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Coronavirus shutdown hitting Michigan sports businesses where it hurts: ‘I’m bankrupt’

From the Detroit Free Press —

For most of his 63 years, basketball has been the drumbeat of Fred Procter’s life.

He played the sport at Wayne State. He coached it at Detroit St. Martin De Porres, where he won a high school state championship. He coached it at Lake Superior State and the University of Detroit. And two years ago, he opened his own basketball training facility, The Practice Zone, in Farmington Hills.

For the past two months, though, Procter’s soundtrack has gone silent as he has dealt with the chilling new reality facing many small business owners with ties to local sports.

With no games to be played, no workouts to hold and no teams to support because of the coronavirus pandemic, Procter and others are unsure what the future holds for them and their businesses.

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