Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions receiver, told USA Today Sports on Wednesday that his team feel a responsibility to lift Detroit’s spirits, as last month they became the largest city in the US to file for bankruptcy.
“A lot of people might say, ‘Man, it’s tough playing in Detroit, man. You guys went bankrupt. Your city sucks. There’s burned-down buildings, schools that are not even open.’ But it’s a great gift to bear that weight of the city, especially if you can deliver on a product that people want to see,” he told USA Today.
On July 18, Detroit, once a symbol of American industrial might, filed for bankruptcy with its neighborhoods almost emptied and its finances wrecked after a long and slow decline in auto manufacturing and population.
Detroit’s population grew to 1.8 million people in the 1950’s, as many people were lured by well-paying and plentiful jobs in the automobile industry, but price per head services can see that today, after the industry’s meltdown in 2009, the population is struggling to stay above 700,000. Thus, now stands a metropolis where basic services are cut off in places, and entire neighborhoods are mostly deserted. There is a budget deficit thought to be over $380 million and long-term debt that could sum up to $20 billion.
Burleson pointed out what the New Orleans Saints did to lift the spirits of their city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as an example of how a team can help heal a city’s wounds, and pay per head sportsbooks remember very well how much they helped New Orleans. The Saints finished 10-6 and in 2006 made it to the playoffs. The season before, the team finished at 3-13.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that last season, the Lions fell to a disappointing 4-12 record, but they were still able to sell out all of their games at home.
“It’s not going to fix everything, but it’s a Band-Aid that can temporarily heal a lot of open wounds that we have in this city,” Burleson told the newspaper.
Reggie Bush, who in 2006 was a member of the Saints when they returned to a ravaged New Orleans, agrees that Detroit’s troubles and the good effect that a team can have on the city are major factors that can motivate the Lions.
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“We can definitely use that as fuel to maybe help restore some pride and hope within the city, within the people,” Bush told the newspaper.