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Pistons Settle Into New Arena As Eminem Makes Surprise Appearance

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 19 / 17

Eminem welcomed the Pistons to their new arena like only he can. pic.twitter.com/eviAQJWrqC — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 19, 2017 The Pistons last night played their first regular-season game at Little Caesars Arena, a 102-90 win over the Hornets, and rapper Eminem ...

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