I'm not sure how I feel about this news. It certainly is nice that the uncertainty can be put to rest (presumably for at least 12 years). There certainly are a number of pros with Benson owning the team. The cons I am most concerned with are the monopoly issue and how he will manage this organization. Until the success of the 2006 season Benson wasn't exactly regarded as the savior of New Orleans Saints football. He has a product in the Superdome that basically sells itself at this point (not always the case). He will need to understand the dynamic of fan and sponsor acquisition and retention in the world of the NBA. One of the primary reasons I have maintained Hornets season tickets for the last 4 years is the excellent job the Hornets and particularly my season ticket representative have done in making me feel connected to this team. There is a genuine appreciation of the time and financial commitment season ticket holders make to "be in". I hope that Tom Benson the car dealer doesn't rear his head in the way the Hornets engage fans.
Agree. I give Tom Benson no credit for turning the Saints around, and it pisses me off to hear people laud the good they think he's done for the organization. After Katrina he wanted to move the team to San Antonio where he lives (for most of the time) and does business. Outside forces stifled that attempted move and his granddaughter righted the ship. That said, you have to believe he's learned his lesson about what it takes to run a successful franchise, and hopefully the Benson regime brings that knowledge to the Hornets. I also agree about the customer service bit when it comes to season tickets. The Saints treat you like you're lucky to give them thousands of dollars. The Hornets act a lot more appreciative. All in all, though, this is great news for the team, the city, the state, and the region.