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Kentucky Derby dreaming with Saints, Pelicans owners Tom, Gayle Benson

Tom and Gayle Benson own the National Football League's New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. The Bensons are committed to operating model franchises with championship aspirations on the field and court, while also being community leaders in the Gulf South region through extensive investment and involvement. The 2016 season marked...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

He should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he's not even on the ballot | Izenberg

Paul Tagliabue steered the NFL through contentious labor agreements, lucrative TV contracts, expansion and the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. So, why isn't he going into the Hall of Fame? "The city fathers should take down the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle in New Orleans and put up a statue of Paul Tagliabue." -- Louisiana native James...
Via NJ.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Settlement in Texas dispute over Tom Benson estate trust

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A lawsuit in Texas involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly $1 billion family estate trust has been settled. The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/1lFwePG ) that the settlement was reached Friday. Terms are confidential. The dispute involved a trust left by Benson's first wife, who died in 1980. The resolution...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints deny racism allegations by ex-Tom Benson assistant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints are denying allegations of racism and retribution in a federal lawsuit filed by a fired longtime personal assistant to club owner Tom Benson. The lawsuit, filed in November by Rodney Henry, initially centered on allegations that the Saints failed to properly pay Henry for his hours worked. Henry amended the lawsuit Tuesday, accusing Benson...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Favorite Mo Tom wins Lecomte Stakes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Mo Tom rallied from seventh in the final turn and beat stablemate Tom's Ready by 2 1/4 lengths in the $200,000, Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday. Owned by Gayle Benson, the wife of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, Mo Tom broke from the gate as a 2-1 favorite but settled near the back of a nine-horse field before...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Powerball Winner Of Record $1.5 Billion Jackpot Richer Than These NFL Owners (Photos)

California lottery is reporting that the winning Powerball ticket was, in fact, sold which means someone out there just joined the $1.5 billion club. Of course, they could be wrong, there could be multiple winners, and the one confirmed winner still has to step forward and claim the prize. But if they do, just how rich would they be? Here’s a handful of notable NFL owners said...
Via NESN.com
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Judge orders Tom Benson to give deposition in family feud

SAN ANTONIO (AP) A Texas judge has ordered New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson to give a deposition in a court battle over control of a Benson family estate trust worth almost $1 billion. Bexar (pronounced BEAR) County Probate Judge Rom Rickhoff on Wednesday ordered a Jan. 21 deposition by the 88-year-old billionaire in San Antonio unless an earlier time and place...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Benson scoffs at suggestion he sell Saints, Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson scoffed at a suggestion this weekend that he sell his NFL and NBA teams because of his age and a protracted legal struggle with estranged heirs. The 88-year-old Benson made his stance known in a written statement disseminated by the team on the same day as a front-page Times-Picayune editorial that stated Benson...
Via AP on Fox
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Longtime Saints announcer Jerry Romig dies at 86

On Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints were saddened by the news of the passing of longtime public address announcer Jerry Romig. He hadn’t worked with the team since 2013 after his retirement, but it was certainly a sad day for Saints fans everywhere. “Jerry Romig was part of our team, part of our family,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “One of my favorite days...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Payton plans on coaching Saints ‘long past this season’

Sean Payton isn’t interested in leaving the New Orleans Saints. At least, that’s what he’s saying right now publicly. “Well, I said this earlier in the season. … This is my ninth year coaching here in New Orleans, and it’s come up every, I’m going to say, two to three years. And I guess … listen, it comes with the territory,” Payton said, via Mike Triplett of...
Via Sportsnaut
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years - driving Benson to and from work and doing numerous personal errands for Benson and his wife...
Via AP on Fox
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Potential ownership change could send Sean Payton packing

While Tom Benson remains the owner of the New Orleans Saints and has seemingly avoided any type of an ownership shift, that doesn't mean that things will remain that way.As Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports, Benson's estranged daughter, Renee Benson, and her two children, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc are both still pushing to state that Tom is no longer competent to...
Via Fox Sports
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Benson donates $20 million to Ochsner cancer center

Tom Benson knows how to pay back the people who helped to bring him back to health it seems.After Benson donated $5 million back in 2010 to help create the Tom And Gayle Benson Cancer Center at the Ochsner Medical Center, he's decided to donate more money to help expand it.According to Jed Lipinski of The Times-Picayune, Benson has now donated $20 million more to the center who...
Via Fox Sports
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

