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Viewing Parties Potential as the Next Best Thing


Through out the NBA Playoffs we’ve seen the Miami Heat and recently the Dallas Mavericks host Watching Parties when their team was on the road. These parties are free, with the exception of parking, and give the fans a home game feeling as hundreds of fans usually show up to support their team as they watch on the big screen.

Miami Heat fans gather outside American Airlines Arena to watch Game 5 of the Heat vs Bulls series

Seeing the reaction of the Dallas fans at their home arena during Game 2 of the NBA Finals as well as how many fans there were I begin to think, what if this became a every game thing in the NBA Finals and maybe during the regular season for highly anticipated games? Also what if teams sold tickets to these viewing parties?

Dallas fans watch their Mavericks play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the American Airline Center.

Teams could make revenue on both home and away games during the post-season. Fans always gather together to watch big games. Friends get together, either at home or at bars and restaurants, order food, and cheer on their team. Fans would be able to gather in bigger groups and watch games at their home arena with hundreds of other fans. It’s no secret that games are more entertaining to watch when you are surrounded by people who support the same team.

Tickets for Viewing Parties would be sold at the beginning of each series.  Initially tickets would be general admission, but could potentially lead to normal game seating based on demand. To encourage more fans to purchase these tickets, each ticket could include some sort of concession discount or coupon. Fans gather together to watch games as is, certainly given the opportunity to watch their game not only together, but in their home arena fans would come in packs. In-Game Promotions could be used for giveaways and contests just as they would be if the game was being played at that arena. You would want to create a near identical game experience. The revenue from these Viewing Parties would not  a franchise, but it would be revenue none the less and you can never have to much of that.

I believe this idea has the potential to take off, not only in Basketball, but Hockey as well. With a series Hockey fans could watch games in their home arena.  I know WHEN the Pistons make the finals again I’d love to go back to the Palace and watch a game on the big screen.

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Detroit Pistons Still in Need of Owner


The Pistons have gone nearly there entire season without an owner. In the past three months their have been several potential owners come forth and express their interest, but for one reason or another their interest eventually dwindles. Before the Pistons can become a threat in the league, they need someone to make the off court decisions.

In the last few months the Pistons have grasped the interest of big times names like Magic Johnson, George Postolos, Mike Illitch, and Tom Gores. All four investors very successful in their respected area of business. Johnson, without saying a great player in his day with the Los Angeles Lakers, George Postolos a former executive with the Houston Rockets as well as with the NBA, Mike Illitch current owner of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers among other venues, and Tom Gores, a home town man now residing in California with a Net Worth of $2.2 Billion. Like I stated before three months ago it was anyones team. All four investors had claimed to set up meetings with the Pistons to move forward in the deal, but as time went on many of these investors begin to drop out. Magic Johnson was the first name on the list to disappear

ar, with no official reasoning. After Johnson Mike Illitch entered a 30-day Negotiation with the Pistons Organization. Local fans were excited about the thought of Illitch expanding his ownership to the Detroit Pistons. Plans  surfaced stating that Illitch would move the Pistons back to Detroit. In doing this Illitch would build a new arena to replace the Palace and Joe Louis arena that would host both the Pistons and the Red Wings and it would be located in the heart of Detroit near Ford Field and Comerica Park. This would make the heart of Detroit an Entertainment hotspot with all four major sports as well as the MGM Casino within five minutes. Unfortunately, this deal would fall through. In December Illitched announced he would not be purchasing the Pistons. It was said that the deal fell through due

Tom Gores is a Flint, MI native and Michigan State graduate

to inflations of revenues by the Detroit Pistons. Once Illitch knew this information he offered Karen Davidson, who currently owns the Pistons, less and it was said that the deal eventually dwinlded. Most recently is Flint native and Michigan State Grad Tom Gores. Following Illitch’s purchase falling through Gores entered his name in bidding for the Pistons. Weeks after the initial rumors surfaced it was announced that Gores had entered his 30-Day Negotiation period with Davidson. After four weeks it was announced that no deal had been made and it seemed as Davidson was back t square one with no potential owners. Fortunately it was announced that Gores was given a two-week extension to continue negotiations with Davidson. Soon after more rumors came out that Davidson and Gores had reached a deal. One article even gave specific details of the deal. Davidson has announced that no deal has been met, but negotiations continue.

The Pistons on court performance is nothing to be proud of, but I believe you need someone steering the ship to help that. Everyone wants to blame specific players, Coach Kuester, and even Joe Dumars, but you  need an Owner who has the best interest of the organization in mind before you can expect the Detroit Pistons to get back to Contending for a NBA Title.