In the release, Ilitch Holdings CEO Christoper Ilitch says, the new VP Mike McLauchlan is "suited to interact with key governmental officials and community representatives in addressing the various legislative and civic issues that impact Ilitch-owned businesses."
It certainly sounds like this new exec will handle lobbying needs of both the Ilitch owned MLB team and the Ilitch owned gambling hall; as well as any other Ilitch owned business. This is yet another indication that the separation between baseball and gambling at Ilitch Holdings is paper thin, at best.
The press release is sure to point out that baseball team is owned by Mike Ilitch and MotorCity Casino is owned by Marian Ilitch. Somehow they seem to miss the point that both entities fall under the umbrella of parent Ilitch Holdings, Inc. As such, the press release fails to detail that:
- Mike Ilitch, owner of the baseball team, is Chairman of Ilitch Holdings, the parent of MotorCity Casino; and
- Marian Ilitch, owner of MotorCity Casino, serves as Vice Chairwoman of Ilitch Holdings, the parent of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.
Two years ago, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. purged most references to MotorCity Casino from its Web site attempting to suggest to outsiders that the gambling hall was a completely separate entity with no ties to Ilitch Holdings, Inc. or its other brands. This new press release clearly indicates otherwise. Is Bud Selig watching?