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

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Reports: Benson to seek relocation to S.A. permanently, registers ownership entity in Texas

Several reports are indicating today that Tom Benson will seek to relocate the Saints permanently to San Antonio.

The news comes as the last of Saints games in Louisiana was played today before a sparse crowd in Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium.

WWL-TV reported that Benson has told Saints players and employees to maintain their leases in San Antonio, because the team is going to stay there.

A source told WWL-TV that Benson is considering suing the NFL if it forces the Saints to return to New Orleans.

NFL vice president of communications Joe Browne told WWL-TV that NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will decide where the Saints will play next year, but noted that teams can apply for a franchise transfer or relocation up until mid-January.

With this in mind, the Baton Rouge Advocate is reporting that Benson revoked his controlling interest's registration with the Louisiana secretary of state's office, and registered with the Texas secretary of state on October 31 - one day after the WWL-TV camera incident and on the same day as his email to NFL offices bashing Baton Rouge.

The Advocate importantly notes that this move may force any legal action between the NFL and the Saints to Texas courts.

It should also be noted that San Antonio mayor Phil Hardburglar was once a judge in Texas, before his election to his present office.

Continually escalating...


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