Bring Back the Gunslingers

ESPN.com: San Antonio is Saints Likely Home Next Season

[b]According to Mortensen, San Antonio is a likely home for 2006 and Los Angeles is the preferred destination beyond that. The NFL could still include New Orleans as a Super Bowl site when the city is reconstructed, and expansion might even be a possibility, but that's 10 to 15 years away.

If the Saints relocate to San Antonio or elsewhere, New Orleans has only a slim chance of ever seeing another NFL team, according to a major sports consultant.
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Hopefully San Antonio will get a team before they allow LA to have a 3rd team. They gotta work on that logo though. The original Gunslinger logo looked like a 3rd grade design.

It’s wrong to leave NO under these circumstances.
Maybe SA in '06 until the Super Dome is rebuilt, but if Tom Benson leaves for good in NO’s time of need, he’ll look like a jerk, & SA will look bad for taking them, & so would LA.
What do you mean LA’s 3rd team. They have 0.

[i]Originally posted by stonecoldken[/i]@Oct 24 2005, 07:01 PM [b] What do you mean LA's 3rd team. They have 0. [/b]
Well, they had the LA Chargers in 1960 and then the LA Rams from 40-95. LA does need a football team though.
[i]Originally posted by SF4Nynah+Oct 24 2005, 07:08 PM-->
[b]QUOTE[/b] (SF4Nynah @ Oct 24 2005, 07:08 PM)
<!--QuoteBegin-stonecoldken[/i]@Oct 24 2005, 07:01 PM [b] What do you mean LA's 3rd team. They have 0. [/b] Well, they had the LA Chargers in 1960 and then the LA Rams from 40-95. LA does need a football team though. [/b][/quote] You're not counting the LA Raiders
[i]Originally posted by austinniner[/i]@Oct 24 2005, 07:15 PM [b] You're not counting the LA Raiders [/b]
Oh yeah. It's been too long of a day.
[i]Originally posted by SF4Nynah+Oct 24 2005, 07:08 PM-->
[b]QUOTE[/b] (SF4Nynah @ Oct 24 2005, 07:08 PM)
<!--QuoteBegin-stonecoldken[/i]@Oct 24 2005, 07:01 PM [b] What do you mean LA's 3rd team. They have 0. [/b] Well, they had the LA Chargers in 1960 and then the LA Rams from 40-95. LA does need a football team though. [/b][/quote] Wasn't even aware the Chargers had been in LA. This would give LA their 4th team should the Saints wind up there. What needs to happen is the Rams need to go back to LA, the Cardinals back to St. Louis, and make Arizona choose a new nickname. :huh:
[b]It's wrong to leave NO under these circumstances. Maybe SA in '06 until the Super Dome is rebuilt, but if Tom Benson leaves for good in NO's time of need, he'll look like a jerk, & SA will look bad for taking them, & so would LA.[/b]

It may appear insensative, but there is not enough corporate money in New Orleans to maintain an NFL franchise right now. There wasn’t before Katrina, and there certainly will not be afterwards. What resident of New Orleans is going to want to build a $200,000,000.00+ stadium with all the other stuff there is to rebuild there? Some would say “raise the hotel tax”. Who the frick wants to go to New Orleans now or in the next year? The tourist money won’t be back for years to come, so that’s not an option. The owner certainly is not going to flip the bill, and I don’t see a corporation willing to pay for it with the economy depleted there. How can the city realistically allocate funds towards such a project while trying to simply function normally again? Who’s would buy the higher priced tickets should a new stadium get built? Half the population has moved or been relocated, and the Saints weren’t a huge draw before the hurricane. The NFL would have to throw in their own money to help operate the team for several years, and I don’t think they want to do that just for sympathy sake. There are other cities that would be much more viable and ready to take on an NFL franchise right now. If the Saints owner could somehow get a stadium built in time for the 2007 season, they might be able to stay. The only way he’s going to have a shot at this is to get the city to build it in a section that is above sea level. That means more money for more land, etc., raising the costs even more. I just don’t see how they’re going to get that done with all the other stuff going on down there and the basic, more important things that need to be done to revitalize the city.

I hear a lot of people comparing the whole Benson/Saints thing to the Shinn/Hornets thing we went through. It’s not the same thing at all.

Shinn was a dirtbag who just wanted what he wanted and their was going to be no two ways about it. Benson…even though the timing is difficult…is making a wise business choice. NO cannot affort to have 1 pro franchise…let alone 2.

I just love that Shinn is gonna take one in the hiney!!! Karma is a bitch!! <_<

I’m not sure how you can knock Benson for leaving New Orleans when people themselves may never return to the area, the arena is in terrible shape (and wasn’t good to begin with), and businesses may or may not come back. This is the worst disaster in history- things aren’t business as usual so this isn’t like Shinn at all.

New Orleans was already a small market, and it got even smaller.

I was counting current. LA currently has 0.

Shinn might follow Benson’s lead, & stay where he is now. They already call the team the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. At least Benson doesn’t call his team the New Orleans/San Antonio/Baton Rouge Saints.

Well, “not so fast” says Mr. Tagliabue. It appears the NFL wants the Saints in New Orleans after all. Maybe this explains why Mr. Benson was so angry yesterday. He was probably thinking about how much money it’s going to cost him before the city returns to “normal”.

ESPN.com: Tagliabue, State Working to Keep Saints in Louisiana

This was the eye opener to me:

[b]The big question is how New Orleans could support the Saints.

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin believes the city’s population, which was 460,000 before the hurricane, will quickly rise to 250,000 and be back above 450,000 in three years. But many returnees face major obstacles rebuilding homes and businesses.
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:o
Half the city is gone from an already under-supported franchise. Looks like another Expos situation to me.