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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; If you want to make a statement to Blanco , here is your chance ...... Saints fans unite ........... http://www.gov.state.la.us/govemail.asp Take action now or the next action may be waving goodbye .........

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Old 05-14-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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If you want to make a statement to Blanco , here is your chance ......

Saints fans unite ...........

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Take action now or the next action may be waving goodbye ......
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Old 05-14-2004, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 05-14-2004, 09:09 PM   #3
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How good is the contract if the payments aren\'t made? Is it still binding? Can\'t someone buy the Saints that is a big enough man not to hold the State hostage for money that could go to schools and roads? Do you like baked beans?
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Old 05-15-2004, 12:06 AM   #4
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Failure to contractually comply on the states part , releases the Saints .

Email Blanco and put the pressure on ........
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Old 05-15-2004, 12:14 AM   #5
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- News that the state was $10 million short on its payment to the New Orleans Saints was a blow to lawmakers trying to choose among budget cut scenarios, but House Speaker Joe Salter said Friday the state shouldn\'t default on the payment.


\"That\'s not really an option,\" he said.

Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc, the governor\'s chief money adviser, said he doubts the Legislature would agree to use general operating cash -- known as general fund dollars -- to fill the hole, however.


And Gov. Kathleen Blanco said she wouldn\'t support using the general fund, suggesting a possible renegotiation of the payment.

\"Although discussing options is premature, I can tell you about my guiding principle: I will not support using any general fund revenue to meet our obligations with the Saints. We have many critical unmet obligations in our budget,\" the governor said in a statement released Friday.

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Old 05-15-2004, 09:01 AM   #6
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How good is the contract if the payments aren\'t made? Is it still binding? Can\'t someone buy the Saints that is a big enough man not to hold the State hostage for money that could go to schools and roads? Do you like baked beans?
As an out-of-stater, I haven\'t kept up with this whole deal. But having the state pay a bribe to keep the Saints sure smells like corporate welfare. I wonder George Steinbrenner or Jerry Jones have a relative who would like to own a football team and keep them in Louisiana?

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Sen. Ken Hollis, R-Metairie, , said if the payments are not made by July 5, the state can be placed in default of its contract with the franchise. If the default is not addressed within 75 days of July 5, the team can move without repaying the state any of the money given to it.


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Old 05-16-2004, 12:48 PM   #8
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Don\'t worry guy\'s the State will show us all the money. The State realizes how much revenue the Saints bring to the table each and every year, not to mention the exposure for our great city. The Hornets are already rumored to be leaving, again, so would the State take the chance of having no major sports team? I think not. Let\'s get the money from the oil and chemical companies that have raped and polluted our State for years. Let\'s make them pay for the years of abuse and neglect to our State. Just an idea from a fan that really cares about the State and the SAINTS.

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Old 05-17-2004, 05:58 PM   #9
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It seems like every few years, New Orleans Saints fans have to worry about the future of the franchise in the Crescent City. Now, it is another one of those crisis periods. The State of Louisiana is $10 million short on a $15 million payment due to the New Orleans Saints in early July. In a deal crafted between the Saints and officials in the Foster administration, the State of Louisiana agreed to compensate the Saints $187 million in concessions and payments, with the first one being paid in 2003. However, in 2003, the state could not complete the $12.5 million payment and had to cover the shortage with assistance from the private group that manages the Superdome.



The shortage this year is ever greater and is due to several factors. For one, no one has been able to sell the naming rights to the Louisiana Superdome. The $3 million asking price has been too steep for any corporate takers, despite the fact that the facility hosts many high profile events each year. The problem is that the stadium has an already established name in the public’s mind and the Saints have been very clear that they would like to vacate the building as soon as possible. So, no corporation has been willing to take a chance on the naming rights, especially with that high price tag. In addition, the funds were supposed to come from the hotel-motel tax revenue. However, a fund that was growing at a rate of 7% per year has actually declined since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, making that source no longer viable. So, where will the funds come from?



Obviously, in a $17 billion budget, there are plenty of areas where the state can derive the funds. For one, we still have legislative slush funds that account for approximately $20 million per year. We could dedicate a portion of this money and really put it to a good cause, as opposed to the whim of sometimes-frivolous legislative requests. In addition, the state just realized an additional $108-$160 million in revenue for the general fund due to an increase in oil and gas revenue this year. The Saints money could easily come from this extra revenue. Unfortunately, Governor Blanco has ruled out this attractive option, stating “I will not support using any general fund revenues to meet our obligations to the Saints.” The Governor wants the team to renegotiate the deal they just recently signed with the state, but what if the Saints do not want to negotiate again? If the Saints do not agree to renegotiations and the deal is voided, there exists the very real possibility that the team will leave New Orleans for Los Angeles or San Antonio or any number of other cities. If the payments are not made by July 5, 2004 then the state is in default and has 75 days to make good the commitment to the organization. If not, the Saints are free to leave.



