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SBD/March 3, 2011/Franchises
Pistons Talks Continuing With Gores Despite Expiration Of Exclusive Negotiating Period
Published March 3, 2011
FALLING ON HARD TIMES: In N.Y., Joanne Gerstner writes the Pistons "appear to be in chaos, a startling state for a franchise that has clicked so well on so many levels over the past decade." The "synergy now lies in disarray" thanks to "public displays of player discontent, including what appeared to be a boycott of a practice last week; the team's 22-41 record; and the drawn-out process to sell the team and the arena." Palace Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Alan Ostfield: "There is no page in the NBA sports business handbook for what is happening; it's a perfect storm of challenges right now. ... We're not hiding that things aren't where we want them to be. We hope this is just a blip" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/3).