Though it has not been confirmed that the Detroit Pistons were up for sale, Mike Illitch, a Detroit area billionaire wants to buy the franchise to keep it in the Detroit area. In a statement he said "Detroit is our home. When I read in the paper there was the chance that this great sports town could lose one of its professional sports franchises, I just didn’t see how we could let that happen. The Pistons, just like the Red Wings, Tigers and the Lions, have a rich and storied tradition in this community and they’ve brought pride to fans and our community. You all know I love sports – all sports, from amateur sports to the various pro sports we’ve had the privilege to be involved with, and like a lot of others I’m sure, I really want to see the Pistons remain the Detroit Pistons." He goes on to say "We believe we could bring a lot to the table that could be tremendously positive for the Pistons franchise, the NBA, and the fans of this community. So, today, we formally notified the Detroit Pistons that we have interest in purchasing the team."
The Illitch's not only own the Little Ceasars pizza franchise but they also own the Detroit Red Wings, The Detroit Tigers,
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