Prince Fielder’s Economic Impact for Detroit — and Milwaukee

If you’re a baseball fan, you already know that the ground shook last week when the Detroit Tigers signed slugger Prince Fielder. His nine-year, $214 million contract cost the Tigers as much as Ford plans to spendĀ on a new engine plant in Brazil.

Prince Fielder at his first Detroit Tigers press conference

ButĀ Crain’s Detroit Business says the Tigers — and Detroit — can afford the former Milwaukee Brewers star.

That word comes from Chris Ilitch, the son of Tigers’ owner Michael Ilitch, and the president of Illitch Family Holdings, Inc., the family’s group of companies that includes pizza giant Little Caesar’s Enterprises.

Those companies, including the Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit’s Motor City casino, generate about $4 billion in annual revenue.

In 2010, the latest year for which information is available, the Tigers had annual revenue of $192 million, according to Forbes.com. Continue reading “Prince Fielder’s Economic Impact for Detroit — and Milwaukee”

Why Midwest Cities Love Outdoor Hockey Games

CLEVELAND — On Sunday afternoon, I was one of the 25,864 people shivering in 27 degree temperatures at Progressive Field, watching the Frozen Diamond, a face off between the Michigan and Ohio State hockey teams.

U-Mich faced OSU in the Frozen Diamond/photo by Micki Maynard

The Wolverines won, 4-1 — perhaps not the outcome that Buckeyes fans hoped for, but the event made Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro happy. “Pretty cool, out there, isn’t it?” Shapiro told reporters before the game.

And no wonder: the Indians have turned what is normally an empty baseball park into a center for winter activities in Cleveland. The Frozen Diamond was the centerpiece of Snow Days, where patrons can skate, go tubing down an artificial outfield slope, and take part in other activities.

Cleveland was the latest Midwest city to use its stadium for an outdoor hockey match. And, it’s likely that more games are in our region’s future. Continue reading “Why Midwest Cities Love Outdoor Hockey Games”