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FinSaint 04-13-2012 12:21 PM

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson buys NBA'S Hornets

The New Orleans Saints announced that owner Tom Benson has purchased the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

Benson, who initially bid on the team in January before walking away, will be the teams's sole owner, acccording to the Times-Picayune.

The purchase price was $338 million, announced.

As late as Friday morning, the Board of Governors was meeting at the St. Regis Hotel, apparently still mulling offers from Benson and a group headed by California swimwear manufacturer Raj Bhathal, which includes Benson's youngest brother Larry Benson and former minority owner Gary Chouest, according to the Times-Picayune. But the decision was reportedly announced in Tom Benson's favor.

The Hornets were most recently owned by the NBA, which had been in the process of finding private ownership committed to keeping the franchise in New Orleans.

NFL rules prohibit owners from having other sports franchises in NFL markets other than their own. news: New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson buys NBA'S Hornets

mikesaintfan 04-13-2012 12:36 PM

wow...i bought sneakers today...$388mil??? wow

Luda34 04-13-2012 01:23 PM

That's good at least the teams not going anywhere now

AlaskaSaints 04-13-2012 03:23 PM

Looks like the Superbowl WIN was good to ol' Tom.

And a helluva snub toward Goodell !!!

"F.U., Roger. Watch THIS!"



NuNu318 04-13-2012 03:25 PM

Very happy about this. Benson has had his fare share of shady dealings everybody knows that. But I think he realizes that he can solidify the Benson family empire by entrenching himself in N.O. having both franchises and so much real estate in that area kind of makes him the poor man's (well not poor...u know what I mean) Donald Trump in N.O.

As a Hornets fan I'm excited and would really like a rebranding. Make them the New Orleans VooDoo!!! Do it NOW!! LOL I know the name belongs to the AFL team but throw them a $50 bucks and a Snowball and lets get this thang rollin!!!

SaintsBro 04-14-2012 10:55 AM

I agree a rebranding is what that team really needs. I've been to a few games and it always feels like I'm watching somebody else's team...there's hardly any local vibe to it at all...that blue is a Carolina color, and the Hornets name refers to Carolina "rebels" in the revolutionary war, which is cool and all but it's nothing to do with New Orleans. Hugo is great, though.

I kinda wish they would keep the Hornets name and keep Hugo, but ditch the teal and go to black and yellow, like Zulu colors, not black and gold (which should belong to the Saints). Then they could make Hugo look like a normal John Belushi killer bee. But black and yellow -- those colors are the color scheme of both Zulu and the Jazz Fest -- to me that's a very New Orleans color scheme, and it keeps with the whole bee thing. And I'd put a brass band in the seats by courtside, to stand up and play in between quarters.

AllSaints 04-14-2012 11:05 AM

Hornets won't help us win a super bowl Bree's will pay the man already dammmmmmnnnnn !

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