Tom Gores declared a lockout winner

Both Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press and Henry Abbott of TrueHoop said Pistons owner Tom Gores was one of the NBA’s lockout winners. Abbott:

WINNERS: Incoming owners
In Detroit and Philadelphia, they set the purchase price in an environment of league-wide losses and labor uncertainty. Now they emerge with owner-friendly rules, high TV ratings, media-friendly young stars to drive future league-wide ratings, a better national TV deal on the horizon, promising overseas markets and the knowledge that it’ll be harder in the future for opponents to outspend them.

I definitely agree. If the NBA weren’t such a public business, I wonder whether Gores would be trying to flip the Pistons already.

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