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Rumors that Dan Gilbert wants to buy the Indians

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  1. Swisher33

    Swisher33 Banned

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    http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2013/02/16/sports/doc51202bfb950fc781007895.txt

    Given the chance, Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert might follow in the footsteps of his fellow Detroit entrepreneur, Michael Ilitch Sr.

    Ilitch is founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza. He also owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. He was in negotiations to purchase the Detroit Pistons, as well, before he backed out of talks.

    Rumors won’t go away that Gilbert is interested in buying the Indians. However, a well-placed source said the Tribe isn’t for sale.

    The Dolan family purchased the Indians from the late Richard Jacobs for a reported $320 million in 1999. It’s unknown what the Indians would be worth today, but it would likely be in excess of $500 million
     
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    shoes22 NBA Starter

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    What a misleading thread title. Gilbert doesn't "want" to buy the Indians, and he has never given any indication so. This is just a persistent rumor spewed out by fans who are sick of the Dolans. This isn't even mentioning the fact that as long as Dan Gilbert owns a casino in his name, he isn't allowed to own a baseball team. He's not giving up ownership or control of that casino any time soon.
     
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  3. Nicky

    Nicky Sweep the leg!

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    Re: Dan Gilbert wants to buy the Indians

    I don't believe this. I just need someone to buy them, just to rename it "The Jake".
     
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  4. wuck

    wuck Hustling on the inside Staff Member

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    Changed it.
     
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    Not this again.
     
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  6. The Oi

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    Sincerely doubt it ever happens.

    Pray that he never does. He starts losing money on them, who knows what would happen with the Cavs. It's always been a horrible idea.
     
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    This pops up about once or twice a year. How about we start some new rumors?

    I hear Drew Carey wants to buy the Indians. Pass it on.
     
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    Re: Dan Gilbert wants to buy the Indians

    Only if Gilbert in turn sells the Cavs so that they can rename it "The Gund."
     
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    SMH @ Nickys Avi...
     
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    Nicky Sweep the leg!

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    It's tribe related. I've avi'd the Cavs, and will avi the Browns.... (maybe).
     
  12. Nom

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    Re: Dan Gilbert wants to buy the Indians

    I'll always call it the Jake so I'm not disagreeing,

    But I've always found it interesting that Jacobs convinced the city to build a stadium and then named it after himself - and people flipped out when they renamed it.

    The Browns did the same and named it after the TEAM and hardly a peep when they sold the stadium name for money.

    How is the Jacobs name > Cleveland Browns name? Especially considering additional revenue has a direct benefit to the MLB team moreso than the NFL team.
     
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    It's different when a stadium is named after an actual person. People have a weird attachment to it that they wouldn't have otherwise, especially if it's named after a beloved owner like Jacobs. There wouldn't have been an uproar if it had originally been called "Indians Field" and they were changing the name, just like there WOULD have been an uproar if the Browns field was called "Paul Brown Stadium" and they decided to change the name.
     
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    Isn't that weird, though? You'd think the actual TEAM's name would hold more affinity than the owner - even if it is a beloved owner.
     
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    It's also important how the name of the stadium sounds to the fans. Cleveland Browns Stadium is a pretty boring name, Progressive Field is a pretty boring name, Quicken Loans Arena is an awful name. Thankfully The Q is an option for that one. Jacob's Field also had all the memories of going to the stadium during the 90s when our team was amazing, especially for those of us in our middle 20s, I grew up going to The Jake with my family having seats in the top of the upper deck and loving it. Going to Progressive Field and seeing all the empty seats remembering what it used to be is just depressing.
     
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    Meh, I don't get the attachment to names of facilities that aren't exactly classics. Fenway Park? Yankee Stadium? Understandable. Old facilities with lots of charm and history. Jacobs Field? Meh. I would rather that the owner of the team be looking to maximize revenue. I would rather, too, that the name of the facility stay with a local company, one of the largest employers in the region. One of the big businesses that has stayed in NEO. I like this better than an Internet company sponsoring the name of the team, then getting a silly nickname. Frankly, I don't get why fans would not want to see the Q get a name change- all it makes me think of is abandonment, failed expectations, inability/unwillingness to sign your star players and years of rebuilding.
     
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    I'm on board with this.

    Progressive has brought a ton to the NEO area, while Dick Jacobs was for the most past a mediocre owner until the Browns left town before selling the team prior to them losing a huge chunk of their market share.
     
  18. theSTEREO.

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    What team are you talking about?

    :huh:
     
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    I feel like Edddie in Christmas Vacation.

    Every time I read the Indians are worth 500 million, I piss my pants and forget who I am for about half an hour or so.
     
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