NBA Rumors: Will Mike Illitch Be a Good Owner for the Detroit Pistons?

August 16th, 2010 by Erik Landau Leave a reply »
Mike Illitch, the owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, is looking at potentially purchasing the Detroit Pistons.

The founder and owner of Little Caesar's Pizza, Illitch is facing an intriguing step in basically creating a monopoly over Detroit sports if he purchases the Pistons. To others, he could be seen simply as a man who is trying to save the Pistons the way he saved the Red Wings.

When Mike purchased the Red Wings back in 1982, the current 81-year-old inherited a team that was known as "The Dead Wings" struggling for any sense of success.

Since acquiring the Wings, he has been able to put together eight division titles, six President's trophies and the four Stanley Cups won in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008. These teams have been a great showing of sports and winning in the Illitch era. The Detroit Tigers on the other hand, are a different story.

When Illitch became owner of the Tigers in 1992, things became pretty bad until capturing the AL Pennant in 2006. During 12 of his first 13 seasons owning the Tigers, they had a losing record. Bear in mind, that many of these years were before the extravagant contracts of today were commo ...

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