Sports – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:52:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 PODCAST: Dan Dickerson On The Cold Start To The Baseball Season, The Tigers In ’68 And Now Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:37:10 +0000

The voice of the Detroit Tigers, Dan Dickerson, joined us on the Daily Detroit News Byte on Monday. You can listen on the player above. It’s cued up to where his interview starts.

Sven Gustafson caught up with Dickerson at the unveiling of the plans for celebrating the 1968 season half a century later. We talked about his memories as a kid during the ’68 season, the impact of cold weather on the MLB season and if the league should consider shortening it, and the prospects for the Tigers this season.

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PODCAST: Voice Of The Tigers Dan Dickerson, Why Did So Many Lose Power, Michigan Runner Wins Boston Marathon Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:57:13 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Monday, April 16th, 2018.

  • So why did the weather knock out power to so many people in Metro Detroit? We talked to DTE Energy’s Morgan Elliot Andahazy about why this storm hit us so hard.
  • A local runner becomes the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.
  • Detroit water shutoffs will continue in May and 17,000 homes are at risk of losing service
  • Construction begins —and protest follows — to prepare Belle Isle for the Grand Prix
  • And our special guest today is Dan Dickerson, the voice of the Detroit Tigers. Today kicked off a celebration of that special 1968 season fifty years ago. We talk baseball of yesterday and today.

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PODCAST: Moroun Wants Trump To Stop The Howe Bridge To Canada, I-696, Detroit Champions Week and Hope Closet Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:12:00 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte For Thursday, April 12th, 2018.

  • The Moroun family asks Donald Trump to stop the Gordie Howe International Bridge
  • I-696 work to begin Monday, and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts is worred about rats. 
  • Love sports? Celebrate the victories of yesteryear as Detroit Champions Week is almost here
  • And Shianne Nocerini tells us about a special boutique where anyone, no matter how much money they make, can get a prom dress

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Detroit City FC Picks Up Lyft As Jersey Sponsors Thu, 12 Apr 2018 02:25:04 +0000 Detroit’s top soccer team is getting a sponsorship lift — or should I say, Lyft?

The Detroit City Football Club (known as DCFC) announced Wednesday that the ridesharing company Lyft has become their title sponsor for the 2018 season, as well as their official rideshare partner. It’s Lyft’s first sports team jersey sponsorship.

The Lyft logo will appear on the front of all jerseys worn by Detroit City FC players in 2018 and a designated Lyft drop-off and pickup zone will be established at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.

The Lyft pickup spot will be located at the corner of Goodson Street and Gallagher Avenue.

“It means a lot to our club to have a title partner like Lyft,” said Detroit City FC co-owner Sean Mann in a statement. “Since our beginning, we have oriented our club to be rooted in the community and strived to connect people through soccer. Lyft shares the values of our club, and helps us address the limited parking around Keyworth Stadium, which is nestled in the middle of Michigan’s densest community.”

Additionally, Lyft will serve as the official sponsor of Detroit City FC’s Neighborhood Champion program, which is a season-long initiative designed to grow the sport of soccer in Detroit by bringing residents to DCFC matches. In partnership with Lyft, Detroit City FC will provide transportation, tickets, and co-branded giveaways to community members of select Detroit neighborhood groups for certain home matches.

DCFC and Lyft will also host a youth soccer clinic at Keyworth Stadium this summer.

Not only that, but if you take a Lyft in you’ll get additional benefits including premium entry to Keyworth Stadium at The Lyft Gate. And to top it off? $1 off drinks at Keyworth Stadium before kickoff.

Two Cents: This could be a really smart move for Lyft, as although the big four sports teams draw large crowds, DCFC draws not only a sizable crowd but a lot of millennial attendees. Personally, I’ve been to a couple of DCFC games through Lyft because parking in Hamtramck is tight — and there are tasty adult beverages to be had at Keyworth.

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Looking To Get Home After Tigers Opening Day? Here’s A Half-Off Ride Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:07:41 +0000 Although the weather is looking a little questionable for tomorrow’s opening day game where our Detroit Tigers are taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates, here’s a deal for you to get home safely.

Wallside Windows has partnered with ride-sharing company Lyft to provide half-off rides home.

The deal is extended for rides up to $30 (where Wallside will pay half). If your Lyft ride costs more than $30, they’ll throw in $15 toward the bill.

“At Wallside Windows, we love the Tigers,” said Chief of Staff Adam Blanck. “We want to make sure everyone who celebrates our team gets home safely on Opening Day.”

Fans departing Comerica Park will be able to enter WALLSIDE2018 as a promo code in the Lyft app before requesting a ride.

Here is the two-step process in the Lyft App:

There are still tickets available for Thursday’s game. 

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LISTEN: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb’s Terrible Roads & More Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:50:49 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

  • Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station
  • Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement
  • Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits
  • Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses
  • Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all
  • Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again
  • You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year
  • A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown
  • Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit

And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood.

Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 

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Detroit Tigers Decide To Go With One ‘D’ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:34:57 +0000 Although the old english ‘D’ of the Detroit Tigers is considered iconic, in fact, the uniforms have changed more than 50 times since 1901.

Today brings another change. The pointier ‘D’ on the baseball cap is going to be replicated on the home jersey. For awhile, the home jersey has been adorned with the stylized “D” – but one that has a rounded right top.

