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Tom Benson reaches agreement to buy New Orleans Hornets

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Earlier Friday, we brought word that Saints owner Tom Benson was closing in on a deal to buy the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.

Things have moved pretty quickly and now David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the league and Benson have reached a tentative agreement on the sale of the team. Per Aldridge, the price of the team will be $338 million and Benson will have to pay 10 percent of the purchase price immediately. The sale also takes the team out of league control for the first time since they bought the franchise from former owner George Shinn for $318 million in 2010.

Benson’s purchase was made possible by a change in NFL rules many years ago that allowed NFL team owners to also own teams from other sports in the same market. That rule forced Rams owner Stan Kroenke to transfer ownership of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets to his son when he bought into the NFL.

The state of Louisiana and the Hornets reached agreement on a deal to extend the team’s lease through 2024 in exchange for state money to improve their arena. One of the contingencies of that deal is that the new owner must pledge to keep the team in New Orleans. That doesn’t figure to be a problem with Benson.

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48 Responses to “Tom Benson reaches agreement to buy New Orleans Hornets”
  1. dat504 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:20 PM

    Way to go Benson!

  2. kantnockdahustle89 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:21 PM

    Any chance he sells the name or picks a new one? Its stupid they are called the Hornets.

  3. jason1980 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:26 PM

    Yeah! Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis can work for the Hornets during their suspensions. Lock up Brees, and the Saints are Superbowl bound, AGAIN!! Eat it, haters!!

  4. nineroutsider says: Apr 13, 2012 12:27 PM

    Congrats! A logical question I have though is what would an injury bounty system in basketball look like? Curious to see how he employes it in the NBA, will be interesting…

  5. redstar504 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:30 PM

    Can’t wait to be there tonight in the arena who cares about the Jazz being here or that Gordon is actually going to play this is way bigger.

  6. kidpresentable says: Apr 13, 2012 12:31 PM

    Hooray! Now we can talk about the bounty scandal in two leagues.

  7. boswivel says: Apr 13, 2012 12:31 PM

    An NBA team? I have three of them, hardly ever use them. NBA teams are like electric pruners.

  8. buccncrazy says: Apr 13, 2012 12:32 PM

    Hopefully Emeka Okafor won’t proceed on any bounties…

  9. rayala3 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:33 PM

    Now Benson “I didn’t lnow” can have payton put a bounty system in place

  10. realitypolice says: Apr 13, 2012 12:35 PM

    This was the only logical conclusion to keep the Hornets in New Orleans and should have been done a while ago.

    Now change the franchise name to something that reflects the culture of New Orleans.

  11. 504stretch says: Apr 13, 2012 12:37 PM

    Now the hornets can b competitive again!! Hes prbly gonna change the brand name though! Wish we could get the JAZZ name back…thats real NAWLINS!!!

  12. tjacks7 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:38 PM

    Can we go back in time and veto the veto from that douche commish and send CP3 to the Lakers?

  13. realitypolice says: Apr 13, 2012 12:39 PM

    Congratulations to the 5 out of the first 9 posters who all had the simultaneous yet incredibly original thought to make the super hilarious “bounty” joke. Well done.

    I wonder the total number of people making the same awesome joke will be. 30? 40?

    Probably the same knuckle draggers who post how sick they are of hearing bounty-gate every time an article about it pops up here.

  14. dukemarc says: Apr 13, 2012 12:40 PM

    So where is he moving the team to?

  15. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 13, 2012 12:40 PM

    How about the New Orleans Zzaj. While the city waits for the name Jazz to return to its rightful place – where the name only makes sense.

  16. mybrunoblog says: Apr 13, 2012 12:43 PM

    Ok, now time for a name change and a change of team colors to match their Saints brothers. Kind of like Steelers,Pirates, Penguins….New Orleans bskbll team will look good in black n gold….Maybe throw a fleur de lis in there somewhere.

  17. glac1 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:43 PM

    I hope they keep an eye on the number of injuries in the NBA. I bet they skyrocket! Benson should be stripped of his Saints franchise.

  18. mikes92nygiants says: Apr 13, 2012 12:44 PM

    These guys are filthy rich man…. Take in perspective how much money he must have.. Unbelievable! 100000$ is like 1$ to him lol

    Good for him though!

    They say money cant buy happiness but I’d rather cry in a Ferrari.

  19. daysend564 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:45 PM

    Great! Bounties coming to the NBA!

  20. damnyoulinelliot says: Apr 13, 2012 12:46 PM

    If Sean Payton needs to find some work, he could probably play the part of the Hornets’ mascot Hugo.

  21. daysend564 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    During Vilma’s suspension, he’ll become a Hornet. He’ll be the guy brought off the bench to make five quick hard fouls. If the player is hurt, his incentives increase.

  22. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    how about getting back the team name “Jazz” from Utah. They can have Hornets or something that makes more Utah sense.

  23. skippynj says: Apr 13, 2012 12:50 PM

    All these bounty comments are just hilarious! So au current, timely and original! How about some Aaron Brooks humor or any of the Billy Joes? Did you know that Jim Everett dumped a table on top of Jim Rome? Keep up the gaiety you merry punsters!

  24. geatsromo says: Apr 13, 2012 12:50 PM

    Does anyone still watch pro basketball? Basketball season ended with the tournament.

  25. AlohaMrHand says: Apr 13, 2012 12:52 PM

    New Orleans and Utah can switch names.It fits because Utah is known as the beehive state

  26. rubberinnertube says: Apr 13, 2012 12:58 PM

    jason1980,
    you’re a ward of the state, correct? I can’t imagine someone like you can actually be out on their own…

  27. markpackman says: Apr 13, 2012 1:02 PM

    WOW! The bountygate fine must not have “stung” him too badly (pun intended)

  28. whatnojets says: Apr 13, 2012 1:14 PM

    How about The New Orleans Swoosh!

