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, April 16, 2006

Ferrell: Saints still could move to L.A.

I know, I know - Easter Sunday is an odd time to make a post about the Saints. But nevertheless, here goes:

Shreveport Times columnist Scott Ferrell has an intriguing piece in today's edition, entitled "Here is some reality to mix with Saints' hopes". In it, Ferrell notes that in spite of the NFL's commitment to the Saints, there exists a very real possibility that the team may relocate to Los Angeles in coming years.

In spite of an NFL-endorsed regionalized approach to building the fan base (and goodwill for some alienated by Tom Benson's antics last fall), Ferrell quotes Gary Roberts, deputy dean of Tulane's law school and a person with tremendous sports law knowledge, as follows:
"Frankly, I cannot imagine in the long term the Saints being in New Orleans. How many years that is, I don't know. But the Saints were at a high risk of leaving before the storm. Now, the situation is far more precarious than before...My gut guess is that some number of years down the road, maybe five, six, seven years, the Saints will be playing in Los Angeles. The NFL is working hard to get a stadium deal done in L.A. and once that is done and in place, they are going to need a team to go there and it seems to me the Saints are the prime choice."
Of course, much will be determined this fall with how the Saints are supported in New Orleans.

So, as always, we shall see what happens.


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