When one says Detroit, what comes to your mind? The first city in the USA to become bankrupt, a city that was home to the motor industry, the spiritual home of techno music maybe or the fact that the city boasts of few of the best franchises in the history of American sports – Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions. I bet you possibly are thinking of option one.
As the motor, city steers itself into bankruptcy stemming from five decades of industrial myopia, political neglect, and social divisiveness.
Even during what may be a few years of bankruptcy, the sport will largely remain what it always has been for Detroiters: A great diversion from trouble.
Detroit is a city steeped in sporting history and culture with a successful NHL team in 11 times Stanley cup winners Red Wings, 4 times MLB world series champions and Lions – the 4 times NFL champions and 3 time NBA champions in Pistons, however with the recent news of the city filing for chapter 9 – how does all this reflect on the sporting culture of the city?
According to Detroit Times journalist Gregg Krupa, Officials say most of the major events will go on, as usual, likely with few complications. However, attracting new events may be more difficult.
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The Lions were the first sports team from Detroit to issue a statement last week stating they don’t anticipate Detroit’s seeking bankruptcy protection affecting home games at Ford Field this year whereas Red Wings will be playing in their brand new stadiums soon.
The Americans are brilliant lawmakers and Thank god for Chapter 9 which the law intends to preserve the operations of municipalities, unlike private businesses which generally cease operating under the federal provisions, police, fire and emergency services should remain at their current level, and even improve over time.
Although teams will have security, emergency services even if it’s privately hired the only issue remains is the collection of gate receipts – will people from Detroit walk into stadiums to watch teams play? Only time will tell?
References from – The Detroit News, CTV News and Huffington Post