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The owner of the Detroit Pistons and Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. has chosen to open negotiations to sell the basketball team and venue management company to Detroit pizza and sports industrialist Mike Ilitch, Crain’s has learned.

It’s believed that a deal will be worked out in the next 30 days.

Any sale of the Pistons will require a vote by the National Basketball Association’s other team owners.

It’s unknown how much Ilitch might pay for the team and PS&E, and a final purchase price is likely still not set. Crain’s reported in September that bids were submitted around Labor Day. This Via Crains Detroit

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I honestly was very skeptical when the news was that Ilitch was trying to buy the team. I know of bad blood between the the Red Wings and the Pistons in years past, so it was hard to believe that anyone in the Davidson family to hand the team over to Mike.

What makes me, and most Pistons fans happy is that Karen Davidson is putting the bast behind her and selling the team to a man who will do right by them and keep them in Motown where they belong. I’m not sure what Mr. D would think, but if history repeats itself when it comes to Mike Ilitch, he will represent this team with the utmost pride and respect.

Welcome back to the D…we were worried there for a while. And a special welcome back to Tom Wilson.

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    Via The Detroit Free Press:

    “Michael Ilitch said today he wants to buy the Detroit Pistons and move the team to a new arena in downtown Detroit.

    The Ilitch bid is for the entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization, not just for the basketball team itself. If successful, that means that the Ilitches would also own the Palace of Auburn Hills arena, the DTE Energy Music Theatre and other aspects of the Palace network.

    In a statement issued this morning, Ilitch said he and his family are committed to building a new arena in downtown even if their bid for the Pistons fails. The new arena would serve as a home for the Red Wings, which continue to play their games at the aging Joe Louis Arena.

    “No one should get too excited just yet, because this is the first step in what could be a long process,” the Ilitch statement read. “There is a lot of due diligence to take place, and who even knows if the Pistons would accept any potential future offer.

    “But I can tell you that we are serious about this, we’ll be aggressive in the process, and we’re going to take a real hard run at it because it makes sense for our organization.”

    The statement added, “Whether or not we end up buying this Piston team, we remain focused on a new arena in the city of Detroit, and that will serve as a great catalyst for future economic development in the city.”

    The statement said the Ilitches were formally notifying the Pistons today of their interest in buying the team, a required first step. Negotiations are expected to take several weeks.

    If this happens…..Pistons fans can breathe a sign of relief We will even have Tom Wilson back….I feel SWEDEtastic right now.

    It was a sad day at the Palace.  The Detroit Pistons played their first game after the loss of beloved owner William Davidson.  The Pistons honored him in many ways Sunday afternoon, but none fitting as much as the rose and his picture that adorned his regular courtside seat at The Palace he built.

    Rip Hamilton made it known in more ways than one.

    Richard Hamilton Remembers Bill Davidson on his Shoes

    The Detroit Pistons Remember Mr. D
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K5XFtezdJw