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Detroit's Sports Teams Thrive as City Struggles

By    |   Tuesday, 15 October 2013 07:56 AM

While the city of Detroit wallows in bankruptcy amid an $18 billion debt burden, its professional sports teams are doing swimmingly.

Detroit's Major League Baseball team, the Tigers, now facing the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, sport a payroll of $148 million, one of the highest in baseball, according to The New York Times.

Almost 3.1 million fans came to Tigers games this season, placing Detroit sixth among Major League Baseball's 30 teams in attendance, the paper reports. The Tigers' TV ratings rank near the top of the majors, The Times says.

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Meanwhile, Michigan's GOP Gov. Rick Snyder backs a plan to give public funding toward a $650 million downtown development project that includes a new stadium for the NHL Red Wings.

Kevin Boyle, a Detroit native who teaches history at Northwestern University, isn't so hot on the idea of government helping to pay for new stadiums while their cities deteriorate.

"It's really troubling to me to see that much public money going to build a new stadium when there's catastrophe in the neighborhoods," he tells The Times.

Washington Post blogger Norman Chad takes a similar attitude toward the building of new stadiums in general.

"There's no money for roads, schools, libraries or new transit, but there's always tax dollars lying around to build a gleaming new sports palace to replace the other gleaming almost-new sports palace we haven't finished paying for," he writes.

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