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Tom Benson taking over NBA's Hornets
April, 13, 2012
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Give New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson credit for one thing. He’s not letting the whole saga of the bounty program keep him from moving on.
Benson reportedly has reached an agreement with the NBA to buy the New Orleans Hornets.
Benson has owned the Saints since 1985, and wasn’t always viewed favorably by fans. He reportedly wanted to move the Saints permanently to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina. But former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue urged Benson to keep the team in New Orleans.
Benson did, and eventually worked out a long-term deal that included major upgrades to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Until the bounty program was exposed, the Saints have enjoyed an unprecedented era of success since 2006.
Maybe Benson can make a similar story out of the Hornets. But he also might want to get Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed to a long-term contract before the team’s offseason program starts Monday.
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