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Tom Benson

Tom Benson (born 1927) is the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets. He is currently the owner of several automobile dealerships in ... More »Tom Benson (born 1927) is the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets. He is currently the owner of several automobile dealerships in the Greater New Orleans and San Antonio areas. Benson became wealthy by investing profits from his automobile dealerships in local banks. He eventually purchased several small Southern banks and formed Benson Financial, which he sold to Wells Fargo in 1996. Benson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He purchased the Saints from John Mecom in 1985 after he learned from Governor Edwin W. Edwards that the team was on the verge of being sold to parties interested in moving the team to Jacksonville, Florida. As a successful businessman, he recognized the economic implications of such a move not only for the city of New Orleans, but for the state of Louisiana as well, which was in the midst of a deep economic recession caused by plummeting crude oil prices. Ownership of the team was officially transferred to him on May 31, 1985. Shortly after... [ Wikipedia ]

In New Orleans, Benson Gets All-Star Treatment

He is Tom Benson. And in New Orleans, NBA fans and community leaders are grateful the NFL owner — who also now owns the Pelicans — finally came around. "He really stepped up to the plate in a big way, because there was more than an idle threat that our team was going to get moved out of ...

Billionaire Saints Owner Tom Benson To Score $400 Million Revenue Boost From Agreement With State

The state of Louisiana agreed to move administrative offices to a tower Saints owner Tom Benson owns — and pay a 33% premium on rent. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) After investing a fortune in the Big Easy, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson became known ...

David Stern: Horents have not applied for new name yet

Hornets owner Tom Benson owns the rights to the name Pelicans, but no action has been taken yet. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NBA Commissioner David Stern says the New Orleans Hornets have yet to file required paperwork with the league to change the team's name. However, Stern says he won't ...

Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck, Sean Payton, Doug Martin, more Week 9 thoughts

And if he does leave, owner Tom Benson will likely feel betrayed -- unless Payton convinces him for family reasons he is best off in Dallas, where his family has relocated. Benson has been hugely supportive of Payton this offseason, leasing him an office and making sure he's ...

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Carson Palmer to Arizona Cardinals, Matt Flynn to Oakland Raiders moves make sense, but they're not...

I think it didn't get noticed at the league meeting, but it should: Saints owner Tom Benson gave a short valedictory address of sorts to the league's Finance Committee members, resigning after more than two decades on the important league committee. He also left two other league ...

Sean Payton reinstated to New Orleans Saints by NFL

Saints owner Tom Benson welcomed back his coach. "We are all thankful that Sean Payton has been reinstated," Benson said. "We have a lot of work to do and we are in the middle of it right now. " Payton recently signed a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 ...

Super Bowl, Tebow, Saints: Answers to Readers' Questions

If Sean Payton doesn’t come back, do you see Vitt getting the nod as head coach or is there someone else you think that the Saints will pursue for the job?–Andrew S. Northwest Florida It’s hard for me to imagine Tom Benson letting Payton go – almost impossible to imagine. Payton is in a ...

Drew Brees 'confident' Sean Payton to return to New Orlenans

" Loomis and Saints owner Tom Benson could end the uncertainty by getting Payton locked into a new and perhaps more lucrative extension than the more than $6 million annually Payton would have earned had his 2011 deal gone through. And it remains to be seen whether they'll get a deal ...

Jimmy Graham Contract: Latest News and Rumors on Negotiations with Saints

Despite that seemingly tight timeline, Saints owner Tom Benson is confident a solution will be found, even if it doesn't come before the April 22 grievance deadline. Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune passed along comments from Benson about the situation: There's not much pressure ...

Lost engagement ring found by wife of Saints owner, returned to Newsday reporter

Lost engagement ring found by wife of Saints owner, returned to Newsday reporter Gayle Benson, wife of owner Tom Benson, found an engagement ring in the women's room at MetLife Stadium. A relieved reporter was happy to have it back. While the Saints lost to the Jets on Sunday, Gayle ...

With Super Bowl 2013 approaching, Tom Benson remains in the spotlight

With Super Bowl 2013 approaching, Tom Benson remains in the spotlight Gayle and Tom Benson bask in another New Orleans Saints victory. (Photo by Eliot Kamenitz, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive) The casual strolls around town with his wife on his arm bring gawking looks. He's ...

Why Did the New Orleans Hornets Change Their Name To The New Orleans Pelicans?

The name change comes on the heels of new owner Tom Benson officially taking over the club this season.The Hornets, cash strapped and rumored to be in line for another relocation, were technically owned by the NBA for most of last season before Benson stepped in to keep the team ...

Billion-Dollar Knicks and Lakers Top List Of NBA's Most Valuable Teams

Tom Benson, who has owned the NFL’s New Orleans Saints since 1985, bought the Hornets from the NBA in April for $340 million. Benson also extended the team’s lease at the New Orleans Arena through the 2024 season. The NBA, which bought the Hornets from George Shinn in a ...

In New Orleans, Benson Gets All-Star Treatment : NPR

He is Tom Benson. And in New Orleans, NBA fans and community leaders are grateful the NFL owner — who also now owns the Pelicans — finally came around. "He really stepped up to the plate in a big way, because there was more than an idle threat that our team was going to get moved out of ...

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Succession plan in place for New Orleans Saints and Pelicans to remain with Tom Benson's family

Tom Benson New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans Tom Benson has owned the New Orleans Saints since 1985 and bought the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) Five months ago Tom Benson was the sixth-oldest owner in the NFL. Today...

As NBA All-Star game nears, Tom Benson grows legacy as savior of New Orleans pro sports

As NBA All-Star game nears, Tom Benson grows legacy as savior of New Orleans pro sports NEW ORLEANS — One of the people most responsible for bringing NBA All-Stars back to the Big Easy this weekend is an 86-year-old man who wasn't that into basketball for much of his life. He is Tom ...

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New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson picked the right time to invest in the NBA

Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson and members of the Saints' front office react as it is announced that five Saints made the Pro Bowl during the game between the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena on Friday, December 27, 2013. (Michael DeMocker, Nola.com ...

Brees Wants To Bury Bounty Probe, Help New Orleans : NPR

Owner Tom Benson spoke at an NFL event promoting the importance of children doing more physical activity on Wednesday. He has invited Goodell to the team party in New Orleans' City Park on Thursday night, and he will attend Goodell's main media event Friday and has even invited the ...

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Hornets announce name change to Pelicans

January 24, 2013 (NEW ORLEANS) -- Hornets owner Tom Benson says changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship. The Hornets announced Thursday they are going ahead with the name change. The NBA has to approve it, but ...

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