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Notes: Detroit Lions declare ‘not for sale’ amidst Dan Gilbert rumors

It doesn’t look like the Fords are giving up ownership anytime soon.

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The go-to excuse for the Detroit Lions’ failures is their ownership. While it’s an overly simplistic way to look at things, it’s hard not to give that theory at least some extra thought. Ever since William Clay Ford Sr. bought the team back in 1961, the Lions have seen fruitless decade after fruitless decade. One playoff win. No Super Bowl appearances. You’ve heard it all by now.

Every now and then, a rumor pops up that someone is interested in taking ownership away from the Ford family, and this week is no different. Cleveland Cavaliers owner—and Michigan native— Dan Gilbert is selling Greektown Casino for $1 billion and is planning on using that money to invest in some developmental projects in Detroit.

However, some have hypothesized that he may have his eye on a more local team than the Cavs, including the Detroit Lions.

Gilbert was involved in the brainstorming sessions involving Ford Field and a potential retractable roof to entice an MLS team—plans that have been since scrapped.

But the Lions have quickly shut down any rumors in a statement to the Detroit Free Press:

In a statement released to the Free Press, team president Rod Wood said on behalf of the Ford family, “The Lions are not for sale.”

Gilbert has also said that he doesn’t have any plans to purchase the Detroit Tigers. We’ll see.

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