Sports – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:08:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Old Joe Louis Arena Seats Drop In Price To $50 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:02:44 +0000 This might be your last chance to take home a piece of Joe Louis Arena, home to the Red Wings and countless concert memories from 1979-2017.

The old Joe seats are being sold starting at $50 for the next two weeks. There are fancier seats available for a bit more money.

This is quite the price drop. Back in May, if you wanted a specific seat, they cost $200 each with a two-seat minimum for season ticket holders.

For this round, you’ll need to buy at least two, and if you want them to be free-standing you’ll need to add feet (that they conveniently sell for at least another $94).

There’s more for sale, including artwork, billboards, lighting, locker room fixtures, red railings from the riverfront entrance, and signage. That will to happen on Tuesday, October 23 online. The auction starts at 8 a.m. and lasts one day.

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Changes Coming To Tigers TV Booth As Impemba & Allen Are Out Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:32:52 +0000

The Detroit Tigers will have a new TV broadcast team next season. Both Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have not had their contracts renewed following reports of an altercation last month after a game in Chicago against the White Sox.

The Detroit News cites inside sources saying that Impemba made $500,000 a year and Rod Allen about $350,000.

Allen and Impemba have had a contentious relationship off the field and were suspended following the incident in Chicago. Lynn Henning has a walkthrough of what is believed to have happened.

The pair had been the Tigers second-longest lasting broadcast team, with more than 2,000 games under their belts.

There’s no word from either the Tigers or Fox Sports Detroit about who will replace them.

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Little Caesars Arena To Spend $3.5 Million To Swap Seats From Red To Black Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:38:35 +0000

Ilitch Holdings, the company behind Little Caesars Arena, has made the decision to replace their boldly colored red stadium seats with black seats. Turns out the arena looks rather empty with all of the empty seats… and the red seats make it worse on TV.

So in phases, it will spend $3.5 million to replace the 18,500 seats. In the meantime, black covers will be placed over the chairs.

One of the reasons the fans haven’t been showing up is the Pistons haven’t seen the playoffs in almost a decade, and the Red Wings have been in rebuild mode the past couple of years.

Ticket prices have also increased for both teams, which is at least partly to be expected given the new digs. But it makes for a tough draw when both teams are struggling.

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Is Steve Yzerman Headed Back To The Red Wings? Maybe. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 01:37:38 +0000

Could Detroit Red Wings legend Stevie Yzerman be heading back to the Motor City? Maybe. Yzerman stepped down from his job as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lighting Tuesday, a position he’s held since 2010.

According to The Athletic’s Joe Smith, Yzerman told players in Tampa that he’s heading back to Detroit. It’s unclear if he meant to go home — he has family here — or to pick up a new job.

A CBS Anchor in Tampa, Justin Granit, said on Twitter that Yzerman is coming home to join the Wings.

Under Yzerman, the Lightning have reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once.

He also was the executive director for the Canadian men’s hockey team for both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic games.

Yzerman is no stranger to the Red Wings front office. For a time after his playing career, Yzerman worked as the Detroit Red Wings’ vice president and alternate governor, which is the name given for the NHL’s governing body.

Last, but not least, Yzerman was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 in his first year of eligibility.

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PODCAST: Tension in the Tigers booth, Greg Migliore of Autoblog talks cars and your Detroit news Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:18:28 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit podcast for September 6, 2018.

Our feature conversation is with Greg Migliore of Autoblog, where we talk about Ford, Tesla, and what’s happening in the car business after our headlines.

– Tigers fans were surprised on Wednesday night to see neither Mario Impemba or Rod Allen calling the game against the Chicago White Sox. First-reported by the Athletic, the altercation between the two Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters happened immediately after the Tigers’ 8-3 win in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday. An unnamed source who witnessed it said the incident was, quote, “severe.”

– Straight-ticket voting is no longer a thing in Michigan — at least for this November’s election. That’s where you have the option to check one box and have all of your votes go to candidates of that party down the ballot.

– Bloomberg reports that Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert is looking to exit the casino business… including his Jack Casino in Detroit. He’s already lined up two prominent banks – Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse – and Bloomberg says that Caesars Entertainment is among the possible bidders that have expressed interest in some of the properties. They recently completed a $1.7 billion deal in Indiana.

– Late-breaking news for fans of 1970s cinema: Legendary actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was 82.

– It’s going to be 90 days in jail for Former state senator Bert Johnson. U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman handed down the sentence Thursday for stealing more than $23,000 from taxpayers through a ghost employee. That’s where the employee gets paid for a job they don’t have to show up for.

