|It's Hard to Follow a Crime Family's Professional Team.
||[May. 18th, 2005|08:38 pm]
|[||In the Moment
|||||Drinkin' Haterade (Again)||]|
The latest bungle of the Mike Ilitch family.
You know how we do in Detroit.
Beg, borrow, steal, lie.
What does this have to do with baseball, you ask?
From the linked Metrotimes article:
Since the Tigers left that stadium at the end of the 1999 season for their new home at Comerica Park, the ball club, owned by Little Caesar’s pizza magnate Mike Ilitch, has maintained the facility and provided security at a cost of about $420,000 per year. The money came from a $2 million fund collected from a 90-cent per ticket surcharge while the old stadium was still in use. The money was earmarked to either provide for maintenance of the facility until a new use was found or, absent that, pay for the stadium’s demolition. Based on payments made to the Tigers since the stadium closed, the fund is almost gone.
In October 2001, in the waning days of then-Mayor Dennis Archer’s administration, a representative of the Planning Department told City Council that a credible developer with solid financial backing had been found.
“So we do have a developer,” council was assured. But the deal never materialized. Once Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took over, the proposed developer, Nonrahs-Sinacola Stadium Redevelopment LLC, was literally shut out by the city when it was not allowed to enter the stadium to perform the necessary evaluations for the deal to move ahead.
Kwame's paying off thousands he used the city's credit card to obtain for his personal benefit.
I won't bother linking just one dirty deed on the hands of the members of the Detroit City Council.
How does this inefficiency and indecency happen?
Well, I stopped buying the pizza for a while . . . I think I'll go back to that personal effort, no matter how inefficient that might be to bringing this Greek monolith down.
Get a load of the new grounds that the Tigers call 'home' in this year's All-Star Game.
Oh yeah, don't forget that they announced this important event during the Great Blackout of 2003.