The loss of a NFL team would be enormous. The Saints receive a tremendous amount of exposure due to being in the most popular sports league in the country. The games provide tax revenue and bring tourists to town. The team has a significant payroll with players and full-time employees and has a large headquarters and training facility in Metairie. Also, the team uses the Superdome for 10 dates a year, with 70,000 fans each week, which benefit vendors, restaurants and countless other businesses in New Orleans.



However, the biggest blow from this deal going sour, will be to the prestige of the State of Louisiana. Since the State agreed to the deal, it needs to fulfill its commitments. A state that cannot be trusted in dealing with a major business will not likely attract many other businesses to our struggling economy. We cannot be seen as untrustworthy or a bad business partner because our image is already very poor and reneging on a deal with the Saints will just make it much worse.



The Governor of Louisiana needs to make this an immediate priority. It is disturbing that she has not had a private meeting with Tom Benson so far, especially since Benson is the owner of the state’s most important professional sports franchise. Will the Saints be the latest in a troubling trend? Just this year, State Farm, Exxon/Mobil and other major corporations have left Louisiana. Incredibly, some legislators do not seem to care if the New Orleans Saints are added to that list. There is a distinct sentiment from some rural and anti-Saints lawmakers to oppose any state funding for the team. There is an argument that some conservatives make that no state money should be used to retain business in Louisiana. However, when the economic benefits outweigh the state investment, as in the case of the New Orleans Saints, a state investment is not only good business, but it is imperative. Such an investment is a wise use of state resources for economic development purposes, something that other states have been doing successfully for years, while Louisiana has been left behind.



Let’s not add the New Orleans Saints to the list of our economic development failures. The deal the Foster administration crafted with the team was a good one for the state. Clearly, an investment in the New Orleans Saints is a good investment. We particularly need to keep our commitment to the team since it is so high profile and it will send a message to other businesses. It was also enacted only a few short years ago. If we fail to complete this agreement, there are many other cities willing and able to take this team. The loss of the Saints would be bad for state prestige and the morale of hundreds of thousands of Saints fans in Louisiana. Let’s hope the Governor and her legislative team wakes up to this reality before it is too late.

http://bayoubuzz.com/articles.aspx?aid=1645


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Old 05-18-2004, 10:11 AM   #10
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When the story hit the newspapers, we could hear the radio call-in guests’ remarks before they even made them.

“There go the Saints again.”

“Hmph. The state has money to give the Saints, but it can’t afford to give the long-suffering teachers a raise.”

“Harrah’s asks for money, and it gets it. The Saints ask for money and they get it. But the state’s healthcare system is facing yet another year of crisis.”

The state last week said it was more than $10 million short on the $15 million it must pay the Saints this year, part of the $186 million package the team got from the state in 2001 when owner Tom Benson threatened to move the National Football League franchise.

That year, many fans were outraged that Benson would dare demand concessions from the state after the team – considered by some a preseason favorite to make the playoffs – suffered a late-season swoon and spent the postseason at home.

Many lawmakers from farflung parts of Louisiana ridiculed the idea of the state subsidizing a multi-millionaire.

And there is a populist appeal to such a notion. After all, in a capitalist system, the team should have to fend for itself and if it can’t make money it should fold.

The problem was that the team won’t fold, it will just move into a state that will make its economic surroundings more cozy.

As for this year’s $15 million payment owed the Saints, the state needs to pony up the cash. State leaders, particularly then-Gov. Mike Foster, pushed through the deal and now the state must live up to its end.

The state had planned on a hotel and motel tax in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish to generate enough revenue to pay off the yearly obligation to the team.

In return, the team would stay in New Orleans. That, obviously, would be a good situation for the state. The Saints generate a lot of money in taxes and in secondary spending. In addition, having the Saints means the Superdome can try to get future Super Bowls. If the Dome loses its NFL team, the Super Bowl – and its hundreds of millions of dollars – is gone forever.


However, after Sept. 11, 2001, the tourism that would have supported the tax dropped off significantly.

The end result is that the state now has yet another budget crunch. This one could affect its business dealings with an important business, so paying up is a priority – despite what the amateur pundits say.

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