MIKE ILITCH NEWS

Red Wings overnight report: On competing legacies, public appearances and ‘misheard lyrics’

For the second Sunday in a row, a business-related cover story by the Detroit Free Press kicks off the overnight report, but we're not talking about a massive rink and arena district plan this morning; instead, we're discussing a comparison between business entities that the rink project made inevitable. The Free Press's John Gallagher compares the approaches made by...
Via Kukla's Korner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings News: New stadium in the plans

The Detroit Red Wings are getting a new arena and it will be ready in the summer of 2017. The project for the Red Wings new arena has started. It will be on the Northern Edge of downtown Detroit. The rink will take up dozens of blocks. The Ilitch family said in a statement about the location, "it will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Avenue" Mrmiscellanious...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The District Detroit, including new Red Wings arena unveiled

The full press release is below: DETROIT – Olympia Development of Michigan today announced plans for a sweeping transformation of dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit into a world-class Sports and Entertainment District. The project will connect existing and new development efforts in downtown and midtown Detroit along Woodward Avenue with five walkable...
Via Detroit4lyfe
9 days ago  |  Discuss

New Red Wings Arena and entertainment district to be open by Summer 2017

It has been a long-time coming but Detroit is finally getting its new arena. In the summer of 2017 construction will be completed on the Red Wings new state of the art facility, which will cost over 400 million dollars. Along with this, the Ilitch Organization has plans beyond just an arena. They are planning to create a sports and entertainment district. The project, which will...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
10 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Ilitch organization announce new Red Wings arena plans

Sunday marked a big day for Mike Ilitch and his business and sports conglomerate when the plans for the new Red Wings arena/district were made public. The $650M dollar projected project (which will be financed by roughly 60-percent of public dollars) will sit in the Cass Corridor district of Detroit stretching all the way up to the FOX Town area through Comerica Park onto Brush Street...
Via The Majors Detroit
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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
April 10, 2014  |  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
April 09, 2014  |  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
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers extend Miguel Cabrera with record-setting contract extension

Someday it will stop snowing, and someday Mike Ilitch will die. But until then, the Detroit Tigers are going to spend money without regard to their (or anyone else’s) reality.  After failing to extend Max Scherzer last week, the AL Central rival Tigers decided to make two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera the highest paid player in the history of baseball, with an eight year extension through...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 27, 2014  |  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

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

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

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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