The last part of the comment from Doug Thornton, regional vice-president of SMG, the company which operates both the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center concerning the over the dispute between Tom Benson and his family over the future ownership of the Saints and Pelicans was omitted from the online edition of the New Orleans Advocate on Friday.
Thornton’s complete comment was: “Essentially the same people who were running the show for the Saints and Pelicans yesterday will be running the show tomorrow. Those are the persons we deal with on a day-to-day basis. So from that perspective it really doesn’t change things.
“The Saints are committed here through 2025, and the partnership between Mr. Benson, SMG and the state has never been stronger.
“We respect his decision and know that it is one he did not take lightly. We also consider it an internal matter.”