saints (n.) - NFL franchise presently based in New Orleans; boondoggle (n.) - an unnecessary or wasteful project or activity; saintsdoggle (n.) - the Saints' potential relocation situation in New Orleans, and the resulting boondoggle by Louisiana to keep the team from leaving

Monday, December 05, 2005

LSU alum, former team president Jones to monitor Saints' situation for NFL?

In yet another intriguing development, Fox Sports columnist John Czarnecki reported yesterday that the NFL has hired ex-Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints president (and LSU alum) Eddie Jones to keep watch over the situation in New Orleans for NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The story was linked here, and is identified as being linked there through Google (here), but this section apparently was edited out or replaced with a new story (or was intentionally deleted...).

In any event, below is text from Czarnecki's article (courtesy of the messageboards at
"CZAR'S SCOOP: The league has hired former Miami Dolphins president Eddie Jones to represent the commissioner in New Orleans and monitor the situation. Jones, a LSU grad, will live in Louisiana and his first order of business will probably be to ascertain if the Saints can return to their Metairie practice facility early next year. The NFL would support such a move if the neighborhood around the facility is worth moving the players and club personnel back to.

"With the players living there, maybe traveling to all 'home' games wouldn't be such a big deal. The Superdome says it may be ready to host games next November. Owner Tom Benson's concern, though, concerns how many people will be living in New Orleans six months from now."
Maybe the league didn't want such information getting out, since it appears nowhere else and isn't on the linked page anymore.

For the record, Jones, who grew up in Denham Springs, saw his professional football career begin in 1968 with the Saints as the team's business manager. He also served as the team's president and chief operating officer from 1982 to 1985. Additionally, he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001.

After leaving the Saints, Jones worked with the NFL Management Council for two years before being asked by Joe Robbie to join the Dolphins organization.

Said Jones in this biographical January 2005 piece from the Baton Rouge Advocate: "I left when he (former Saints owner John Mecom) sold the team to Tom Benson."

I wonder what caused him to leave his home state, and whether Benson's treatment of him at the time played a role. If it did, I wonder if that will come back to haunt Benson 20 years later.

It's definitely a story worth monitoring...


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