With the news of Mike Ilitch expressing interest today in buying the Pistons some things need to be said. While I would love for the Ilitch’s to buy the team and keep them in the state, I’m skeptical of the timing and the public statement by Ilitch to the media.
Think about it, if you wanted to pursue a business deal, wouldn’t you make the deal behind the scenes first and then notify the media when you knew the deal was in place?
On the Pistons side of things, there has been a major beef between Davidson and Ilitch that’s been public knowledge for years. And that pesky lawsuit doesn’t help one bit.
Tom Wilson joining forces with Ilitch can’t make the Davidson clan feel good about selling the team to a man who already owns half of the states professional teams.
Yes it’s Caesarland, but how much dough does Ilitch holdings have? I don’t think enough to successfully sustain a payroll of three major sports teams.
And if I’m Mike Ilitch and my dynasty of a hockey team is playing in that abysmal, beyond outdated arena that sadly bares the name of Joe Louis (he deserves better), I would be ecstatic rolling both of my teams right in the Palace of Auburn Hills. It sure doesn’t look like the city of Detroit has enough cash to even think about financing a arena befitting of that team.
It’s like being handed the keys to a full furnished penthouse apartment when you live in a slum. Would you move?
It seems like a perfect fit and a story that will make the headlines. Ilitch “All Hail Caesar”….
Will it pan out? I sure hope so.
Call me a pessimist if you will, but I just made you think.