“I love the history of our great game and its traditions, and I’m thrilled that we are embracing a singular Olde English ‘D’, as the team did almost a century ago,” said Tigers legend Al Kaline in a statement. “It was a really sharp looking logo when we started wearing it on our ballcaps in 1968, and that certainly rings true today. I am looking forward to seeing our players wear the unified Olde English ‘D’ this season.”

The Tigers organization says that the ‘D’ had been used on the jerseys of the Detroit Tigers of the Western League since the late 19th century, and it was first used by the Tigers in the Major Leagues in 1904. It is identified by the noticeably curly returns at both top and bottom of the ‘D’ with the bars in the center of the logo turning inward. Additionally, research conducted by both Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers revealed that the cap ‘D’ is the preferred mark of Tigers fans.

Tigers fans, according to survey data, are 3x more likely to say the cap ‘D’ best represents the Tigers, and 3.5x more likely to say it best represents the city of Detroit.

Do you like the change?

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Detroit Named As One Of Just 4 Finalists For Two Major League Soccer Teams Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:02:23 +0000 Detroit, along with Cincinnatti, Nashville and Sacramento are finalists for two slots to be awarded in the next round of expansion for Major League Soccer.

“The leaders of the Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento MLS expansion ownership groups have bold visions and innovative plans for their clubs, stadiums and their involvement in their respective communities,” said Don Garber, Commissioner of Major League Soccer. “We are pleased these highly-respected business and sports leaders have been so determined to bring Major League Soccer to their cities. We have been greatly encouraged by the progress that all four of these groups have made and we are looking forward to their presentations.”

Some pundits didn’t think Detroit had a chance, as we’ve been following for quite awhile here on Daily Detroit. They have been proven wrong, with Detroit’s joint bid from billionaires Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores utilizing Ford Field becoming a finalist.

Some thought Detroit would be disqualified because they are using a multipurpose facility in Ford Field, but with this and previous developments, never discount Gilbert and Gores from making something happen.

Formal pitches will be made to the MLS expansion committee on December 6. The next step after that is a board of governors meeting on December 14.

The four ownership teams vying for one of the two spots are:

Cincinnati: Carl H. Lindner III – Co-CEO of American Financial Group and Owner, Chairman and CEO of FC Cincinnati; Scott Farmer – CEO of Cintas Corporation.

Detroit: Dan Gilbert – Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, Inc.; Tom Gores – Owner of the Detroit Pistons and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Platinum Equity.

Nashville: John Ingram – Chairman of Ingram Industries Inc. and CEO Nashville Soccer Holdings; Wilf Family – owners of the Minnesota Vikings; Turner Family – Managing Partners of MarketStreet Enterprises.

Sacramento: Kevin Nagle – Managing Partner of Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings and Minority Owner of the Sacramento Kings. Jed York – CEO of the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Mark Friedman – President of Fulcrum Property Group and Minority Owner of the Sacramento Kings, and other limited partners.

We will know by the end of the year if Detroit will be home to a Major League Soccer team as part of this round of expansion.

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SI Report: Detroit Not Getting Major League Soccer Team Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:40:02 +0000 Detroit’s bid for a Major League Soccer team continues to have signs that, despite all of the positive press Team Gilbert/Gores want to foist on the local media around this, it is not going anywhere.

The latest is in a report by Grant Wahl in Sports Illustrated that cites industry insiders that Cincinnati, Nashville, Sacramento and a fourth entrant, Miami, with another bid being put together by star David Beckham that’s a separate item.

I’m being told the two expansion teams will likely come from a group of three cities that includes Sacramento, Nashville and Cincinnati. Keep in mind, David Beckham’s Miami expansion team is viewed separately by the league, and while the due diligence by new Miami investor Todd Boehly is taking longer than expected, I’m told that a formal announcement is set to happen in the coming months.

Wahl is knowledgable as a senior writer at SI and host of the Planet Futbol podcast.

MAKING SENSE OF IT ALL: In context, this makes the “move” of the MLS bid to Ford Field make a lot more sense. If Gilbert and Gores already know they’re not getting it, then you can’t very well tell Wayne County officials you’re putting a Major League Soccer stadium on the spot of the former jail, right? If that’s the case, you say your bid has “changed” to include Ford Field and try again next time.

AND THEN: That land that was going to hold a soccer stadium is now part of possible land swap to do residential and commercial development at I-375 and Gratiot with the jail possibly moving to Warren and I-75.

Local opposition has been quickly mounting in the Cultural Center part of Midtown to the jail plan (roughly from I-94 to I-75 to Warren to Woodward).

Under the plan, the new Wayne County jail would be moved from the downtown to right across the freeway from one of Detroit’s most successful neighborhoods on the site of a current bus maintenance center and built by Gilbert’s folks.

The vote on the land swap has been delayed by Detroit City Council citing a lack of community engagement.

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Renderings For New MLS Team Used DCFC Designs, Design Firm Apologizes Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:39:49 +0000 It’s a flap that design firm Rosetti has already apologized for, but it’s another slight in the ongoing saga between the crowdfunded Detroit City Football Club and the bid for the Major League Soccer team.

In renderings for the new deal between Ford Field and the proposed MLS team ownership, the Detroit News reported that the stands are selling DCFC merchandise. Here’s a tweet showing the image.

And here’s the apology from design firm ROSSETTI.

There seems to be little love lost between the two groups. Earlier, the billionaire ownership team tried to register Detroit City Soccer Club as a trademark and were denied. A request is pending for “Motor City Soccer Club” as well as names close to that.

One has to ask: Why was the DCFC merchandise even there in the first place?

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