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Nick Mileti (born 1931) was during the 1970s the owner of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Crusaders hockey team, the Coliseum at Richfield and radio station 1100AM WWWE (now WTAM).

He headed a syndicate that founded the Cavaliers in 1970 as an expansion team, paying the fee of $3.7 million, selling his twenty percent interest in the team in 1980 for $1.4 million. Another syndicate he headed purchased the Indians in 1972 for $10 million from Vernon Stouffer.[1]

He was a master of leverage, owning 51 percent of his enterprises with little of his own money at risk.[2] He used brains, hard work, contacts, and high energy to pull himself up from his working class origins. He put himself through Bowling Green State University, where the Alumni Center is now named in his honor. Following his time at BGSU, he earned a law degree from Ohio State University. After military service he opened up a law practice in Lakewood, Ohio and became prosecutor there after befriending the mayor. He became involved in sports after serving as chairman of the Bowling Green alumni association and organizing a BGSU game at the Cleveland Arena. Shortly thereafter he purchased the Arena and its prime tenant, the original Cleveland Barons hockey team. Recognizing that the Arena needed another tenant, he succeeded in obtaining an NBA expansion team.[3]

His partnership that purchased the Indians included Howard Metzenbaum and Ted Bonda, among many others. During 1973 when it appeared to the Indians' bank creditors that Mileti had spread himself too thin, Mileti named Bonda as the team's executive vice president. Mileti sold his interest to Bonda et al. in 1975.[4]

He also founded and was the principal owner of the short-lived CFL team, the Las Vegas Posse in 1994.

See also


  1. Quirk, James & Rodney D. Fort (1992). Paydirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports. Princeton University Press. pp. pp.403, 449. ISBN 0691042551. 
  2. Torry, Jack (1996). "Chapter 7, All the Glitter, But No Gold". Endless Summers: The Fall and Rise of the Cleveland Indians. Diamond Communications, Inc.. pp. pp. 125-149. ISBN 0-912083-98-0. 
  3. Torry, op.cit..
  4. Torry, op.cit..

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