Posts Tagged ‘Team Owner’

Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson indicated that Marc Bergevin will remain the team’s general manager after this season, according to Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette.

“We all know it’s a very difficult season for us in all areas,” Molson told RDS. “Marc and I are talking about it all the time. He knows that team performance at all levels is unacceptable and we have a plan to fix it.

“I’m talking about all areas: leadership, development recruitment, players on the team. We need to improve, we must become better. We have not been able to do that this year. We will succeed, I trust Marc to manage this transition, but he is aware that it needs to improve.”

The Habs sit near the NHL’s basement and Bergevin has been criticized for some the moves he’s made as the club’s GM, including the P.K. SubbanShea Weber blockbuster, the Mikhail SergachevJonathan Drouin swap, and Carey Price‘s massive contract extension.


Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 90 after being hospitalized at the Ochsner Medical Center with the flu since Feb. 16, the Saints announced.

Benson bought the Saints in 1985 and took over the New Orleans Hornets in 2012, renaming the team as the Pelicans. He remained the controlling owner of both clubs until his death.

He was born and raised in New Orleans and spent time in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War before working his way up the chain at Chevrolet, eventually establishing a multi-dealership organization throughout Louisiana and South Texas. On the back of his success with Chevrolet, Benson joined the banking business in 1972 and built the Benson Financial World, which allowed him to buy the Saints and, later on, the Pelicans.

Benson enjoyed 11 playoff berths and a Super Bowl championship with the Saints as well as helping to host five Super Bowls in the Big Easy. In his short time as owner of the Pelicans, the team made the playoffs once.

The New Orleans native has been credited by some for saving professional sports in his hometown as the Saints were on the verge of being sold to parties hoping to move the club to Jacksonville. The then-Hornets had also been rumored for relocation prior to Benson stepping up in 2012. Benson also played a strong role in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Benson’s wife, Gayle, was at her husband’s side at the time of his death and is the sole heir to both the Saints and Pelicans.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered a public statement regarding comments he made Monday about player protests during the national anthem.

Ross had told Christian Red of the Daily News that all Dolphins players “will be standing” for the anthem in 2018. Ross now says those words were “misconstrued.”

“I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued,” Ross said in a statement circulated to Miami media, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists.

“I know our players care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same players who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military. I care passionately that the message of social justice resonates far and wide and I will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.”


Mark Cuban is denying any wrongdoing after a report published details of a woman coming forward to police in 2011 stating the Dallas Mavericks owner sexually assaulted her in Portland, Ore.

“It didn’t happen,” wrote Cuban in an email to the Associated Press.

Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss obtained a police report via a public records request from May 2011 of a woman contacting the Portland Police Bureau to speak out against Cuban. She says Cuban – who admitted to consuming alcohol that night – put his hand down the back of her jeans and penetrated her vagina with his finger as they were posing for a photo together at an Old Town nightclub.

The woman waited more than a week to come forward, later telling a detective she didn’t want to be labeled as “that girl” in a sex scandal with Cuban.

No charges were laid against Cuban, as the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office determined there was insufficient evidence.

“Because all leads have been exhausted and there remains a lack of physical or circumstantial evidence, I recommend the case be suspended,” wrote Senior Deputy District Attorney Don Rees on July 27, 2011.

Cuban’s attorney, Stephen Houze, also released a statement: “This incident never happened and her accusations are false.”

The woman was recently contacted by Willamette Week. She says she’s moved on from the incident and is “a happy person” with “a wonderful life,” but still stands by her account from seven years ago.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes Ezekiel Elliott should be in the clear following his six-game suspension for domestic violence last season.

Elliott, who made a reputation for himself in 2017 with several questionable off-field decisions, fought the claim that he was guilty of domestic violence. Although he eventually accepted the suspension, he never fully took responsibility for his actions. Jones supported him throughout the legal process and continues to do so, claiming that Elliott has been through enough punishment.

“He’s paid the most level of punishment that I’ve seen for what he did,” Jones said Saturday at the NFL combine, according to Kate Hairopoulos of Dallas Morning News. “So he’s done that. That would make any of us cognizant of the fact that you have serious accountability for any situation that you get into.

“…And it’s costly, and it’s certainly cost him. It’s cost him. So he’s smart, he is smart. And so we should have every reason to believe that that will be a constant reminder when you’re making decisions. I think that’s the case.”

Jones is currently being asked by the league to pay some legal fees incurred by NFL owners during Elliott’s appeal process.


Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk shed some light on his future plans for the organization in a letter sent to its fans Thursday.

“This has been a disappointing season for our team,” Melnyk said in the letter, per Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun. “Our place in the standings speaks for itself. Trust me, no one is more aware of this – and more frustrated by it – than I am.”

The Senators sit 29th in the league and have endured a difficult season that began with the optimism of building off last season’s run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

“Enduring a tough year has given us a chance for clear-eyed evaluation,” Melnyk said. “This is an ongoing process, but I can tell you one thing: We are not looking to tweak our lineup, nor mortgage our future for stop-gap solutions.”

“As a team, we need to get younger, faster, and more skilled.”

Ottawa has undergone plenty of roster change over the course of the season, acquiring Matt Duchene for Kyle Turris and shipping off Derick Brassard at the trade deadline, while holding off on a potential Erik Karlsson deal that had the hockey world on the edge of its seat.

Melnyk made it clear he wants to shift the focus to his club’s future, including developing a downtown arena at LeBreton Flats and making the Senators competitive once again.

“On a personal level, let me repeat that I have every intention of rebuilding the Senators to become the finest team in the NHL and bringing a Stanley Cup to Ottawa.”

Melnyk’s entire message can be read here.


After making waves during the 2017 season with an ill-advised comment about player protests, it seems Houston Texans owner Bob McNair still holds a grudge against those who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem.

The Texans apparently will not be pursuing free agents who have taken part in pregame protests during the national anthem, Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle reports.

“I spoke with two NFL agents this week who said word is the Texans aren’t interested in any players who participated in pregame kneel-downs in protest of police brutality,” Solomon said.

McNair was under scrutiny last October after comparing NFL player protests to “inmates running the prison.” He later apologized, but this recent news will not aid his already-suffering public image.

The report could have ramifications beyond McNair’s perception. Free agents – whether or not they have protested – may not be interested in signing with Houston, which could mean the team may miss out on some good football players.