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Old 02-06-2001, 06:45 AM   #3
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Default Speaking of Superbowls...

New Orleans hosts its' 9th in 2002,more than any other city.We are hoping the Saints can make a run at being the first "home" team to play in a Superbowl.

Mr. Benson meets with Gov. Foster tomorrow to see what the state can do to help.The Saints,as everyone knows,play in the Superdome which is a state owned facility that Benson has to lease to play in.Additionally,Benson has to split all revenues with the state,whereas teams that own their own stadiums keep that revenue for themselves.

The shared revenue from tv rights should be around 70 million per team ths year,but the real sticking point for Benson is the UNSHARED revenue that other owners get to keep and use to hire top free agents.
...things like box seats and luxury suites,naming rights,signage and advertising,personal seat licenses,concessions,parking,etc....

The problem is trying to convince legislators in "small town La.". that it is in the states best interest to keep the Saints in New Orleans.

Personally,I would HATE to see them leave,but Mr. Benson has to have access to the same money that every other owner in the league has access to without having to split it with the state.

apologies for the long posts...I suppose this stuff is only of interest to Saints fans...
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