Leave it to John Oliver – not the local media – to question why a city would cough up $280 million in tax dollars and hand it to a billionaire to build what likely will be a very lucrative sports arena.
On Sunday, Oliver also pointed out on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” that the funding to Mike Ilitch came less than a week after the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy.
“Sports teams are wealthy businesses with wealthy owners and they still get our help,” Oliver said.
The Red Wings arena is now under construction.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.