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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Why wouldnt they move to LA? Because I don\'t believe investors from LA would want to buy a team that did\'nt have a chance to win for the first 4 or 5 years at least....

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Old 11-10-2004, 05:40 PM   #11
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Why wouldnt they move to LA? Because I don\'t believe investors from LA would want to buy a team that did\'nt have a chance to win for the first 4 or 5 years at least.
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Gimme a break. A team is better than NO team. Coaches take jobs at organizations with no talent. Teams spend hundreds of millions on expansion franchises. You guys have to learn that money is what makes the NFL go round and there is ALWAYS someone willing to take a shot. That\'s why Houston is willing to spend ungodly sums of money on an expansion team and good coaches like Denny Green and Marvin Lewis take jobs in Arizona and Cincinnati. Why do you think Haslett took the Saints job in the first place? Our 3-13 record wowed him? Why did Benson buy the losingest franchise in the game (except maybe for Tampa at that point)? There is ALWAYS someone ready to buy a team - winning or not.

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Old 11-10-2004, 07:34 PM   #13
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Actually they want a team in LA and the commish is talking with a software magnet they don\'t want Benson in LA so he may sell the team to the magnet and then they will move to LA.
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:58 PM   #14
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You mean the CEO of Oracle? Larry Ellison? Big sailing fan? That the guy you talking about?

Actually he said he\'s in the market for a football OR basketball team. He also didn\'t say he wants the team in LA. People know that Tagliapoo wants a team in LA, he lives in LA, he wants a team. So people speculate. The Saints WILL PROBABLY MOVE... BUT NOT YET. Bottom line - the team ain\'t for sale and say what you will about Benson but he has been very dedicated to NO and the State. The Saints WILL NOT move to LA. I\'m so tired of hearing about this. It used to be every three years, now we can\'t go 3 games. The Saints moving to LA rumor isn\'t new folks. It started a decade ago. It\'s not going to happen. It simply comes up more frequently when the Saints are losing. I\'ve got news for you guys - if winning and losing really affected Benson\'s bottom line - and that\'s ALL that matters - he would have moved the team a LONG time ago.

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Old 11-11-2004, 12:09 AM   #15
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Ellison was the one, but it\'ll fade from memory in about 6 month\'s when he\'s found another pet project. The guy has the attention span of a 6 year old and has a hard-on for Gates.
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Old 11-11-2004, 12:40 AM   #16
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Question
WHY?
Why would Benson sell?
Why would he sell to an LA owner
Why would he sell to the NFL?
Money isn\'t there
Plus,
the NFL would lose money... perrenially
Why is this rumor so rampant? LA the state is much more suited for football


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Old 11-11-2004, 08:34 PM   #17
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Forget Benson for a moment, and look at the city\'s interest in the Saints. It\'s no secret that a monumental amount of New Orleans\' capital comes from tourism, and the Saints are just one more excuse to take off to New Orleans for the weekend. For example, do you think many NFL fans say to themselves: \"Hey, my team is playing in Carolina this weekend, I think I\'ll take a little road trip and check out the nightlife.\" ??? Nope. But \"my team is playing in New Orleans this weekend\" might just be a good excuse to pack up and enjoy Bourbon St. for a night or two, and then catch the noon game before heading home.

Living in Birmingham, I\'m speaking from experience here. Hotel prices in the Quarter skyrocket when the Saints are playing at home, but folks (including me) don\'t seem to have a problem paying up to enjoy a fun-filled weekend plus a game on Sunday. It\'d hurt the city significantly to lose the business (and income) the Saints bring, so don\'t you think they might step up if serious talk of moving the team was going on?
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