Sign of the (Lean) Times: Are Detroit Teams Endangered?

December 8th, 2009 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
Perhaps it is a reflection of the financial issues that many people face today.

Perhaps it is a result of seeing article after article discuss how sports franchises are having to tighten their belts amid their financial struggles.

Or perhaps it is a direct result of having just watched The Road this past week.

A thought continues to weigh on my mind: Could one or more Detroit franchises be in danger of moving, or worse yet, collapsing?

The city of Detroit has an incredibly long and storied career as a sports town. The Tigers are the oldest franchise in town, established in 1894 as one of the original eight American League teams.

Next came the Red Wings in 1926 and quickly on their heels were the Lions in 1929. The Pistons did not join the mix until 1957 when they were moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The franchise itself was established in the early 1940s.

Detroit has won a title in every decade since the 1930s (save for the '70s), their most recent being the Red Wings' win of the Stanley Cup in 2008.

While some franchises are more successful than others, each team has won at least three ti ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NBA
Article written by


Comments are closed.