With so many people being locked out of their homes in Detroit, it is hard to imagine why anyone would care that the Pistons are locked out of their Palace. Apathy doesn’t make a sound, and the collective silence coming from Detroit tells us that people have bigger concerns than what happens in the NBA.
Sure, the league just enjoyed one of its most successful seasons (built largely on a mutual loathing of Miami), so even if part of next season is lost, fans will be back.
But the question is not whether the average fan will watch again, but whether they will have any interest in going to the games.
In the present economy, teams like Detroit are having a hard time drawing fans, and a lockout will only make things worse.
The Pistons are currently offering tickets which coincide with their draft position. This means that for $329 dollars you can go to 41 NBA games and buy a house in downtown Detroit ($8 dollars each for the tickets, $1 for the house).
This reflects just how bad things are and how much worse they could get if there is an extended lockout.
In an effort to save my beloved Pistons from some apocalyptic nightmare, which ends with hordes of zombies living in the abandoned shell of The Palace, I will offer five suggestions for how to bring fans to the games and generate interest in the team post-lockout.