Speculation swirls about Dan Gilbert and the Tigers

- The last Tigers home game of 2018 has been played and most would agree it was a season to forget. 

As we look to the future, speculation is out there if the Tigers are for sale and who may be interested if they are. As owners of both the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, the Ilitch family has been a staple of the Detroit sport landscape for decades. And while the product on the field has been lacking this year, the family isn’t lacking its share of supporters. 

Then you have Dan Gilbert with roots in metro Detroit, who has shown an ability and willingness to invest in the city.

"We can get it done with Dan Gilbert," said one man. "I'm all about it."

The question now is will Gilbert go 'all in' and buy the Tigers from the Ilitch family? And are the Tigers even for sale?

"I think he owns too much already," said another fan. "He owns Quicken Loans and to have this, what more do you want."

Speculation was that Gilbert was interested in acquiring the Tigers when Bloomberg News reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers owner was looking to sell his stake in the Greektown Casino. It is a move that would make sense if he was trying to buy an MLB team.

FOX 2 asked longtime sports radio host Mike Stone what he thought about this possibility. 

"From his experience in Cleveland, he'll spend a lot of money - that's good he wants to win," Stone said. "But if he (tries to butt in) and tries to know more than he does and put his input in with stuff on the field, I don't think it's going to work."

FOX 2 reached out to Rock Ventures representing Dan Gilbert who passed along a statement saying: "Consistent with our long-standing policy, we do not comment on rumors and speculation."

And the Tigers had a statement as well, saying: "We are on the record and have consistently stated that Christopher Ilitch is 100 percent committed to long-term Ilitch ownership of the Detroit Tigers."

Whoever ends up running things next year and beyond, a long-time Detroit sports fan has a piece of advice. 

"Especially now when the Tigers are really at the low end, if you own the team, slash ticket prices in half," Stone said. "Get people in the ballpark, make it affordable. And when you get good, then raise the ante a little bit."

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