Saints & Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson Plans On Keeping Teams In New Orleans
Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson spoke for the first time since her husband’s death at the NFL Owners meeting on Monday in Orlando, Florida. There have been questions on whether or not there will be major changes to the teams. Benson says after visiting the office on a daily basis for the last eight years, she knows the organizations are running like a well oiled machine.
"I really don't want to change anything that my husband did. I feel like he had a phenomenal footprint that he left and I want to keep it just as it is."
Even though there are larger markets both teams could relocate too, Benson says she plans to remain committed to New Orleans.
"I don't think there's any other choice. To keep his legacy alive, where else would you go? I'm from New Orleans, my husband was from New Orleans. We're just one big family."
Some big decisions have to be made in professional sports, anything from deciding to cut a player or fire a coach. The fourth female NFL and third female NBA owner is ready for the challenge.
"I think I can make difficult decisions. In fact I know I can. So I'll be fine with that."