Pistons, Cavs owners initiate move to bring MLS to Detroit

Pistons, Cavs owners initiate move to bring MLS to Detroit

Will a Detroit get a team in Major League Soccer (MLS)? The Cleveland Cavaliers’ and the Detroit Pistons’ owners are eager to bring a MLS side in downtown Detroit.

Dan Gilbert, the owner of Cleveland Cavaliers and Tom Gores, the owner of the Detroit Pistons have teamed up for this special purpose. MLS commissioner Don Garber will be in Detroit on Monday to hold a meeting with the potential ownership group.

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Following the meeting, a press conference has been scheduled. Garber recently said that Detroit is a potential candidate for a MLS team, as reports the NBA’s official site.

Gilbert and Gores, both former students of Michigan State, issued a joint statement.

“Detroit is rising and we know firsthand the power of sports to lift a community and drive a civic renaissance. We are very excited about the prospect of bringing Major League Soccer to Detroit and building an ownership group that represents a cross-section of investors.”

And MLS is trying to expand within 2020. Garber has identified St. Louis and Sacramento, California as the candidates for the next round of expansion. Detroit; San Diego; San Antonio and Austin, Texas and Cincinnati-are the other candidates in the priority list, according to the MLS commissioner.

“I’ve always believed a sports franchise is a community asset with the power to unite and inspire people,” said Gores, who became owner of the Pistons in 2011. “I’m excited to partner with Dan and help in Detroit’s resurgence. Together we have all the tools we need to make a new team successful.”

Gilbert, a native of Detroit, has recently invested $2.2 billion in buying and renovating  commercial properties in the city. Now the Cavs’ owner is eyeing to venture in soccer, which he feels is the fastest growing sports with a passionate fan base and global reach.

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