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Benson vows to never sell the Pelicans

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has vowed to “never” sell the NBA franchise. Rumors have persisted since Benson’s husband, Tom passed away last year that the team that remained in New Orleans because of Benson’s ownership might relocate. Those rumors have recently picked up steam, with Seattle viewed as a likely destination.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Benson has ruled out selling the team.

“There is no way that I am going to sell that team, ever, Benson said at the NFL team owners meetings.

“I value the Pelicans as much as I do the Saints, and I don’t look at myself as an owner of the teams,” Benson said. “I feel like it is an asset that I am protecting for the city.”