Eminent Domain

There is no excuse for the Saints to go anywhere,” [Roemer] said. “I love the Saints, but I love the Saints’ fans even more. They have stood by the Saints’ side for 30-something years…The Saints are our team. They’re not Tom Benson’s team.

Now, normally, I’m as laissez faire as anybody. But Buddy Roemer is right. The Saints are our team. The last contract the state of Louisiana signed with the Saints should have included a clause that gave the state the right of first refusal in the event of a sale or attempt to move the team. If the Saints are so important to the city and state that we’re willing to allow ourselves to be extorted by a self-centered used car salesman, then they’re important enough to fight over.

It seems to me that we have nothing to lose by writing Tom Benson a fat check for the market value of the team and telling him that we now own the Saints. Even if we lost the ensuing legal battle, it would be more entertaining anything the Saints have fielded in years.

3 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on November 29th, 2005 @ 6:21 pm

    So give more money to the thief?

    I don’t think so.


  2. Joe B. (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 7:50 am

    Actually, yes.

    But instead of payments that amount to little more than public subsidies for which we receive only short term economic benefits, we’d actually be trading value for value. The city and state would become the owners of the team, the team would then be tied to the area permanently, and the future revenue and value from the team would then accrue to the state rather than to an individual.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 6:22 pm

    Four year olds’ stomping their feet and throwing tantrums

    always threatening the state with leaving is a stupid reason

    to throw money at keeping something.

    When something old breaks you throw it away!

    G’bye Saints! I will not miss ‘ya!


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