Dan Gilbert Rumors
Greater Cleveland Congregations is requesting an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as the non-partisan coalition of religious groups continues to object to a plan to use public funds to help pay for the renovation Quicken Loans Arena. The meeting is requested to work out a way to bring some of the money proposed to be spent on the Q arena makeover back to the neighborhoods, according to a news release from GCC.
The group, as well as other activist organizations and some residents, don’t agree with a plan that would divert taxpayer dollars to downtown development but not invest equal amounts of money in the neighborhoods in their eyes. The group is asking for Gilbert to support establishing a Community Equity Fund which would provide a match of any public funds for the Q makeover to go towards neighborhood priorities, the news release said.
Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert had two vice chairmen on his leadership team. Now, he has a half of one. Jeff Cohen is out as vice chairman and Nathan Forbes, while maintaining his title has lost influence with Gilbert and is spending very little time on Cavs business, multiple sources with knowledge of the Cavs’ ownership structure told cleveland.com.
Griffin, often credited with building a roster that won the 2016 Finals and is pushing for its third straight trip to the Finals this season, is in the final year of his contract. A source said what’s happened with Cohen and Forbes has no impact on Griffin’s contract.
“On the collective bargaining agreement, I was on the labor committee and I was in New York having a bunch of dinners with Michael Jordan and other owners,” Joe Lacob said, perhaps humble-bragging. “There were six of us. Actually, Dan was one of them, Dan Gilbert. Anyway, Michael Jordan — people are drinking and having a good time and all that, but there was a moment where he said, you know, ’73 don’t mean [blank].’ He did it, Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him and I just decided not to make a big deal of it. I said, you know, you’re right, we didn’t win it, we had to get better.”
Detroit today became one of a dozen cities to submit an expansion application to join Major League Soccer. The league had set a Tuesday deadline for bid submissions as it seeks to add two expansion teams in 2020 and two more in 2022. MLS is seeking an expansion fee of $150 million for each of the teams selected for 2020. The league hasn’t yet announced the expansion fee it will seek for 2022, but it’s expected to be more than $150 million. Detroit’s bid is a joint venture between NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert, who announced in April their plans for a $1-billion development at the downtown Wayne County Jail site that would include a soccer-specific stadium.