Sports Illustrated’s Senior NFL Writer Peter King took a few moments at the New Orleans Saints’ training camp to ask team owner Tom Benson about his efforts to buy The Times-Picayune and what the loss of a daily newspaper means to New Orleans:
“Benson told me he’d been to New York to meet with the owners of the paper, Advance Publications Inc., and urged them to sell. ‘We think it’s worthwhile to try,’ Benson said. ‘Imagine New York without a daily paper. Or Atlanta, Houston. It’s really going to affect the city adversely. Imagine you come into town for a meeting, the hotels are packed, and you go to buy a paper on a Monday to find out what’s going on in town. No paper. You wake up Tuesday. No paper that day either. It’ll set us back at a time this city is really starting to grow. You get out on the highways now, and you can’t move half the time – people are coming back to this city.'”
King reported Benson’s thoughts this morning in a story headlined “Five training camps down, and each visit has been revealing.” You can read the entire report here.
NOLA Media Group, The Times-Picayune‘s new parent company, last week relented a bit from its plans to publish only thrice-weekly beginning Oct. 1 and announced that it also will publish and deliver special Saints tabloid print editions on the days after Sunday and Monday football games during the NFL season. Previously, the newspaper had said it would only publish editions on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays beginning Oct. 1, and that its website, NOLA.com, would become its primary means of distributing news on the remaining days of the week.