Palace Sports and Entertainment

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Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) is an American sports and entertainment company owned by Tom Gores. Its largest subsidiary is the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

The company was founded by Bill Davidson, and traces its roots to Davidson's purchase of the Pistons in 1974. Its current structure dates from 1988, when the Pistons moved to a new arena, The Palace of Auburn Hills. Davidson was company chairman until his death in 2009. His widow, Karen, sold the company to Gores in 2011.

PS&E also owned the now-defunct Detroit Safari of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, Detroit Fury of the AFL, and Detroit Vipers of the IHL.

PS&E owned the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League,[1] the Asheville Tourists of minor league baseball's South Atlantic League, and the WNBA's Detroit Shock until 2009, when the team was sold to a group of investors from Oklahoma.[2]

PS&E also owns and/or operates several venues, including the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, and the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the Oakland University.

On October 8, 2017, in the wake of the closure of The Palace of Auburn Hills in favor of Little Caesars Arena, Palace Sports & Entertainment announced a joint venture with Olympia Entertainment, owner of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings. The venture, known as 313 Presents, assumed responsibility for entertainment booking, production, media relations, and promotion of the two companies' venues.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Tampa Bay Sports And Entertainment LLC Closes on Purchase of Tampa Bay Lightning". Tampa Bay Lightning. March 3, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "WNBA's Shock will relocate to Tulsa". October 20, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  3. ^ McCollum, Brian (October 8, 2017). "313 Presents: What this Palace-Olympia deal means for metro Detroit entertainment". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Graham, Adam (October 8, 2017). "Palace, Olympia staffs form new venture, 313 Presents". The Detroit News. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Shea, Bill (October 22, 2017). "313 Presents exerts unusual control over show market". Crain's Detroit Business. Archived from the original on October 23, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2018.

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