Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 1:15 pm  |  7 responses

Middle Eastern Group Interested in Buying the Pistons?

The purchase of Detroit‘s hoops team could end up coming from a far-away land, as the Free Press reports: “About a month after the Pistons’ exclusive 30-day negotiating window with Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch passed, the Abu Dhabi-based National reported Thursday that Middle East investment groups were in discussions to buy the Pistons. The English language newspaper attributed its report to NBA commissioner David Stern. ‘The interest and discussions have taken place in reference to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar,’ Stern said, declining to name the parties. ‘There is more than one discussion.’ Later Thursday, though, the NBA released a statement to downplay the report: ‘There has been interest in league franchises from various investors in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but (the NBA refutes) a report that specific negotiations are ongoing for a potential sale of the Pistons to a group from the Middle East.’ Here’s the big picture for fans and the future of the franchise: The NBA did not dispute a key quote from Stern in the National’s report. He also said: ‘That is a team that has been, and is having, negotiations with different potential investors.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Sure why not.

  • LB

    Isnt Dearborn, Mich home to the largest community of Arabs in the United States?

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa.

  • shu

    LB, Metro Detroit has the biggest Arabic community in the world outside of Saudi Arabia.(source: some dude I met near Detroit) It would be nice if someone bought the team so JoeD can make some trades. Nobody’s dumb enough to take Rip so trade Tay’s expiring for anyone, Ben Gordon for a mediocre big and we’ll be playing .500 ball. Fire the coach after his contract is up. Pray that we get a stud in the lottery.

  • http://www.ebay.com Tariq

    I doubt that the Arabs in Detroit > Arabs in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, …etc.

  • Sam

    I live in Detroit, and it’s not the biggest one in the world, it’s the biggest Arabic pop. in the country.

  • JD

    yh you do realise that Suadi Arabia is a country in Arabia not Arabia itself and i’m sure there is a bigger population of Arabs in other places when i’ve seen detroit on TV i never remenber seeing an Arab, whereas there are parts of london i’ve been to where almost everyone is