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JeffG20
04-13-2012, 11:35 AM
Fox 8 Sources: Tom Benson buys the New Orleans Hornets
Updated: Apr 13, 2012 10:04 AM CDT

Fox 8 Sources: Tom Benson buys the New Orleans Hornets. (AP Photo) Fox 8 Sources: Tom Benson buys the New Orleans Hornets. (AP Photo)

New Orleans - Fox 8 confirms through NBA sources New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has purchased the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.

An announcement could come at the conclusion of the NBA Board of Governors meeting today in New York at the St. Regis Hotel. Benson has been in New York since Thursday working to conclude the deal.

Last month the Hornets signed a new lease to keep the team in New Orleans through 2024.

The NBA passed on an offer from a group owned by businessman Raj Bhathal. Bhathal's ownership group included Larry Benson, Tom Benson's brother and former Hornets minority owner Gary Chouest.

The approval of the sale to Benson could come on a day the Hornets play host to the Utah Jazz. Tip-off tonight is for 7pm at the Hive.

blastmasta26
04-13-2012, 11:40 AM
Good to hear. Always was disconcerted by the fact that the league had to own a team for a while.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 11:43 AM
Good to hear. Always was disconcerted by the fact that the league had to own a team for a while.

yep..

great deal for hornets fans as they have always had the threat of the team moving ever since they moved there. finally an owner that is invested in the area and is commited to the team.

if this doesnt get people in the seats i dont know what will. what needs to happen next in my opinion is a rebrand because the Hornets brand itself is kind of a joke

haggis
04-13-2012, 11:48 AM
NBA bounties.

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 11:54 AM
So happy NBA in New Orleans for the foreseeable future!

Hopefully Benson understand the earning potential of a winning franchise in NOLA. He needs to hire the right people, but more than anything open up that wallet.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 11:54 AM
NBA bounties.

New Orleans Mafia!

haggis
04-13-2012, 11:56 AM
New Orleans Mafia!

:laugh2:

I can't wait to see Jonathan Vilma playing PF for the Hornets.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 11:57 AM
better then what we have now sadly

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 11:58 AM
yep..

great deal for hornets fans as they have always had the threat of the team moving ever since they moved there. finally an owner that is invested in the area and is commited to the team.

if this doesnt get people in the seats i dont know what will. what needs to happen next in my opinion is a rebrand because the Hornets brand itself is kind of a joke

Agree 100%. I love the name New Orleans Soul. It works with the Saints and the team color could be White and Gold.

All Saints day
All Souls day

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 11:58 AM
talk about a loophole.

suspended by the NFL and plays in the nba

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:00 PM
Agree 100%. I love the name New Orleans Soul. It works with the Saints and the team color could be White and Gold.

All Saints day
All Souls day

love the name. but i'm mixed feelings on the colors.

on one hand i believe they need their own identity. but on the other saints colors would look nice and would give a connection and make the people care about this team

shep33
04-13-2012, 12:01 PM
Good to hear. :clap:

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 12:02 PM
I know a lot of fans like Dell Demps, but I hope Benson replaces him. All the "BIG" decision I feel like he failed on. I know it wasn't always ideal, however the Lakers/Rockets deal was inexcusable IMO.

I'd be so pissed right now if we had to deal with Lamar Odom BS.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:04 PM
I know a lot of fans like Dell Demps, but I hope Benson replaces him. All the "BIG" decision I feel like he failed on. I know it wasn't always ideal, however the Lakers/Rockets deal was inexcusable IMO.

I'd be so pissed right now if we had to deal with Lamar Odom BS.

thats the general feeling is that he's going bring his guys.

but i'm 100 % on that. i actually really like 90% of what Demps and Monty have been doing. but that deal was sad

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:05 PM
i wish Benson still owned the rights to the Voodoo. would be a nice name

nolafan33
04-13-2012, 12:05 PM
I also just talked to one of my sources. Benson has know for a week that he was getting the bid and has already started putting together a team to look at rebranding. He likes Monty and dell. Also what I thought was interesting is he wants to make a big splash in FA right away to show the rest of the league this is a new organization that will not be afraid to make major moves like in the past.

Fwiw, from another board.

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 12:05 PM
love the name. but i'm mixed feelings on the colors.

on one hand i believe they need their own identity. but on the other saints colors would look nice and would give a connection and make the people care about this team

White and gold may be a stretch never does a team choose the color white. Maybe Purple and Gold! On one hand I do love that Black and Gold on the other I think the team color should give the franchise some independence.

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 12:08 PM
Fwiw, from another board.

The whole make a splash right away thing scares me. No need to force anything. Contract are guarentee in this league. No need to overpay and hitch the wagon to a guy who isn't worthy just to make a statement.

Also it's pretty common for new ownership to speak well of the current management. Almost as if they are willing to keep them, but most times they replace them with "their guys" when it's all said and done.

jrm2054
04-13-2012, 12:14 PM
i wanna own 2 sport teams

EYDI819
04-13-2012, 12:18 PM
White and gold may be a stretch never does a team choose the color white. Maybe Purple and Gold! On one hand I do love that Black and Gold on the other I think the team color should give the franchise some independence.

That will make them look mean. Uniforms alone should get them 10 wins already! :D

king4day
04-13-2012, 12:29 PM
Good for the team and the league for sure.
Sad because this means Gordon will get a max deal there.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:30 PM
Good for the team and the league for sure.
Sad because this means Gordon will get a max deal there.

as much as i love EJ i sure hope not

smith&wesson
04-13-2012, 12:33 PM
happy for hornets fans. hopefully this means no more vetoed trades.

