Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On Wilson Resignation, Lions' Ticket Prices And Stallworth

I thought Tom Wilson’s resignation from the Pistons today was stunning. I certainly didn’t see it coming.
The Pistons have been as stable as a professional sports franchise can be the last quarter of a century, but obviously now they has hit a rocky road Attendance is down significantly. The team on the court is in flux. There are ownership issues. There has been much speculation about what the Pistons are going to do at the trade deadline, but a lot of the NBA is based on how much a team is willing to pay in terms of long-term contracts. If the Pistons do unload long-term deals, are they doing so to capitalize on the prime-time free agent class this summer, or to simply clear the books to make the franchise more desirable for a potential buyer?

Random Thoughts

- There is a good reason Lions lowered the price of many of their tickets today - and it wasn’t out of sympathy for their loyal fans. They had to. Especially those club-level seats. It’s been shocking the last two seasons how few people have been sitting in those premium-priced seats.

- I don’t think the Lions missed out by not signing wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who signed with the Ravens. If he were younger, the risk might have made more sense. But the Lions aren’t at a stage where they are looking for the final pieces to a puzzle, but rather seeking a nucleus.

My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press on United States-Canada hockey rivalry



Blogger said...

Donte’ Stallworth is a loser who should still be locked up! If an average person pled guilty to DUI vehicular manslaughter, he or she would certainly be sentenced to more than thirty days in jail. I hope he is a failure in his return to the NFL. The fact that he will be making $900,000 with an additional $300,000 in incentives is a shame. He should donate some of that money to charity.

4:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how in God's name is Stallworth going to miss less time on the field (and less wages lost) than Vick? It's just disgusting that we as a society seem to place less value on a human life than animal life. this guy wont face half the ridicule as vick did last year with all the peta protestors. i cringe to see what the world will be like in another 30 years.

on another note, it's a gut wrenching feeling to see tom wilson quit. doesnt look good for the pistons (and I wonder what this means for Joe D.)

6:34 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

The difference between Vick and Stallworth - and I'm not saying it's right - is that he cooperated with the police immediately and paid the victims family a lot of money. Vick denied everything and it took a huge invesigation to undercover his crimes.

2:55 PM 

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