Here's the situation, the state of Louisiana has to come up with an amount of money to keep the Saints and Hornets in New Orleans. The state has a certain amount of money set aside for things such as this, but the balance of that is falling short by about $23 million dollars.
The state could keep the teams in the Crescent City by taking the money out of the general fund, but some don't want that to happen. I don't want to name no names here, but "they" don't feel like the Saints and Hornets are generating enough money for the state to warrant paying them that amount of money.
If any of these guys, or gals, let the Hornets slide they're gonna take some heat, but if they let the Saints go, then they'll probably not be in office after the next election.
By giving up the Saints and Hornets, then you are giving up any chances of hosting a Super Bowl, NBA All-Star game, and since Tom Benson also owns the VooDoo, New Orleans' arena football team, then maybe even the chance of hosting another Arena Bowl.
The last time that I checked New Orleans has hosted the most Super Bowls of any city in the world, and there isn't any reason why they shouldn't get any more.
If the Saints and Hornets go, then there could be rioting in the streets, well maybe that was just an exaggeration, but you get my point.
Besides all of the financial mumbo "gumbo", there's the rallying factor to consider. What would've happened if the Saints wouldn't have been here after Katrina?
If these teams, especially the Saints, leave and go to another city, then it could be political suicide, if they go and win a championship in another city then it will most certainly be political suicide.
Our gumbo just wouldn't be as good if the Saints and Hornets weren't in town. Lets keep our teams, people!
Joshua Joffrion writes Saints Scoop, a blog dedicated to the New Orleans Saints. It can be found at www.saintsscoop.com, which is where this article originally appeared.