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ARE AFL FANS READY TO START LEARNING THE BENSON BOOGIE?
Published June 4, 1998
The Arena Football League Board of Governors approved the application for Saints Owner Tom Benson to place an AFL team in New Orleans for the '99 or 2000 season. The Saints are the first-ever NFL team to apply for and purchase an AFL team. NFL bylaws previously prohibited NFL owners from investing in other football leagues or teams, but an amendment to the NFL Constitution was passed last month which made the AFL an exception. The only remaining requirement for Benson is to secure a lease at New Orleans Arena, which is expected to open in July '99 (AFL). The AP reports that AFL execs feel that "as many as nine more NFL teams" may be venturing into the AFL (AP/DETROIT NEWS, 6/4).