love story -- one that took root several decades ago, when Tigers owner Mike Ilitch was a kid growing up on the streets of Detroit. It was during that time that he developed a love for his city and for baseball. And when you're in love, your "irrational" actions...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' spending power goes from roar to purr

Detroit's failure to extend Max Scherzer shows how owner Mike Ilitch's free-spending ways -- and his cozy relationship with super-agent Scott Boras -- are a thing of the past.
Via FOXSports.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings owners unable to attend Lidstrom ceremony

DETROIT -- There will be a couple of very important empty seats Thursday night when the Red Wings retire Nick Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in a special ceremony. Owners Mike and Marian Ilitch are unable to attend. In a statement, Mike Ilitch said: "While Marian and I would love to be there, we won't be at tomorrow's jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom. This past year...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings’ owners issue statement regarding absence from Lidstrom retirement ceremony

From the Wings: STATEMENT FROM MIKE ILITCH The following statement is attributable to Mike Ilitch owner, Detroit Red Wings: “While Marian and I would love to be there, we won’t be at tomorrow’s jersey retirement for Nick Lidstrom.  This past year, I had a medical procedure that has kept me out of the spotlight for awhile.  I feel much better now, and I’m stronger...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kate Upton visits Justin Verlander at Spring Training

Supermodel Kate Upton took time to visit her boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, on Friday. Can you believe we didn’t see this hit the web until Saturday? Denise Ilitch, daughter of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, snapped a photo of Kate wearing a Tigers hat and looking very uh — cute? Good for Kate and Justin. More important to baseball fans will be whether or not...
Via Tireball.com
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Regner: Ilitch will do whatever it takes to win World Series

As the offseason turns to the Grapefruit League season, the perception among some Tiger fans remains that the team decided to go on the cheap, dumping salaries to slash payroll. Although I continue to struggle with the Doug Fister trade, begrudgingly, I'm willing to give it some time to see if it benefits the team in the long run. Shedding Prince Fielder -- although the Tigers...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

A Recent Interview With Mike & Marian Ilitch

from Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal, At age 84, Ilitch is as emotionally and financially vested in his teams as ever, but he has begun to maintain a lower profile. He rarely gives interviews these days, and some of his children have assumed part of the leadership responsibilities of the teams. But on a recent morning in Boca Raton, Fla., Ilitch and his wife, Marian...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #35

The Cubs will play an intrasquad exhibition game on Wednesday just before they open the Cactus League season against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.  We’re ever so much closer to Opening Day, so keep up with our countdown lineup. The 1935 World Series The Detroit Tigers were one of the hardest-luck franchises for the longest time, if you could believe that.  Despite having...
Via World Series Dreaming
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy: Rooting for Russia now

Back in 1980, Vladislav Tretiak and Slava Fetisov represented everything we in the United States feared and hated. The Soviet Union -- those commie bastards -- had just invaded Afghanistan and certainly would annihilate us if we didn't possess the power to strike right back, assuring mutual destruction. Sending Tretiak to an early shower in Lake Placid, N.Y., then completing...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomas Jurco Back Up for Detroit Red Wings

Mike Ilitch may as well petition the state for a high-speed rail line between Detroit and Grand Rapids. Hopping on the road back to the Motor City Tuesday: forward Tomas Jurco. UPDATE: The #RedWings have recalled Tomas Jurco from @griffinshockey. — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 14, 2014 No specific word what this means for the lineup Thursday at New York, though...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Ilitch Part Of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business

from SportsBusiness Journal, Easily the most diverse group in the five years of the honor highlights this year’s class of The Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business. The award recognizes the architects and builders of sports, and the 2014 class brings together six honorees who have done that in all corners of the industry and with very different roads in getting...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Thank You Mike Ilitch

from John Paul Morosi of FoxSports, On New Year's Day, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather at America's largest football stadium to watch a hockey game. It will be a spectacle, because of the setting (Michigan Stadium), the ancient rivals (the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs), the prospect of a world-record crowd, the sheer curiosity in the sports...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Morosi: Winter Classic perfect chance to cheer Detroit icon Ilitch

