Dear NOLA Sports Fans,

Its a privilege to communicate with you for the first time as the new owner of the Hornets as I embrace the challenge and advantages local sports fans will enjoy from my long-standing ownership of the Saints and member of the New Orleans community. I understand the passion of our fans and the partnership our sports teams have forged with the state of Louisiana.

I first want to reiterate with our recent ownership announcement and new lease agreement with the state, your Hornets are here to stay for generations to come. I am so excited and proud to be the steward of both professional franchises that are held so dear to the people of this wonderful region.

I cant say enough about the unwavering support and dedication of all our fans as we understand and dont take for granted your commitment and passion for our teams and how essential that is to our overall success.

Please understand that my resolve will be to continue to make you proud and build both professional franchises into a championship caliber organization. The renaissance going on in our city is something I am proud to be a part of and as an organization, we will continue to capture the spirit of the New New Orleans into our culture in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena during our games and throughout our extensive community endeavors.

We will continue to do with the Hornets what weve tried to accomplish over the years with the Saints: create exciting and memorable experiences for our beloved fans, perform like champions in all we do, inspire and engage this community in creating a limitless future and remain proud global ambassadors for our hometown of New Orleans.

Thanks again for being part of something special.

Go Saints and Go Hornets!

Tom Benson

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