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06-26 10:15 am It's Just Sports (Kathy Finn - author)

Jun 26, 2016|

WWL's Kristian Garic talks with author Kathy Finn about her upcoming biography of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson.

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Welcome in now Kathy Finn. At Cassie then on Twitter journalist and author of the biography Tom Benson's attorney as an NFL owner and Cassie can mourn thinks the time I. Great great thank you look up this release your your book is scheduled to release this fall. That's all I don't have an actual date yet but it's it'll be a couple of months at least the way up. Chipping and I'm a football he's heavily. Perfectly timed now what will I know you did a lot of research on the saint developments or Tom Benson and a what what what were you what did you learn what's going to be in the book that maybe. But fans did not nova. Well don't have. It would take too much about but it yet but I think a lot about the man I think there's a great deal that. People don't know the public face the pomp and of course that Gannett owner of the saints and then. Later on orders Republican. But. Most people don't realize that you believe that come from nothing yet the self made. So many millionaire. I. Kind of draw the line where it comes the billionaire because I think you know he became a billionaire after leaving the fate and that adds that a lot to do. With the money you can make in the NFL heck. And what can the best that they can view it in NFL team owner but he can't let the self made man intensive building up an incredible. Sprawling automobile dealership business in Texas and Louisiana. And he also owns a couple of banks so you. He's been. The man knows how to make money for sure. And he's been extraordinarily successful that it. And I think that's what the people on it and the people don't fully realized about this just you know how Smart he is in the business and and what it that it doesn't mind he had. I think. More recently of course at that I had difficulty trying to in the book because the final chapter kept changing and you know they've been so much litigation. So much going on that I was trying to wind it down. And the latest thing we have of course with the June 17 they announced. Potential settlement between him and history airs. I think we have is it his daughter into the three credentials. And he was at in federal court over. Over the chairs in the paint and the pelicans among other that that he owns. And finally that case was settled just before it went to trial is scheduled to go to trial following Monday it settled. Not surprisingly I know that they were working very hard to settle the case and keep him out of out of court. They're out of the courtroom much it's safe and keep a lot of testimony that was going to be very sensitive to the NFL and from the defense. Cassie thin author and journalist and author of via biography Tom Benson's journey as an NFL owner and Cassie again and they can't give away a lot of details in the book but going back to his early days units eases self made guy. The lowest wind Diddy. I guess start this business endeavor that would prove to be a billion dollar empire. Well you don't actually think he is a native of new toilet seat was born and raised in new line has three Brothers three younger brother. And he got into the car business. Kind of because he was the bookkeeper. Is that special it was accounting not surprisingly Baghdad and he got tired at dealership and a Chevrolet dealership here annual violence. Down by the French Quarter on north rampart on rampart street and he was hired as a bookkeeper and later that. Dealership changed hands in the dining my perch the San Antonio. Came in the door on him and bought that dealership in branded that it might purchase Chevrolet. And he hired Tom Benson. Kept him on after he took over after Perry took over the dealership. And they became fast friends and ambient learn everything that Mike person could teach him. Purdue with a very aggressive car dealer and can cut out of them and do the same thing in her later that Tom Benson up in San Antonio with them dealership. And then bought the dealership ultimately from Persia and that the died at his goal his old business and he just. It really took off he he bought real estate San Antonio and the without the separate but it did here in new violence that twenty years later when he went out to. Cantor and and took his dealerships out there that became kind of a auto dealership grow. But he really did that fairly rapidly in the hundreds of millions of dollars at one point he had. More than two dozen dealerships in three days. And the court later on in the in the late 1998 scaled that back in. Today alone just. I do it in San Antonio into in the toilet area. Kathy fan here author of the biography Tom Benson's billionaire journey. As an NFL owner and a Kathy in all your research and putting this biography together with. Always may be the surprising thing that you learned that you didn't know about Thomas. I think. I did not realize. How many ups and downs he has had in his life I think one of the things that makes this story so dramatic interest thing it's not just. Backing made a great deal of money and how he did it but he had a very a lot of tragedy in life. Is that current wife Gayle is his third life is his first to live side. And it fairly young ages and he had say his first wife and yet adopted three children. And two of those children died. In their thirty. One by tied. And so there's a great deal of tragedy that in both lives losing two of his children. The lost all three of these younger brother. And he hit an incredibly resilient manner in which I think we've seen this litigation has gone full. In the past year and a half and of course everybody but surprise. In late 2014 early 2015. Where and is that family differences exploded in the public view that he really split. With his whole family. Were hit those ears anyway his daughter and two grandchildren. Who actually supposed to become the owners of the saints and the pelicans and and everything else pretty much. And so we all heard all of the stories about and I think one of the things Christian that you might want to touch on it the fact that. At the end of the latest case. On that was announced on June the seventeenth. We still don't know exactly Cologne paint and pelicans. Because. Mr. Benton errors had like he shares in both of those scenes. Although they were non controlling shares and then there's did not have a vote. In the operations of the team that was all retained by mr. camp. But after the announcement of the settlement. They did not disclose terms of the settlement in court that hasn't been signed yet we have a July 20 deadline. Pull when the court has asked that all they know. That I think I've got to achieve crock and so forth so. We may know a bit more than I am assuming we're not going to know picture and it's kind of an odd situations that we we know that mr. Benson is feeling control of those things. Because he had to controlling shares to begin with but we don't know. Whether his errors still have a lot of shares in the and the thing and that the pelicans because we just don't know how they'll settlement is coming down. Yet caddie we talked about it once a settlement was reached that that's a possibility as a that airs is three years could end up getting some sort of control of the team at some point maybe perhaps. As a as as an owner but also in a media management council being set in place in any agreement on the terms of that. Of that settlement and a wolf find out hopefully here pretty soon as you mentioned that July 20 deadline but. Cassie before we let you run anything to add about the book that's gonna be released in the in the fall. I think that you know do a lot of a lot of information there about the economic differences and you know how it came to pass and what prompted that the difficulty between mr. Benson and particularly I think it granddaughter reader that was really the first become a public face of the team. Once the event that fully retired or or passes away. And you know that quite shocked every line and I think. I think what my book will do is kind of show people a lot about the family background that make give them some better perspective on how this all came to pass. Kathy Finn. Can't act Kathy A fin on Twitter journalist and author of the biography Tom Benson's journey as an NFL owner. Kathy appreciate it thanks a bunch in as the book it's released laid on the fall due to back. But the topic again I enjoyed it Christian thank you.