View Full Version : Saints may move to San Antonio

05-12-2005, 07:21 PM
Apparently, good ol' Tom Benson doesn't want to help pay to renovate the Superdome. Way to give back to New Orleans, Tom. :rolleyes:

Attorney: Benson may move Saints
Associated Press

An attorney for New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson told a newspaper that Benson is interested in moving the football team out of Louisiana and possibly to San Antonio, Albuquerque, N.M., or Los Angeles.

Benson already has implicitly threatened to move the NFL franchise when discussing negotiations with the State of Louisiana over the Saints' Louisiana Superdome lease. He said last year that the state could accept his stadium proposals or "tell us to leave."

But Benson has declined to comment specifically about what his options would be if he left New Orleans.

On Wednesday, the San Antonio Express-News quoted Benson attorney and friend Stanley Rosenberg as saying that Benson has a strong interest in moving the Saints out of New Orleans and is considering invoking an exit clause in his lease with the Louisiana Superdome after the 2005 season.

"Tom has a house in San Antonio, a ranch in San Antonio and business interests in San Antonio," Rosenberg said. "He likes San Antonio very much."

Last month, Benson broke off lease negotiations with the state, saying he preferred to wait until after the 2005 season to resume talks. Under the current lease, the Saints will have 90 days after next season to inform the state of their intentions to stay or leave. If Benson leaves, he would have to repay the state about $81 million in cash subsidies he has received since the current lease took effect in 2001.

Benson initially asked for a new stadium but said he would settle for a renovated Superdome along with a package of cash subsidies and other incentives. The state has offered to renovate the dome but has asked Benson to pay part of the cost and to accept lower cash subsidies than he currently receives once the renovation is complete.

Rosenberg told the newspaper he's received several offers from parties interested in either buying the Saints or persuading Benson to move the team. One offer exceeded $1 billion, Rosenberg said.

"Tom has many alternatives when it comes to the Saints and he has received many different offers, including one from Los Angeles," Rosenberg told the newspaper.

Rosenberg said he met last week with representative of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson about the possibility of the Saints moving to Albuquerque.

"They have an interest, a real interest, in having a National Football League team," Rosenberg said. He said Richardson's representatives already have requested a follow-up meeting.

05-12-2005, 11:44 PM
Isn't Anaheim building a new "fooball" stadium? Move 'em there...that way the city could have the Saints and the Angels to help offset the fact that Kobe Bryant lives in Anaheim :roll:

Actually, damn...this wouldn't work. The Angels are in Los Angeles now, aren't they :rolleyes:

05-12-2005, 11:49 PM
Isn't the Rose Bowl being rebuilt also?

Class of 1990
05-13-2005, 12:58 AM
Funny but this time I'm for the owner.

New Orleans builds a new arena for Shin(sp) so the Hornets can come from Charlotte to stink up their town more. At least for a smaller market team Benson spends money and tries to make the Saints winners. (Still no playoff wins, I think, they may be cursed in NO).

ALB no way !!! They don't have a stadium or the corporate backers needed to buy the suites.

SA has the stadium. He lives there and they are large enough I think. They can't be an NBA only town forever.

LA would be the best choice. #2 market. $$$$ ETC.

Funny no mention of Tucson. haha but sad. I don't think any of us will live to see any major sports franchise located here.

05-13-2005, 04:51 AM
The San Antonio Saints actually has a good ring to it.

05-13-2005, 12:58 PM
Red McCombs, the current owner of the Vikings, lives in San Antonio too. If you hear his name mentioned as a partner after deal for the Vikings goes through, then the Saints leaving New Orleans looks like a definite possibility.