Campbell said receiving the public dollars was a "condition" of the team's agreement with the Detroit Downtown Development Authority, the public entity that owns the Little Caesars Arena which is also a new home to the Detroit Red Wings.
According to Chris Barnewall of CBS Sports, the Detroit Pistons' plans to move into the new Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit in October may be put on hold by the National Basketball Association.
"In a sworn affidavit filed late Friday, Palace Sports & Entertainment and Detroit Pistons CFO Greg Campbell said the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court June 1 by activist Robert Davis and City Clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon, might hamper the team's plans to play their first preseason game on October 4 in Detroit, almost 40 years after former owner Bill Davidson took the team to Oakland County".
They argued that the city is required to get voter approval to use property tax revenue from millages for Detroit Public Schools.
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The NBA will hold its board meeting on July 11th, and no team is permitted to relocate without approval of its board of governors, and Campbell indicated significant concern that the league wouldn't approve the move if all legal and financial issues between the team and the city of Detroit are not settled before that date.
The Pistons' move downtown will cost taxpayers an additional $34.5 million in for arena improvements.
While construction of the Little Caesars Arena is coming along, things aren't wrapped and buttoned up just yet. The city said the lawsuit should've been thrown out.