Saints do a lottery deal

Continuing the current trend of tapping new revenue streams during a down economy, the New Orleans Saints have announced a partnership with the Louisiana lottery for a scratch-and-lose ticket game.

“Imagine touring the Saints practice facility, having lunch with the Saints’ head coach, enjoying the season in plaza sideline seats or getting VIP access to pregame field activities or a clubroom in the Superdome,” Louisiana lottery president Rose Hudson said in a release issued by the Saints.  “These are just some of the ways the lottery will give Saints fans a reason to smile this football season when we launch a $5 game featuring the team.”

We wonder whether the deal included an agreement that the film company in which Saints players and coach Sean Payton invested nearly $2 million will finally be declared eligible for those income-tax credits.