No Saints in New Orleans?

I know that everyone is tired of hearing all the problems the hurricanes have caused, but this is something I find interesting. It has been in the news lately that Tom Benson has been looking to move the New Orleans' Saints to another city. This makes perfect business sense. The city has been destroyed and it will be years before people will be able to afford tickets and other merchandise. But there are many people out there who are saying that Benson is not doing the right thing. They argue that he is abandoning a city that needs their team now more than ever. What is a business person to do?


Nate said...

I agree with the post. I am a huge sports fan and hate to see teams move, but as far as business goes, if the team is not going to be profitable in New Orleans then the best move is to move the team. A good example of such success is the St. Louis Rams, their fan base is incredible in St. Louis and the city loves and supports them. This was not always the case in Los Angeles. The number one priority should be to make money.

Jasmine said...

I think having a team named the Saints in the same city that hosts Mardi Gras is pretty ironic anyway, Sorry Dr. Tufte. A professional team is a business, and the Saints would obviously be more profitable in another city. I personally don't think New Orleans’s population will be any where near what it was before the hurricanes, and so the demand for tickets will probably not be as high as it was before. It may not be the most moral thing to do, but it is the right business decision to move to a new city.

Bob said...

Unfortunately for the city of New Orleans I think their team should make their way to another city. This isn’t a new or unheard of thing in professional sports, and the owners need to look out for the interest of the team. I’m sorry for all of you Saints fans, but the team could use a little change, they haven’t had a lot of success over the past few years. Who knows, maybe a new location could have a positive impact on the team. I say send them to Salt Lake so I can be within reasonable driving distance to go watch a professional football game.:)

Dr. Tufte said...

I think this is another claim from a group that they should be able to tell someone else how to spend their money.

I'm not from New Orleans Jasmine, so there is no offense taken.

FWIW: the name Saints comes from the song "When the Saints Go Marching In", which was written by New Orleans native Louis Armstrong.