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

Friday, March 09, 2007

New York Sun shines spotlight on Benson, Saints, San Antonio; Two vultures that just won't quit

Today's New York Sun shines a quick spotlight on the professional sports situation in New Orleans, largely rehashing what is already known to those keeping up with the Saints' off-the-field location issues.

The article, entitled "Pro Sports Far From Easy in New Orleans" by Evan Weiner (who also penned this piece in January's Sun), doesn't contain any earth-shattering news. Perhaps the only real "news" from the article regarding the Saints is that it does state that a former possible plan to move the Saints to Mississippi is no longer on the table.

In this recent San Antonio Business Journal article (which reviewed a poll that revealed most people in San Antonio - by a 2-to-1 margin - do not believe the Saints will relocate there), two prominent vultures are still circling New Orleans with hopes of stealing the Saints from their home city.

The article names former Vikings owner Red McCombs and former Valero Energy Corp. chairman Bill Greehey as the two vultures who just won't give up. They told the Business Journal that "the city may still have an opportunity to land the Saints."

This after the Saints have had exactly one season since Katrina, wherein they sold out the entire Superdome and sold more suites than the Alamodome could ever wish to hold.

Thanks again for your support, San Antonio.


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Anonymous Harahan Saint said...

These stories are going to be around until 2010 when a decision is made on the Saint's future in NOLA. There is no doubt in my mind that Benson would still leave town today if he could, but hopefully something will change in the next couple of years.

My biggest worry is that the city continues to loose businesses at an alarming pace; this has been a problem the past 30 years but Katrina has unfortunately accelerated the trend. Unless our local and state leadership find a way to retain the business that remains (and I am not talking about the tourism establishments such as hotels, but rather the corporate variety)and perhaps attract new business, it is still hard to see the Saints staying in NOLA after 2010. One sold out season in 40 years is nice but there has to be a better long-term solution which we do not have right now and the league will probably not be offering the level of sympathy in 2010 which we are enjoying now.

As for the Hornets, see you later. NOLA's economy and demographics essentially make it a one team town and the Hornets are not going to be it. I don't think this is news to anyone unless they have blinders on.

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