Commissioner Roger Goodell recently sent Tom Benson a letter that was obtained by The Advocate to express those regards. He also said he wants New Orleans to host a Super Bowl in the near future.
“The vision for the ‘Big Easy, Super Bowl’ was well articulated and presented. It is clear to all owners that New Orleans is a top-notch Super Bowl city with talented leadership representing the Saints and the community,” Goodell wrote. “Although you did not secure the 2019 game against unusually strong and unique competition, we would look forward to working closely with you and your community in bringing a Super Bowl back to New Orleans soon.
“There is a reason New Orleans has been the home of 10 Super Bowls, and we know that it is in a strong position to host more in the future.
“Thank you for your leadership and your many contributions to the success of the league. Our office and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee will continue to support your efforts.
“My best to you and Gayle, who did an excellent job articulating the case for NOLA.”
Benson has been engaged in a legal battle with his heirs since he laid out a plan to leave the Saints and Pelicans to his wife, Gayle, upon his passing. However, many of his interests and businesses continue to do well.
Since Benson’s heirs tried to have him interdicted, the Pelicans made the playoffs in 2015 and are now working to get back on track. A source indicated that there are plans to tweak some things for next season.
His TV station, Fox 8, surpassed WWL in the ratings for the first time in 38 years.
Benson also put two horses in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby.
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