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Thomas Milton “Tom” Benson (born July 12, 1927) is whoever owns the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. As a successful businessman, he understood the economical consequences of this kind of move not just for the city of New Orleans, but also for the state of Louisiana as well, which was in the middle of a serious economic downturn due to plummeting crude oil costs. Possession of the team was formally transferred to him on May 31, 1985. Soon after getting the Saints, he developed a reputation as among the popular and vibrant owners in the league. His popularity afterwards dropped, however, after numerous efforts to get the state of Louisiana to build a brand new arena for the Saints to replace the aging Superdome, indicating that he might move the team elsewhere if said arena are not constructed. His popularity hit an all-time low in late 2005 after it seemed he was attempting to transfer the team to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. (See Move controversy below for additional information.) He afterwards said the Saints would go back to New Orleans for the 2006 season, which they did.