HoopsHype Dennis Mannion rumors
The most expensive, eye-popping and perhaps impressive of all renovations done to The Palace under owner Tom Gores awaits Detroit Pistons fans Saturday night. A new state-of-the-art scoreboard hangs in the middle of the arena and although it's been in use during the preseason, Saturday's home opener against the Brooklyn Nets is when many fans will get their first glimpse of the latest renovation to the building. Calling it a scoreboard is actually a huge understatement. "People hear about it, 'Yeah, yeah you've got a scoreboard," said Dennis Mannion, president of Palace Sports & Entertainment. "Then they walk into the seating bowl and the usual expression is 'Oh my. Wow. Oh my.' They're overwhelmed. Booth Newspapers
Palace Sports & Entertainment put the eight days between Pistons home games to good use. The corporation dedicated the Matt Dobek Press Room before Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics to honor the late Pistons vice president of public relations. More than 10 members of Dobek's family were on hand to watch the ceremony featuring comments from Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, Palace president Dennis Mannion and longtime NBA public relations executive Brian McIntyre. Pistons play-by-play announcer George Blaha presided. Detroit Free Press
Mannion said Tuesday there have been discussions about offering the space as part of a package with a high-end sponsor. “The ilk of sponsor that you could attract is typically very big consumer marketers, and they help you with your brand,” Mannion said. “So I think we are doing an OK job here in the Detroit metro area with the Pistons brand, (but) there are sponsors out there that can take you to a whole new level and other markets, and that’s exciting.” Detroit Free Press
The changing of The Palace guard continued this morning with the addition of Dennis Mannion. Mannion, who has 29 years of experience in all four major professional sports leagues, was named the new president of both the Detroit Pistons and The Palace Sports & Entertainment, according to a news release. Booth Newspapers
He will oversee all business operations — including sales, marketing, finance and administration — while Joe Dumars will continue in his role as the head of Pistons basketball operations. “Dennis is very well qualified and will bring a fresh perspective to the organization,” Tom Gores, new owner of the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment, said in a prepared statement. “He is an innovative guy and he shares our visions of creating the best possible experience for our fans. “He also shares our core values of hard work and commitment to the community. Dennis knows what it takes to succeed at a high level and we are excited to have him on board.” Booth Newspapers
Dennis Mannion, 52, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2007 until last year, will be named president of the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment this week. He has worked for teams in all four pro sports, including stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Phillies, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. Detroit Free Press
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