Tom Benson’s wife, Gayle, will take control of his two sports franchises upon his death, possibly setting up a battle over the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans between Gayle and his granddaughter Rita Benson LeBlanc.

Benson’s announcement was unexpected, as his granddaughter had been seen as likely to succeed him in running New Orleans’ two professional sports teams.

Gayle Benson confirmed she is taking over the teams in a statement released in her name and her husband’s.