Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers is interested in buying the Detroit Tigers according to multiple published reports.The Tigers have been owned by Ilitch family since 1992. Last year the family publicly stated they were not interested in selling the MLB franchise despite persistent rumors at the time that the team was being readied for a sale.
Gilbert whose investments have instrumental in revitalizing Detroit’s urban core currently employs in excess of 15,000 workers in the city through his various business interests.
Since buying the Cavaliers in 2005, Gilbert’s stewardship of the team is credited with turning the Cavs into frequent contenders and eventually NBA Champions. Gilbert also owns several casino’s in Ohio and Michigan, including the Greektown Hotel and Casino in Downtown Detroit. Gilbert was also recently involved in seeking a Major League Soccer expansion club for Detroit, but the league opted to expand by elevating existing minor league teams in Nashville and Cincinnati instead.