SCB Steelers vs. Vikings Game Preview

The Steelers and Vikings officially kick off the 2015 NFL season, or preseason if you will, tonight in Canton, Ohio. We’ve already been told that the Steelers will not be playing many of their star players and that’s fine by me. When: 8pm ET Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium TV/Radio: NBC- Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth… Steelers Nation Radio, WDVE Bill Hillgrove, Tunch...
Via Steel City Blitz
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Steelers Vs. Vikings 2015 Preseason Week 1: Game Time, Line, Weather, TV, Injuries & Radio Schedule

2015 Preseason Week 1 Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-0) Kickoff: 8:00 p.m., ET Site: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio Playing Surface: Artificial Turf TV Coverage: NBC Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline) Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network – WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM... The post Steelers...
Via Steelers Depot
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The All Time Saints team from 1967 to 1984

The Saints had their first .500 in 1979 at 8-8 under Dick Nolan. That means the franchise started their history with 13 consecutive losing seasons. The Saints wouldn’t have a winning season until 1987 which marked the time of their first playoff berth. Very few of us remember anything pre Jim Mora (if we even remember/paid attention that far back) and as a Saints history buff I...
Via The Saints Nation
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans pay Anthony Davis a pretty penny, and get a deal

New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s estranged would-be heirs recently took the old man to court, trying to prove he has lost his marbles and that the control of the Pelicans and Saints and future fortune was essential weasled away from the doddering fool by his current wife. His daughter and granddaughter lost that court battle, though they plan on appealing. Tuesday night’s...
Via Rumors and Rants
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Benson's daughter, grandchildren appeal competency ruling

NEW ORLEANS -- The daughter and grandchildren of Tom Benson are appealing last week's ruling that found the Saints and Pelicans owner mentally competent to make his own business decisions. The appeal from daughter Renee Benson and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc, was filed Wednesday. According to their attorney, Randall A. Smith, the refusal of Benson's counsel to allow...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Benson's daughter, grandchildren appeal competency ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The daughter and grandchildren of Tom Benson are appealing last week's ruling that found the Saints and Pelicans owner mentally competent to make his own business decisions. The appeal from daughter Renee Benson and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc, was filed Wednesday. According to their attorney, Randall A. Smith, the refusal of Benson's counsel to...
Via AP on Fox
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Benson ‘wept’ while reading letter in which he disowned family

A Louisiana judge ruled on Thursday that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson was within his right mind when he decided to cut his daughter, Renee, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Rita LeBlanc, out of both his business and personal life. While mentally competent from a legal standpoint, the 87-year-old has clearly been bothered by...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The definitive Top 5 Superdome Concession Rankings

If you’ve been to the Superdome you’re familiar with the elite culinary experience one goes through during a Saints game. In fact, I hear all this talk about Commander’s Palace, Antoine’s, Peche, Landry’s and all these other fancy restaurants getting Zagat’s medal badge of honor but clearly these “critics” have never tasted what uncle Tom Benson has concocted for...
Via The Saints Nation
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trial of Saints, Pelicans owner Benson ends, ruling pending

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson emerged from an eight-day trial on Friday predicting he would maintain control of his teams, despite arguments by his recently estranged heirs that he is unfit to do so. "I already know the decision," Benson said, basing his assessment on state Civil District Judge Kern Reese's countenance as Reese informed both sides...
Via AP on Fox
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints, Pelicans president testifies in Benson trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Attorneys for Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have begun calling their witnesses in the 87-year-old billionaire's mental competency trial, starting with a top sports executive. Dennis Lauscha, who serves as president of New Orleans' NFL and NBA clubs, took the stand Friday afternoon. He was expected to answer questions in closed court about Benson's recent...
Via AP on Fox
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Psychiatrist testifies about mental health of Saints, Pelicans owner

  A psychiatrist who examined New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson spent more than five hours testifying about the 87-year-old billionaire's mental health. And he's not done. Dr. Ted Bloch is one of three physicians who performed a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, the results of which have been sealed. He was called as a witness Thursday by the lawyer representing...
Via AP on Fox
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Kin of Saints, Pelicans owner testify in competency case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A lawyer for the estranged heirs of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson says the courtroom was ''somber'' and ''emotional'' as his clients began testifying about their patriarch's mental state. Taking the witness stand on Tuesday were Benson's daughter, Renee, and his granddaughter, Rita LeBlanc. The pair, along with Renee Benson's son, Ryan LeBlanc, claim in a...
Via AP on Fox
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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