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The sports world lost Tom Benson, the man , yes, turned who saved sports in the Big Easy, and his accomplishments cannot be overstated.
The man, yes, turned the Saints into Super Bowl winners, but also kept the team in town when he could’ve easily left after Hurricane Katrina. This same man saved basketball after the Hornets left town. No, New Orleans may not be a basketball town, but Benson has laid the foundation for it as a possibility. The only people who should complain about anything basketball related are the citizens of Seattle, who lost the Sonics not too long ago.
Benson didn’t take that route either, which is more than worthy of applause.. Fact is, this native of New Orleans made that town a big league city, and that is more than worthy of an induction into the Pro Football and basketball Halls of Fame as a contributor.
it’s just so heartbreaking Benson is gone; there aren’t many owners in pro sports like him. He’s set an example for future owners of sports franchises to emulate, and he’ll be sorely missed.