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pakowitz 06-04-2004 08:46 AM

Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor B
 
i get a new orleans saints newletter from Neworleanssaints.com, and i received this today....



Dear @#$%*&,


Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor Blanco - June 3, 2004

I enjoyed visiting with Governor Blanco today and having an opportunity to tour her through the new Saints facilities. I expressed to her that the Saints organization strives to be first rate in everything we do and certainly these state of the art facilities are part of that. I would like to express my appreciation to our great fans and supporters throughout the State who have made this possible.

During the course of our meeting Governor Blanco and I had the opportunity to discuss the major State-Saints issues, including the current agreement approved by the legislature in 2002, the Saints standing within the NFL, and the challenges facing both the Saints and the State of Louisiana.

I reiterated to the Governor the many financial commitments which I and the organization have made and the fact that the current contract must be honored. I reminded the Governor that the current agreement was a result of substantial negotiations and was transparent and public.

I also reiterated to Governor Blanco my desire for the Saints to be in New Orleans for the long-term and that we are willing to discuss the long-term plans as they relate to the playing facility. I have instructed my senior staff to work closely with the Governor and her staff to discuss long-term plans beyond the current contract.

The Saints are an important contributor to this great community, both in terms of economic development, community relations and entertainment, and we look forward to continuing these benefits for years to come.

--www.NewOrleansSaints.com--


[Edited on 6/4/2004 by pakowitz]

saintfan 06-04-2004 08:53 AM

Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor B
 
In other words, a deal is a deal govnah.

saintfan 06-04-2004 09:02 AM

Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor B
 
Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Thursday that she is looking \"in every legal nook and cranny\" to find the remaining $7 million of a $15 million payment the state owes Saints owner Tom Benson next month, but that she can make no guarantees.

After Blanco and Benson emerged from a three-hour meeting at the Saints\' offices in metairie, Benson said he expects the state to make the full payment in time to avoid default on its financial commitments to the franchise.

\"A deal is a deal,\" Benson said.

http://www.nola.com/saints/t-p/index...5739048950.xml


rusta 06-04-2004 09:24 AM

Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor B
 
i read in another article that when benson was asked about the NFL\'s interest in putting a team in LA he replied that was a topic that interested him BUT not the saints

leads me to think that he would sell the team before he would move them

is there a rule preventing someone from owning 2 NFL teams?????

saintfan 06-04-2004 09:29 AM

Statement from Tom Benson on today's meeting with Governor B
 
I\'m pretty sure there is...or Jerry Jones would own three by now! ;)


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