Jets writer's ring found by Saints owner's wife

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A New York Jets beat writer who left her engagement ring in a bathroom after the team's win over New Orleans said it was returned by the Saints' owner's wife.

Owner Michael Jordan seeks Charlotte Hornets nickname for Bobcats

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 21 (UPI) -- Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday he is asking permission for the NBA team to change its name to the Hornets.

New Orleans adopts Pelicans nickname

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The New Orleans NBA team will officially change its nickname to the Pelicans next season and will sport new uniform colors, team owner Tom Benson said.

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New Orleans Hornets to become Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- New Orleans' NBA franchise is set to announce it is changing its nickname from the Hornets to the Pelicans, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Saints Coach Payton signs 5-year extension

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- New Orleans Saints head Coach Sean Payton -- who missed the 2012 under a suspension -- has signed a five-year contract extension, the team said Wednesday.

Hornets extend GM Dell Demps' contract

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Hornets announced General Manager Dell Demps has been given a multiyear contract extension, but the terms were not disclosed.
Brees signs long-term contract

Brees signs long-term contract

METARIE, La., July 13 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saints announced Friday they have signed quarterback Drew Brees to a five-year contract.

NBA approves sale of Hornets to Benson

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- The NBA Board of Governors has approved the sale of the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, the league said Wednesday.

New Orleans snares 2014 NBA All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS, April 16 (UPI) -- The National Basketball Association will return to New Orleans for its 2014 All-Star Game, the league said Monday.

NBA: New Orleans 96, Utah 85

NEW ORLEANS, April 13 (UPI) -- Eric Gordon scored eight points during a game-ending, 15-3 run Friday that gave New Orleans a 96-85 win over Utah.

Saints owner buys New Orleans Hornets

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Friday that Tom Benson, owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, had bought that city's basketball team.
Payton apologizes for bounties

Payton apologizes for bounties

NEW ORLEANS, March 23 (UPI) -- New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton apologized Friday and said he took responsibility for the team's bounty program that brought heavy punishment from the NFL.
NFL: Saints paid to injure opponents

NFL: Saints paid to injure opponents

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- The NFL announced Friday New Orleans Saints defensive players had received extra payment for attempting to intentionally injure opponents.
Mercedes-Benz gains Superdome name rights

Mercedes-Benz gains Superdome name rights

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Mercedes-Benz has purchased the naming rights for the recently renovated Louisiana Superdome, the New Orleans Saints announced Monday.
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Tom Benson
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson parades through the Superdome with Rita Benson (L) and Saints owner/executive vice president Rita Benson LeBlanc (R) after his club beat the Atlanta Falcon 23 to 3 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on September 25, 2006. It was the first game to be played at the Superdome since it was used as a shelter during Hurricane Katrina over a year ago. (UPI Photo/A.J. Sisco)

See also Tom Benson (American football) and Tom Benson (politician) for the Northern Ireland Unionist.

Tom Benson (born 1927 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was the owner of the New Orleans Saints NFL team. 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 passed ownership of the team to his granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc.

Benson purchased the Saints from John Mecom in 1985 after he learned from Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards that the team was on the verge of being sold to parties interested in moving the team from New Orleans, Louisiana 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.

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