In signing Fielder, Ilitch isn’t stretching dough

By Bill SheaCrain’s Detroit BusinessPublished: January 29, 2012 In signing Fielder, Ilitch isn’t stretching dough No, the iconic Little Caesars $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza isn’t increasing in price to pay for superstar slugger Prince Fielder’s new nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. Ticket prices, set for the 2012 season in December, won’t suddenly go…

McCourt, MLB Reach Agreement To Sell Dodgers

By Mike PescaNPRPublished: November 2, 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball have reached an agreement to put the team up for sale. While McCourt’s ownership has been widely seen as a disaster for the club, it will still likely sell for nearly three times what he paid for it. TranscriptROBERT…

Stafford’s injuries could hurt Lions, too: Ticket sales may take it on the chin

By Bill SheaCrain’s Detroit BusinessPublished: November 21, 2010 Second-year quarterback Matthew Stafford literally is the poster boy for the rebuilding Detroit Lions, appearing on billboards and other marketing materials aimed at selling tickets. Fans, however, may not be interested in buying individual game or season tickets to watch second-stringer Shaun Hill pressed into service at…

Assets like Astros’ park, TV network should land deal

By David BarronThe Houston ChroniclePublished: November 20, 2010 Whether it takes six months, a year or longer for Drayton McLane to sell the Astros, the combination of a state-of-the-art ballpark, a new television network and a strong business operation should ensure a successful — and profitable – outcome for McLane and his family, the executive…

The Astros are for sale, with a big number attached; there are similarities to the Indians

By Joel hammondCrain’s Cleveland BusinessPublished: November 19, 2010 Paul Dolan told The Plain Dealer this week he and his father weren’t looking to sell the team. But I couldn’t help but wonder how closely the Indians would listen if someone offered a big sum. That wondering increased this morning, when news of the Houston Astros…

Some call foul on NBA players’ salaries

By Bob MoonMarketplace Morning ReportPublished: October 25, 2010 TEXT OF STORYJEREMY HOBSON: The new NBA season gets going tonight with the tip off between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. As our senior business correspondent Bob Moon reports, despite all the hooplah over big name players like Lebron James, it’s expected to be another money…

When it comes to buying a football team, it looks like slim pickings for Majestic Realty’s Ed Roski, experts say

By James WagnerThe San Gabriel Valley TribunePublished: June 19, 2010 INDUSTRY – Much has changed since local billionaire Ed Roski Jr. embarked on his most recent quest to bring professional football back to the Los Angeles region. He flexed his political muscle, fighting back two lawsuits with an unprecedented state bill, which gave his $800-million,…

The Molson have not paid too expensive

By Vincent Brousseau-PouliotLapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.caPublished: June 23, 2009 (Montreal) Experts are not surprised the sum of 500 million US disbursed to purchase Canadian. Five hundred million US. That is a lot of money for a hockey team, but this record transaction does not surprised Michael Rapkoch, a financial evaluator who worked for George Gillett purchase Canadian in…

Hockey: Balsillie is not the only Canadian in search of a team

By Vincent Brousseau-PouliotLapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.caPublished: June 23, 2009 There is not only Jim Balsillie in Canada that is attempting to buy a team of the national hockey League (NHL). Several other Canadian millionaires currently watch books of American teams, according to a financial evaluator in the middle of professional sport. According to Michael Rapkoch, President of the…