Benson set to void Superdome lease; State says Dome usable by Oct. 2006
On the other hand, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that state officials claim the Superdome could be open for football by next October, in time for a portion of the NFL's 2006 campaign.
It's a battle of the definition over what constitutes "usable." That's important in context of the governing contract's "force majeure" clause.
In any event, Benson clearly is moving forward with plans to relocate the team to San Antonio. That city's mayor, Phil Hardberger, was quoted in the above Express-News article as saying Thursday, "Tom has made it clear he really doesn't want to enter negotiations until the end of the season."
And what's the key for Benson's move? What is his motivation?
We all already know. The Express-News confirmed it today:
"Benson, sources say, believes he can make more money in San Antonio than in Baton Rouge, where the Saints will play four games this season."