On New Year's Day, more than 100,000 people are expected to gather at America's largest football stadium to watch a hockey game. It will be a spectacle, because of the setting (Michigan Stadium), the ancient rivals (the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs), the prospect of a world-record crowd, the sheer curiosity in the sports version of a hey-wouldn't-this-be...
Via Fox Sports
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Sportsnet examines ‘The Red Wings’ Way’ established under Mike Ilitch’s ownership

Given the Forbes report regarding the Red Wings' and every other team's present valuations, as well as Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea's article about the "succession plans" of teams like the Wings given that Mike Ilitch is 83 years old, Sportsnet's Ryan Dixon offers something of a timely article about the ways in which Mr. I helped transform...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' offense sputters in Game 3 loss to Red Sox

DETROIT -- Mike Ilitch has spent millions of dollars trying to create the exact situation the Tigers faced on Tuesday night. Game 3 of the ALCS, with his ace pitching a masterpiece and his two best hitters coming up to the plate in the biggest situation of the day. Down 1-0 in the eighth inning, but with runners on the corners and only one out. That's why the Tigers were willing...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' offense sputters in Game 3 loss to Red Sox

DETROIT -- Mike Ilitch has spent millions of dollars trying to create the exact situation the Tigers faced on Tuesday night. Game 3 of the ALCS, with his ace pitching a masterpiece and his two best hitters coming up to the plate in the biggest situation of the day. Down 1-0 in the eighth inning, but with runners on the corners and only one out. That's why the Tigers were willing...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Tigers' singing hot dog man fired

If you've ever been to a Detroit Tigers game or watched one on TV, you've probably heard in the background Charley Marcuse, 'The Singing Hot Dog Man. He has been a fixture at the ball park for the last 15 years, selling hot dogs and singing "hot dogs." It's also well known by Tigers fans that he despises ketchup on hot dogs and he wants you to as well...
Via The Outside Corner
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers could be a player for Yankees' Robinson Cano

Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has a pretty hefty payroll. But he has shown that he's willing to spend to get that elusive World Series trophy. The Tigers are contenders this year and might be in the market for a second baseman if Omar Infante leaves in free agency. One player that has been mentioned is New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. “Owner Mike Ilitch...
Via Just Sports And Just Us
August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

New Red Wings Hockey Arena to Receive Tax Dollars Despite City Being Bankrupt, Concerns About Basic Services

LANSING, Mich. — A state board unanimously gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a new Red Wings hockey arena in downtown Detroit to be paid for in part with $284 million in tax dollars even as the broke city works through bankruptcy proceedings. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others defended against criticism that the $650 million project should be financed entirely with private money...
Via NESN.com
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Wings still get new arena?

The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to play in a new arena soon, not far from where the Tigers are defending their American League title and the Lions will soon start another football season. All this in a city that is filing for bankruptcy, a decision that follows years of decline. Detroit owes billions to creditors and its revenues, like its population, drop each year. Yet it'...
Via Fox Sports
July 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Ilitch’s New Something Is Better Than Nothing For Detroit

Welcome to a weekly column by Kyle Bauer on various happenings in national and local sports.  Agree or disagree with the author? Please comment below or let him know your thoughts by email,kylebauerdsn@gmail.com or twitter, @kyle_bauer   From the late-80s to early 00s the Joe Louis Arena was the world’s warmest concrete casket–for a time, even one of the loudest. But the city...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

$650 million complex proposed for Red Wings’ new home

AP It’s no secret that Joe Louis Arena needs to be replaced.  And it’s no secret that Red Wings’ owner Mike Ilitch wants to see a new generation of Red Wings before it’s too late.  While his wishes aren’t totally across the goal line, Pavel Datsyuk is skating in on the goaltender one-on-one.  The Detroit Downtown Development Authority approved the foundation of a deal Wednesday...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings and DDA announce $650 million dollar arena plan… but can Detroit afford it?

Good news Red Wings fans, those long lines to use the restrooms, lack of amenities while attending Red Wings games and making sure a life insurance policy is in hand while climbing the JLA steps may soon be coming to an end. Wednesday, the Wings and the Downtown Development Authority announced a $650 million plan for a new 18,000 seat arena and entertainment district that would replace...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

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