No Sale In Detroit Either

July 6, 2007
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DETROIT — The professional sports teams in Detroit are also against the proposed luxury tax, which would add the 6 percent state sales tax to every game ticket sold.

According to the Detroit Tigers Web site, the tax would result more than $100 million per year in new tax revenue for the state from sporting events, concerts and shows. Here is where the Tigers estimated that revenue would come from each year:

        $24 million from sports, including the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Lions, Michigan International Speedway, minor league baseball and hockey.

        $48 million from shows and concerts at the Fox Theater, Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Theater, Joe Louis Arena, Van Andel Arena and other venues.

        $32 million from all movie tickets sold.

A family of four with season tickets to the Tigers would pay from $230 to $1,200 in new taxes, while a family of four with season tickets to the Detroit Red Wings would pay from $597 to more than $1,900 a year.

The Illitch family owns the Tigers, Red Wings, ComericaPark and Fox Theater, and operates Joe Louis Arena.

Source:, June 2007.     

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