DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores & Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up to try to bring a Major League Soccer team to downtown Detroit.
MLS says Commissioner Don Garber will be in Detroit on Wednesday for meetings with the potential ownership group, & there's a news conference scheduled for that day. Garber recently said Detroit was a candidate to obtain a team.
Gores & Gilbert, both of whom graduated Michigan State, said in a joint statement: ''Detroit is rising & we know firsthand the power of sports to lift a community & drive a civic renaissance. We are very excited approximately the prospect of bringing Major League Soccer to Detroit & building an ownership group that represents a cross-section of investors.''
p>On Thursday, Garber called St. Louis & Sacramento, California, front-runners for the next round of expansion, which could occur as shortly as 2020.
He said other candidates, in priority order, were Detroit; San Diego; San Antonio & Austin, Texas; & Cincinnati.
''I've always believed a sports franchise is a community asset with the power to unite & inspire people,'' said Gores, who became owner of the Pistons in 2011. ''I'm excited to partner with Dan & assist in Detroit's resurgence. Together we have all the tools we need to make a new team successful.''
Gilbert, a Detroit native, has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase & renovate more than 90 commercial properties in the city.
''Soccer is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with a passionate fan base & global reach,'' Gilbert said. ''Bringing a team downtown will moreover further energize Detroit's urban core, which is critical to the entire city's overall health & vibrancy.''
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