Tom Wilson will become an employee of Ilitch Holdings, according to Channel 7 in Detroit:
Wilson will be responsible for heading up all the talks surrouding a new stadium for the Detroit Red Wings. The move is right up Wilson’s alley considering he was involved in the building of the Palace in Auburn Hills.
He will report directly to Mike Ilitch.
But the Associated Press is reporting an Ilitch Holdings spokesman denied the hire:
The company controlled by pizza mogul Mike Ilitch is denying it has hired Tom Wilson, who resigned last week as the Detroit Pistons’ president and chief executive officer.
Detroit’s WXYZ-TV reported Monday evening that Wilson was joining Ilitch Holdings Inc. A spokesman issued a statement afterward saying that while Wilson "would be a terrific additional to any organization," the company would not comment on his next possible career move.
Ansar Khan of MLive paints a clearer picture:
Tom Pyden, vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement: “Clearly, Tom had a great career with the Pistons and the Palace. While we were competitors in the marketplace, we always admired Tom and his staff for their accomplishments on and off the court. Tom would be a terrific addition to any organization, but beyond that, we are not going to comment on speculation regarding Tom’s next possible career move.’’
So, Ilitch Holdings didn’t actually deny the report. Pyden just didn’t confirm it, and there’s a big difference. Khan reports a press conference will occur later today. This is happening.
Does it make Mike Ilitch more likely to buy the Pistons?