– The popular Union Woodshop barbecue restaurant in Clarkston is getting an outdoor mural courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

– An Ann Arbor favorite, Frita Batidos, is coming to Detroit. The cuban restaurant will open a 2,400 square foot location on Columbia street just west of Woodward. The Detroit menu will be the same as its Ann Arbor location, but with a twist… an express menu for game days.

– The 3rd Annual City College Series to Benefit Detroit Public Schools K-5 is back. The University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s basketball team will host Wayne State in an exhibition charity game on November 3rd at Calihan Hall.

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LISTEN: Detroit City FC’s Ambitions & Fieldhouse Updates With Sean Mann, CEO Sun, 26 Aug 2018 15:57:59 +0000

If you’re a regular listener of the Daily Detroit podcast, you know that Detroit City FC recently completed its 2018 season on a bit of a disappointing note, missing the NPSL playoffs after going all the way to the semifinals last year.

Now the team’s owners are renewing their push to join a professional soccer league, possibly forming a new league with several other teams. I recently spoke with Sean Mann, the team’s CEO and a co-owner, to find out more.

BTW, Here’s a video of the construction and how it’s coming along of the bar:

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Listen: Auto Show To June, Brandstatter Out, Campus Martius Improvements & Hatch Detroit Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:19:12 +0000

New podcast! Right under the deadline for finishing the show, we got word that the Detroit City Council has unanimously voted for a new Cass-Henry Historic District. We’ll dive into that more tomorrow…

The North American International Auto Show looks like it is moving dates, and now we have a good idea as to when. Multiple media reports say that the show will move from January to June in 2020.

Detroit’s historic Bonstelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue is being decommissioned by Wayne State University

It used to be that Detroit and Michigan were places where black families made progress on home ownership compared to the rest of the country. That’s no longer the case…

Jim Brandstatter’s 31-year run as color commentator for the Detroit Lions has come to an end….

The popular Campus Martius Park beach is getting a makeover…

We now have the exact dates the PGA TOUR is coming to the city of Detroit in 2019…

And we have a conversation with Vittoria Katanski and Ashley Hennen of Hatch Detroit about the annual contest that has helped jumpstart some of the notable local names in Detroit’s retail scene and how you can get involved.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:56:33 +0000

We talk about City’s 4-3 away loss at Kalamazoo FC to close out its National Premier League Soccer campaign and what the team needs to focus on to get back into the playoffs next season. We even touch on division winner AFC Ann Arbor’s playoff prospects, since Sharpe also covers the Mighty Oak for Midfield

Next, we catch up on all things World Cup, including red-hot Belgium’s chances in the semifinals against France, England’s annoying “It’s coming home” mantra and Croatia’s formidable midfield.


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Listen: Royal Oak. Restaurant Rumble, This Week In Detroit City FC With Fletcher Sharpe Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:43:24 +0000

And we’re back from the summer holiday week… and right into a rumble among Royal Oak, Michigan restaurants in regard to parking and the future of the city. We also dive into some recent closings around Detroit and openings…

Also, should rangers at Michigan State Parks carry guns? In other state park news – specifically Belle Isle – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is scheduled to present their proposal to bring the race back to the the island next year...

Olympia Development, residents and the city are tussling over the possibility of a historic district near the new Little Caesars Arena…

Detroit’s beloved Better Made Snack Foods is going to expand to many more states around the nation…

The city of Detroit says that more than 8,000 young people from age 14 to 24 will get six weeks of on-the job experiences and job training….

Woodward Avenue is getting national love on the new PBS series “10 Streets That Changed America.” Be sure to check that out Tuesday…

Fletcher Sharpe joins us to talk Detroit City FC. His tip? You’re going to want to see these international friendlies coming up in the next few weeks…

And, just for kicks, we remind you about a funny and entertaining series at Go Comedy! Improv Theater you’ll want to check out on Thursday, Let’s Just Say: Admire.

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LISTEN: Fletcher Sharpe’s This Week In Detroit City FC Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:33:22 +0000

Fletcher Sharpe joins the Daily Detroit News Byte to talk about this week in Detroit City FC. There will be no post-season for LeRouge and Fletcher brings us up to speed.

And, as they’re both soccer nerds, Sven and Fletcher dive into talking about the World Cup.

There’s one more regular season game left in Kalamazoo for DCFC, then a short series of friendlies. Fletcher appears on Monday’s shows.


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