  29. cnyphinfan says: Apr 13, 2012 1:20 PM

    NBA team name proposed changes:

    New Orleans JAZZ
    Charlotte HORNETS
    Utah SWARM (they are known as the ‘beehive state’ – I couldn’t bring myself to suggest “Mormons”)

  30. jason1980 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:22 PM

    rubberinnertube, are you hitting on me dude? For some reason I don’t think you’re my type. SAINTS in the Super Bowl, AGAIN BABY!!!! Bounty can’t stop us now.

  31. jason1980 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:26 PM

    Markpackman, $500,000 fine, dude that’s pocket change for Tom Benson, the Saints are gonna be just fine this season. Playoff contenders and on to the big dance, whoot!

  32. mdd913 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:28 PM

    kantnockdahustle89 says: Apr 13, 2012 12:21 PM
    ? Its stupid they are called the Hornets.

    —————————————————————-

    Obviously you have never been to Louisiana during the summer.

  33. rollteal says: Apr 13, 2012 1:29 PM

    The Jazz name belongs in Utah now they only spent 5 years in New Orleans compared to the 30 or whatever they have been in Salt Lake.

  34. jgedgar70 says: Apr 13, 2012 1:30 PM

    Well, I see there are as many knuckleheads in New Orleans as we have here in Charlotte.

    People, you have to be consistent. If you want to rob one team of its nickname because that nickname is more symonomous with your city than the one the name is in now, you have to do it for all such situations. If you want Jazz back in New Orleans, you can ship the Hornets name back here to Charlotte (which would make all the Charlotte knuckleheads happy), but then you also have to give the Lakers name back to Minnesota. And when you consider that David Stern only gives a damn about the New York and LA teams, and the rest can go to hell as far as he’s concerned, you’re not going to get him to go along with renaming the “iconic” “stoired” or whatever slobbering adjective he would attach to the LA Lakers.

    New Orleans is stuck with Hornets, Minnesota is stuck with Timberwolves and Charlotte is stuck with Bobcats. That’s the way it is, it’s not going to change, and that’s the end of it. Everyone is just going to have to get over it and move on.

    Oh, and I must say congrats to New Orleans for managing to land the only man anywhere near as sleazy as George Shinn to replace him.

  35. hooterdawg says: Apr 13, 2012 1:32 PM

    “Benson’s purchase was made possible by a change in NFL rules many years ago that allowed NFL team owners to also own teams from other sports in the same market.

    That rule forced Rams owner Stan Kroenke to transfer ownership of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets to his son when he bought into the NFL.”

    Huh? If the NFL rules allow owners to own other sports teams in the same market, why then was Kroenke forced to transfer his NBA team to his son when he bought an NFL team?

  36. 49fromwi says: Apr 13, 2012 1:39 PM

    How about a new name of “the Battle of New Orleans”?

  37. nice2meetumarco says: Apr 13, 2012 1:46 PM

    Don’t get excited yet New Orleans, the sale is not finalized until Drew Brees signs off on it.

  38. jonny42671 says: Apr 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    @jason1980…….your need serious help

  39. rubberinnertube says: Apr 13, 2012 2:21 PM

    jason1980,
    thank you for providing evidence that you are obviously cognitively impaired.

    I’m sure I’m not your type anyway. I’m conscious.

    The Saints can have you.

  40. itspartofthegame says: Apr 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    Ahhh… keep the name and make it your own. Hornets have played there some 10 years already, and growing up there I always thought “Jazz” was a goofy name for a team.

    BUT in the interest of entertaining myself – here’s a few options:

    New Orleans Muffaletta – who doesn’t love a muffeletta?

    New Orleans Barcrawlers – gotta have some endurance if you’re doing it down there

    New Orleans West Bankers – because nobody on the roster is from New Orleans, they’re just visiting

    New Orleans Bum-Piss – you ever get a whiff of a French Quarter alley on a summer Sunday morning? That should scare anyone

  41. cincyorangenblack says: Apr 13, 2012 2:33 PM

    New Orleans Voodoo….b/c we all know the Jazz will never give up their name to New Orleans where it rightfully belongs

  42. mark0226 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:11 PM

    hooterdawg says:
    Huh? If the NFL rules allow owners to own other sports teams in the same market, why then was Kroenke forced to transfer his NBA team to his son when he bought an NFL team?

    ====

    Um, in case you haven’t noticed, the Denver Nuggets and St. Louis Rams are not in the same Market.

    ====

    cincyorangenblack says:
    New Orleans Voodoo….

    ====

    There already is a New Orleans Voodoo. The Arena Football League, which is also owned by Tom Benson.

  43. allmichiganteams says: Apr 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    I like this move a lot for the city of New Orleans. Benson is deicated to winning and I’m sure he will change New Orleans name and uniform colors.

  44. daysend564 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:51 PM

    New Orleans Hurricanes!

  45. jonny42671 says: Apr 13, 2012 3:55 PM

    @jason1980……do your parents seriously know you are making comments on this site?

  46. 504stretch says: Apr 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    Tom doesn’t own the voodoo anymore, but I like the Hurricanes.

  47. daysend564 says: Apr 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    They should actually play the other side of the card.

    New Orleans Saints
    New Orleans Sin

    For a one month period in February/March, only Las Vegas has more sin occurring on a daily basis.

  48. mark0226 says: Apr 13, 2012 5:38 PM

    You mean New Orleans Sinners

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