ClickOnDetroit.com’s Rob Parker said Tom Wilson, CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment is out.
According to Parker’s sources, Wilson is officially gone from the position already.
Wilson has been the president of Detroit Pistons for the past 15 years and 18 years as president of Palace Sports & Entertainment, Inc., which includes The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Detroit Shock.
Rob Parker is not the most reliable. I’d put the odds of this being accurate at 70-30.
But if this true, wow. Wilson was such a prominent in the organization. To speculate, this is a sign of disarray behind the scenes. I’m left with a lot of questions:
Was there a rift between Wilson and Karen Davidson? Whose decision was this? Why hasn’t the transition from Bill Davidson to Karen’s ownership been smoother?
Last year, when Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson approached Ostfield about exchanging his role as senior vice president of business and legal affairs for the title of chief operating officer, Ostfield asked that the move be put on hold.
"Basically, I said ‘no’ out of respect for the organization," said Ostfield, who has been with Palace since 2000. "I asked Tom to give it more time, to allow people to get more comfortable with me."
Wilson was understandably surprised.
"It’s not the usual thing you expect when someone is offered a position like that," Wilson said. "… [But] for a new guy to come in, it would be stepping on a lot of toes. Alan was extremely sensitive to that, and when we discussed [the COO job], he said, ‘Not yet. Let me earn my way.’ "
Wilson agreed to wait, but when he came back to the subject a year later, there was no debate. Wilson wanted the company’s 300 full-time and 1,500 part-time employees to begin viewing Ostfield as a policy maker.
In fact, Wilson decided he wanted the staff to think of himself and Ostfield as "1A and "1B."