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Brees, Benson back the New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees was spotted chatting with Saints owner Tom Benson on the sideline during Thursday’s training camp practice, and when Brees was asked what they discussed, he said it was about saving the local newspaper.

Yeah, we were actually talking about the Times-Picayune. We want to make sure the Times-Picayune stays seven days a week here. Can we get that done? Huh?” Brees said.

Brees may have just been joking with the Times-Picayune reporter who asked the question, but Benson is serious that he wants to buy the paper. Benson wrote a letter to Steven Newhouse, the owner of the paper who has announced plans to cut its publication to three days a week, saying that Benson wants to buy the paper from him and keep its daily publishing schedule.

“I would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about my interest in purchasing the Times-Picayune, with others. If this is something that is an option, we can initiate this at your earliest convenience,” Benson wrote.

Newhouse, however, says the paper is not for sale. So after writing a lot of big checks this year, Benson won’t be writing another for the Times-Picayune.

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12 Responses to “Brees, Benson back the New Orleans Times-Picayune”
  1. wussbasket says: Jul 27, 2012 9:40 AM

    pay for a newspaper on a weekly basis to get news every morning, or get on your computer and refresh PFT every 10 seconds to get up to date free news.

    please, small newspapers are dead. Nobody wants to pay for something they can obtain online for free

  2. turtlehut says: Jul 27, 2012 9:43 AM

    You have to question the intelligence and education of the people living in what they call a major city but cannot support a daily newspaper!

    But these are the same folks who think “Bountygate” was trumped up by Roger Goodell to get back at the Saint for some imaginary transgression.

  3. kacapaco says: Jul 27, 2012 10:03 AM

    Publicity stunt. Drew, if u want to save the paper, go do it. Men do first n talk(if needed).

  4. schmitty2 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:03 AM

    wussbasket says:Jul 27, 2012 9:40 AM

    pay for a newspaper on a weekly basis to get news every morning, or get on your computer and refresh PFT every 10 seconds to get up to date free news.

    please, small newspapers are dead. Nobody wants to pay for something they can obtain online for free

    Newsflash there Genius. The newspaper talks about more than sports

  5. samapoc says: Jul 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    Leave it to pft readers to crap on a local newspaper.

    But the Times-Pic is a big deal in New Orleans and is a special part of the city’s heritage. If there is a way to maintain it, it should be done. I’m sure their ad revenue is way down, and Benson car dealers definitely pay for lots of ads.

  6. cdsaints says: Jul 27, 2012 10:10 AM

    turtlehut says:
    Jul 27, 2012 9:43 AM

    You have to question the intelligence and education of the people living in what they call a major city but cannot support a daily newspaper!

    ==================================

    One word: Internet. I question the intelligence of people who see value in newspaper as anything but an antiquated tradition.

  7. kvanhorn87 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:13 AM

    Newspapers are a novelty. And to old rich billionaires this would be like a hobby not to lose his novelty. Good for him. Of course, the current owner would rather run it into the ground then sell it and keep it going.

  8. realitypolice says: Jul 27, 2012 10:20 AM

    @turtlehut:

    Pretty silly comment. Newspapers are failing all over the country. It has nothing to do with the people in the cities. It’s because of a little thing I like to call “the internet”.

  9. agelardi says: Jul 27, 2012 10:53 AM

    Internet & TV news. It’s sad because, even at 36 yrs old, I still love reading the daily newspaper on my train to work but if the public is speaking with their wallets (or not, in this case) then maybe it’s time to shut the print version down.

  10. jeffv504 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:53 AM

    @turtlehut

    Spare us your drivel. New Orleans has one of the highest rates of readership of any metropolis in the country. The Times-Picayune is one of the oldest newspapers in the country and has become an instiution to everyone in this city.

    It was bought by some tight-assed New Yorker who is shutting down or severly limiting the availability of quite a few newspapers. Hence, the repeated calls for him to sell to someone who WILL publish seven days a week. You are pathetic for questioning the intelligence of a community that is rallying to save a seven day a week paper.

  11. busterdog1 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:12 AM

    I think that is a very smart move on Tom Benson’s part. That way we would get better coverage on both parts, tv and in the paper. Now we get the different stations competing for the live time with the saint’s but you know who is getting the story first Fox 8 then it would be the News Paper. Smart move you then can control the media and advertising and he saves the city again. Like him are not he has saved so many things around here and donated his time and money to so many different organazation’s. Great move on his part to even make the move at his age most people would just sit back. I hope he gets it.

  12. richkotite says: Jul 27, 2012 2:26 PM

    Not sure how serious Benson is about it, but that would be a fascinating example of vertical integration for the Saints.

    Oh, and not only did the Internet kill newspapers, but NO additionally lost half of their print market from Katrina relocateees. Sad, but from a demographic standpoint, it makes sense they’re facing this decision.

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