PHOENIX — Tom Benson is taking an active role at the NFL owners meetings this week in Arizona.
The Saints owner attended a meeting pertaining to finances Monday morning with his wife, Gayle Benson, and team president Dennis Lauscha, according to a source, while general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton sat in on a meeting about football operations.
Benson, 87, is engaged in a legal battle over who will take control of the Saints and New Orleans Pelicans when he passes. He recently announced that his wife, Gayle Benson, and not his grandchildren, who were previously expected to take control of the franchises, will serve as his successor.
Despite the commotion surrounding the announcement, Loomis said he has not noticed a difference in how Benson conducts himself daily or in his demeanor.
“He’s the same as he’s always been to me,” Loomis said. “He’s had a difficult time with his knee in the last year. He still asks me the same tough questions and I give him the same information I’ve been doing the last 12 or 14 years here. He just doesn’t seem a lot different to me.”