Sports fan and Oakland County-based Scott Zack Michigan shines a spotlight on Detroit’s sporting landscape.
Detroit, Michigan, has now been a national leader in sports for well over 100 years. Home to Comerica Park, Ford Field, and Little Caesars Arena among a number of other popular sporting venues, local business owner, entrepreneur, and lifelong sports fan Scott Zack offers a personal and impassioned insight into the city’s football, baseball, basketball, and hockey scenes, and more.
“Detroit’s sporting landscape is both famous and widely celebrated here in the city as well as elsewhere across the U.S.,” explains enterprising sports fan Scott Zack, speaking from his home in Oakland County, around 30 miles from downtown Detroit.
Downtown Detroit is, in fact, Scott Zack Michigan goes on to explain, the only downtown district in the U.S. that’s collectively home to a city’s National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, and National Hockey League team alike. “All four of the city’s major league sports teams play within the broadly defined Detroit downtown district,” reveals the local business owner, “an accolade not shared by any other U.S. city since 2017.”
Detroit is home to the Detroit Lions American football team, the Detroit Tigers baseball team, the Detroit Pistons basketball team, and the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. According to Scott Zack Michigan, founded in 1894, the city’s baseball-playing Detroit Tigers represent its oldest surviving major league team. The city, however, he further reveals, is best known for hockey. “This,” the avid local sports fan says, “has earned Detroit the nickname of Hockeytown, even forming part of a registered trademark owned by the Detroit Red Wings.”
Detroit is also recognized, Scott Zack reports, for its college sports—home to National Collegiate Athletic Association teams including the Michigan Wolverines, the Eastern Michigan Eagles, and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies—plus several notable college athletic programs.
In addition to football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, sailboat racing is another major sport in the Detroit area, Scott Zack Michigan states. “The same is true of auto and hydroplane racing, plus lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey,” adds the expert.
Founded between 1881 and 2006, the midwestern state of Michigan’s largest city has also been home to a total of 20 former sports teams. Folded, moved, renamed, merged, or with play suspended, former Detroit sports teams including the Detroit Wheels, the Michigan Stags, the Detroit Turbos, and the Michigan Panthers have met their maker as far back as 1888 and as recently as 2011, according to Scott Zack.
“The Detroit Wolverines National League Baseball team, founded in 1881, quickly folded just seven years later in 1888,” reveals local sports expert Zack, “while the city’s Detroit Demolition Women’s Professional American Football League team, established in 2002, met its end after nine years, in 2011, owing to suspended play.”
Detroit business owner, entrepreneur, and sports fan Scott Zack resides in the Detroit metropolitan area township of West Bloomfield. Outside of his work and his love of sports, Scott Zack’s other interests and hobbies include reading, yoga, keeping fit, and spending time outdoors with his family and friends.