What if you could buy the Detroit Lions?
By Mike Payton
First off, let me start off by saying, you cannot. Not because you don’t have the means or the responsibility needed to run a franchise worth $900 million and currently employs well over 1,000 employees and was the only NFL franchise to lose money in 2014. Why would you want to? is the real question. It seems like quite the daily burden that makes me wake up screaming in the middle of the night just thinking about it. Secondly the NFL will make you jump through so many hoops before they let you sign on the dotted line.
Oct 26, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford (left) and president Tom Lewand during the NmFL International Series game against the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium. The Lions defeated the Falcons 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
That’s not enough to stop a Michigan man from starting a Go Fund Me account with the sole purchase of purchasing the Detroit Lions. Seriously, check it out here. This gentlemen’s idea to purchase the Detroit Lions as a gigantic group of investors with each investor working as an important cog and the larger investors forming a board that would handle the larger responsibilities such as hiring a staff and overseeing day to day financial operations.
I think it’s quite obvious that this is a joke. While it made me laugh out loud when I saw it in the comment section, it also made me think. What if I ha total control of the Detroit Lions franchise? What would I do on a daily basis? How would improve the franchise before I ultimately tank it into the ground with my poor money management skills?
Besides the obvious retooling of certain aspects of the coaching staff. I think I would also make changes that would improve the experience for fans that pay their hard-earned dollar to see the Lions like altering ticket prices slightly and updating things as simple as WiFi which no fan gets in Ford Field which is crazy in an age of fantasy football. I’d bring back alternate jerseys, of course a new design would be nice, not the black ones. These are just a few things that come to mind.
I want to hear from you, the Detroit Lions fans of the world. What would you do if you owned the Detroit Lions? Be sure to leave your comments below or on Facebook and Twitter. The best responses will be used in the follow-up piece later this week.
Mike Payton is an Editor at SideLion Report. He is from Holland, Michigan by way of Warren, Michigan. He considers himself to be obsessed with the Detroit Lions. Mike’s work has been featured on ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio and si.com. Mike is also a weekly contributor on It is what is with Sean Baligian on ESPN 96.1 and a contributor for The Holland Sentinel. Follow Mike Payton on Twitter@SLR_Mike
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