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by George Malik on 07/22/14 at 11:10 PM ET
Via RedWingsFeed, I've never understood the hubbub about the Pistons moving back downtown to join the Red Wings in their new arena--without a separate practice facility for both teams in the offing (and there are no practice facility plans on the table), you've got all sorts of complications in terms of scheduling sporting events, never mind handicapping the rink's ability to host entertainment events--but the post-"District Detroit"-unveiling chatter included a significant amount of, "The teams will share the same facility!" chatter.
According to the Detroit News's Vincent Goodwill, the improbable and nearly logistically-impossible will remain that:
Mark Barnhill, senior partner at Platinum Equity, issued a statement Tuesday reflecting the sentiments of Pistons owner Tom Gores, in light of the Ilitch family unveiling plans for a $650 million entertainment district downtown.
The Pistons are the lone pro sports team in Detroit that isn't downtown, and they are not currently weighing the possibility of moving from The Palace of Auburn Hills, Barnhill said.
"We have a beautiful arena, and we have invested tens of millions of dollars over the past three years to modernize and improve that facility," said Barnhill in the statement. "At the same time, we would never close the door on alternatives if they made good sense for our fans, for our team, for our business and for Michigan."
That's a no.
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