New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, one of the most influential owners in the NFL, has ceded some of his power.
After spending more than two decades on the league's Finance Committee, including three stints as its chairman, Benson, 85, stepped down from his role during last month's NFL owners' meeting in Phoenix. In doing so, Benson also exited his positions on the NFL's Audit and Compensation committees. The Finance Committee is widely viewed as one of the NFL's most influential and time-consuming positions.
Benson, who also owns the New Orleans Hornets, said he decided to leave the committees because he wants to concentrate on his other local business interests, including the Benson Tower, Champions Square and the continued re-branding of the Hornets, who will become the New Orleans Pelicans next season.
Saint fans painted Benson as The Devil when he was talking about moving the team. During last year's team bounty scandal though, he was viewed as their hero, standing up to the evil dictator, Roger Goodell.
Now he's wanting to shift some of his focus away fro the Saints toward alternate business ventures. Kinda wonder how that'll be received over in SaintLand.
Were I in his spot, my first order of business would probably be to figure out how in the hell my basketball team wound up being named "The Pelicans" (and naturally, to deny the decision had anything whatsoever to do with me).