The goods
04-13-2012, 12:34 PM
Talk about owning new orleans,he owns the saints and now the hornets big balla.
The new king of new orleans.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:38 PM
so can we have Jimmy Graham suit up lol

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 12:39 PM
Good for the team and the league for sure.
Sad because this means Gordon will get a max deal there.

There was a great chance Gordon gets a max deal reguardless. I'm just hoping it'll be after a sign and trade. We'll have the ability to lock him up an additonally year that alone would add more value to a sign and trade for us.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 12:41 PM
Agree 100%. I love the name New Orleans Soul. It works with the Saints and the team color could be White and Gold.

All Saints day
All Souls day

check this out

http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/39230-hornets-uniform-concept/

pretty nice concept

da ThRONe
04-13-2012, 12:49 PM
check this out

http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/39230-hornets-uniform-concept/

pretty nice concept

Wow just wow. Thats amazing for something just thrown together.

Just replace the Hornets bee with a fleur de lis with a halo over the top and we have a winner!!!!!

nolafan33
04-13-2012, 12:54 PM
Talk about owning new orleans,he owns the saints and now the hornets big balla.
The new king of new orleans.

He also owns Fox 8 and the expanding Sports District.

KB-Pau-DH2012
04-13-2012, 12:55 PM
So I guess no more of the.....

VETO.....for basketball reasons.

Chapin78
04-13-2012, 01:02 PM
check this out

http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/39230-hornets-uniform-concept/

pretty nice concept

I love the colors! I am not to hype about the design on the side but I can see where they can go with it.

I love the fact that Benson owns the franchise now. He is a local guy invested in the community and he isn't as tight on the wallet as he use to be. I am really excited for the franchise. I could see him doing really well in the future for us. I know its going to take some time but with this draft coming up we can fill much needed holes that we have.

Stinkyoutsider
04-13-2012, 02:20 PM
NO is in a good spot right now! Benson is a good owner for the Saints and he'll have plenty to work with for the Hornets. They've got Gordon and a high draft pick in a loaded draft coming up. Would be great if they could get Davis!

waveycrockett
04-13-2012, 02:42 PM
All those fans who were dreaming of Eric Gordon. Say good bye to that pipe dream.

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 02:47 PM
All those fans who were dreaming of Eric Gordon. Say good bye to that pipe dream.

i'm hoping if he does get the max, it isnt from us.

very nice player but he needs to live his life in a bubble

Kevj77
04-13-2012, 02:53 PM
There was a great chance Gordon gets a max deal reguardless. I'm just hoping it'll be after a sign and trade. We'll have the ability to lock him up an additonally year that alone would add more value to a sign and trade for us.I thought this was changed in the new CBA. It is much tougher on sign and trades. Players involved in sign and trades don't get max extensions and the extra year.

nate2usmc
04-13-2012, 02:54 PM
Good for NO. My 2nd favorite place to visit in the US!

Now those Black and Gold Unis would be tight for the Hornets. They can work with it but Purple and Gold would be ok too if they wanna be a little more independent. Gold is definitely a must.

Giraffes Rule
04-13-2012, 02:58 PM
Good. Their coach and front office are far too good to have to be handcuffed by the league.

mudvayne387
04-13-2012, 02:59 PM
What a joke. Benson is 132 years old, what happens when he dies in three months ?

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 03:05 PM
What a joke. Benson is 132 years old, what happens when he dies in three months ?

he's going to set up a board of directors or something to take over from what i hear.

or let his Daughter Rita run it like she does with the saints

D1JM
04-13-2012, 03:08 PM
talk about a loophole.

suspended by the NFL and plays in the nba

those would actually be cool colors if the hornets decided to change them.

waveycrockett
04-13-2012, 03:21 PM
i'm hoping if he does get the max, it isnt from us.

very nice player but he needs to live his life in a bubble
True but he still is very young and tho he had past injuries it's nothing like a brandon roy career threatening

SportsAndrew25
04-13-2012, 03:27 PM
Hopefully this finally get that team to get their heads out of their *****.

SluggeR
04-13-2012, 03:28 PM
I have a feeling the Hornets are going to win the NBA Lotto, just watch.

jayjay33
04-13-2012, 03:36 PM
Agree 100%. I love the name New Orleans Soul. It works with the Saints and the team color could be White and Gold.

All Saints day
All Souls day

I kinda like that :clap:

b_russ
04-13-2012, 03:38 PM
Is the first overall pick included in that deal?

jayjay33
04-13-2012, 03:39 PM
Gotta luv boogie Benson! :clap::clap::clap::clap:

Donuts365
04-13-2012, 03:48 PM
i still think their headed into the wrong direction

RaiderLakersA's
04-13-2012, 04:13 PM
Wondering if they'll change the team mascot and colors next season. Teal is not exactly the color of a hornet, or even a yellowjacket.

utl768
04-13-2012, 04:22 PM
sean payton should coach the team since he has all that free time next yr

JeffG20
04-13-2012, 05:03 PM
Wondering if they'll change the team mascot and colors next season. Teal is not exactly the color of a hornet, or even a yellowjacket.

sounds like they plan on changing the name from what benson says.

complete rebrand

nolafan33
04-13-2012, 07:33 PM
Is the first overall pick included in that deal?

I'd give away the Minny pick for the first pick.

Hawkeye15
04-13-2012, 09:02 PM
Thank god that monster conflict of interest is over with....

xk4
04-13-2012, 10:12 PM
sounds like they plan on changing the name from what benson says.

complete rebrand

New Orleans Hurricanes

:cool:



(too soon?)