New Orleans Saints, Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Steps Down From League Committees

Jan 24, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson during a press conference to announce the rebranding of the team to the New Orleans Pelicans effective in the 2013-2014 NBA season at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has been part of the NFL committees for over twenty years, but he is now ready to give up his roles and some of the influence he has on the league.

In a report from Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Benson is stepping down from roles with three of the league’s committees — the Finance Committee, Audit Committee and Compensation Committees. Benson was a big part of the league’s Finance Committee and ever served as chairman in three stints, but he’s ready to turn his focus elsewhere.

“After serving on many of these committees, specifically chairing the Finance Committee, I felt that now was the right time for a change,” Benson said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

“We have many new projects here in New Orleans, not only with Benson Tower and Champion’s Square but also the New Orleans Pelicans, plus our Saints and so I want to dedicate my focus to these. I cherished my time working on the many league committees that I served and valued my time with the other owners I have worked with.”

Benson is committed to focusing on the re-branding of the New Orleans Hornets as they transition to the Pelicans, as well as focus on his local business efforts.

The 85-year-old was a big part of the league’s landscape for the past two decades, so he will be missed. However, sometimes it’s best to put your full attention into running your businesses and the Saints and Pelicans will only benefit from the extra attention.

Topics: New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints, Tom Benson

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