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Worth a Thousand Words: Moonlight on the Water

Moonlight on the Waters, Frank Weston Benson This makes me think of those glorious days when Tom's parents would rent a beach house at Galveston and hold open house for the family for a month. I was continually renewed by the sound of the waves, the glint of light on the water, the life in and around the ocean.

Rita Benson LeBlanc says she’ll still own part of Saints after settlement

Even after a settlement reached earlier this month between Saints owner Tom Benson and a group of his former heirs, the granddaughter who was effectively cut out of the will maintains she’ll still have a role. Rita Benson LeBlanc, who was fired by her grandfather in December 2014, told Bruce Schoenfeld of Sports Business Daily that…

Shaun Suisham calls Hall of Fame Game injury “catastrophic”

When Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a knee injury in last year’s Hall of Fame Game, attention immediately turned to the turf at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Now that Suisham has been released by the Steelers, more questions should be raised about that turf. Suisham released a statement after the…

Saints owner settles lawsuit with his heirs

Saints owner Tom Benson has settled a lawsuit with his daughter and grandchildren over control of his business interests, which include the Saints, the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, car dealerships, real estate and a TV station. “Operations for all Tom Benson business properties including the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, WVUE-FOX 8, automotive…

Judge denies Tom Benson’s request to seal Saints finances during trial

Saints owner Tom Benson is trying to change his estate to block his daughter and grandchildren from inheriting the team upon his death and recently made a motion to keep the team’s finances sealed from public access during a trial related to that effort. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that motion was denied by U.S. District Judge…

Tom Benson’s lawyers try to keep team finances under wraps

As Saints owner Tom Benson continues to battle his daughter and two grandchildren over his estate, he’s attempting to keep information about the Saints’ financial situation from becoming public. Benson’s lawyers have asked a judge to seal records in the lawsuit, including NFL quarterly reports, attendance information, memos about the sales of the Browns, Bills…

‘They tried to kill me.’ Saints’ owner testifies against his estranged heirs.

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The question is as simple as it gets. Who do you believe? The stakes are massive. Who will control the future of the fortune behind the NFL and NBA franchises in New Orleans? The parties in question are pro sports magnate Tom Benson, his third wife Gayle Benson, to whom he wants to entrust his […]

Pelicans owner Benson details his side of family dispute

In a court deposition, Tom Benson said he ousted his daughter and grandchildren from executive positions in the Saints and Pelicans after a confrontation turned physical between his daughter, Renee, and his wife, Gayle.

Tom Benson testifies that his estranged heirs “tried to kill me”

If it wasn’t already clear that the family feud engulfing Saints owner Tom Benson had become personal, it now should be crystal clear. Via Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Benson explained under oath earlier this year his reasons for a decision to change his will to prevent the Saints or the NBA’s Pelicans from passing to his…

Tom Benson again points out “ingratitude” of family members

On Thursday, the members of Saints owner Tom Benson’s family who continue to hope to overturn his desire to exclude them from ownership of the Saints or the NBA’s Pelicans claimed that “the truth will come out” about Benson’s health condition, urging that anyone “with relevant information” about Benson’s alleged capacity “should continue to come forward.”…

Tom Whedon Dies: TV Writer-Producer On Sitcoms & Kids Shows Was 83

Tom Whedon, an Emmy-winning writer-producer on such popular TV shows as The Golden Girls, Benson and Alice and the father of filmmaker Joss Whedon, died Thursday. He was 83. His son Jed Whedon, a writer on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., announced...Show More Summary

Tom Benson: Few Saints have had class and dignity of Marques Colston

When the Saints released guard Jahri Evans last month, coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis offered statements filled with praise for a player who had a key role during the best run in franchise history. The Saints released another player like that when they dropped wide receiver Marques Colston with a “failed physical”…

Tom Benson fires back at “ungrateful” heirs

Saints owner Tom Benson scored another win in court on Wednesday against family members hoping to overturn Benson’s decision to change his will to bequeath ownership of the NFL team and the NBA’s Pelicans to his third wife, Gayle. Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a judge’s ruling…

Appeal court upholds ruling deeming Benson competent

A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a civil judge's ruling that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson was mentally competent when he ousted relatives from ownership positions with his NFL and NBA clubs and appointed his third wife as his primary successor.

Estranged Benson heirs try to unseal court records

Estranged relatives of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to let the public see at least some of the court record from a civil case alleging Benson is in poor mental health and was manipulated into changing his succession plan for his pro sports teams.

Settlement in Texas dispute over Tom Benson estate trust

A lawsuit in Texas involving New Orleans Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson and control of a nearly $1 billion family estate trust has been settled.

Tom Benson Mental Competency Ruling Appealed: Latest Details, Comments

A Louisiana appeals court will likely rule within a month whether Tom Benson is competent to run both the New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints, per Katherine Sayre of the Times-Picayune. Last June, Orleans Civil District Judge...Show More Summary

Tom Benson's Former Assistant Sues Wife Gayle Over Alleged Racial Discrimination

Rodney Henry, the former assistant to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, claimed Tuesday that Benson's wife, Gayle, subjected him to racial discrimination before he was dismissed from the organization in June 2015. According to a court...Show More Summary

Benson scoffs at suggestion he sell Pelicans, Saints

New Orleans Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson scoffed at a suggestion this weekend that he sell his NBA and NFL teams because of his age and a protracted legal struggle with estranged heirs.

Tom Benson’s statement in response to Times-Picayune article urging him to sell

[Editor’s note: Sunday’s New Orleans Times-Picayune included a front-page column from Jeff Duncan arguing that Tom Benson should sell the NFL’s Saints and NBA’s Pelicans. Benson, who told Duncan in connection with the story that there will be no sale, issued a separate statement on Sunday night in response to the column. The full text…

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