How Would Pistons Sale Affect Oakland, Wayne Counties?

detroit pistons logo1 How Would Pistons Sale Affect Oakland, Wayne Counties?The Palace of Auburn Hills has been home to the Detroit Pistons for more than a quarter of a century. What would it mean for Oakland County if it were to lose the team?

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says the county’s economy doesn’t really depend on entertainment venues like the Palace and if the deal for Illitch Holdings to buy the Pistons goes through, he says he knows a decision to move the team or not will be a business decision.

patterson brooks How Would Pistons Sale Affect Oakland, Wayne Counties?

“I’m not giving up on it, but I’m not at the table. I’m a casual observer watching this,” Patterson told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis. “I know my people have made phone calls. I’m trying my best to keep them here. Ultimately, it’s going to come down to a business decision made by the owners as they think it’s in the best interest of their business.”

Brooks also told Davis that he hopes it’s in their best interest to keep the Pistons at the Palace.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Wednesday there are a “couple of options” where Mike Ilitch could build a new arena to be the home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons. (More on this).

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  • JDH

    I think there’s no doubt if the deal goes through, they’ll move the team to Detroit. The question is when? The most I see Auburn Hills/Oak Co getting out of this is the Wings playing a few years at the Palace while a new arena is built for the Pistons and Wings in Detroit. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted…

  • Cheryl Green

    More fans live in the northern suburbs than in the City of Detroit. I think it’s only fair that we have diversity in the locations of our arenas. The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadowbrook Theatre allow easier and more scenic travel to certain events. Oakland County needs the revenue as much as the City of Detroit.

  • bill

    gone to detroit. leverage new stadium next to the other revenue producers already owned by the family. makes sense to me!

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  • tyefox

    More fans may live in northern suburbs than in the City of Detroit but what about the southern and western suburbs and other outer communities. The highway system in Metro Detroit was designed to allow access to the central city from all directions.

  • Dale Dillard

    I can’t imagine why Mr Patterson has failed to take this opportunity to promote a true Oakland County team,namely the Oakland County Cruiser’s. If he wasn’t so worried about his “women’s roller-derby” (as he commented as a joke in interview) Maybe he will get a clue IF THEY CAN EVER GET SOME SUPPORT, THE TEAM WILL BE A HUGE SUCCESS. Pistons won’t win any games anyway, they have a terrible record, just like other pro teams in Detroit, maybe the Ford’s will sell him the Lion’s too. Who cares what happens in Detroit, every time I go down there my car or something in it gets stolen, unless I pay $40 to park. Sad but true.

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