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Saints, Pelicans Owner Benson Urges Fans To Follow CDC Guidelines

Benson hops on a daily 8:30am call with executives who run her business to stay informed
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Benson hops on a daily 8:30am call with executives who run her business to stay informed
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Benson hops on a daily 8:30am call with executives who run her business to stay informed
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Saints and Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson admitted it has been "frustrating to not be able to go to the office," but she understood why such steps were necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to Christian Clark of NOLA.com. Benson said that at 8:30am daily, she "hops on a conference call with the executives who run her business." She said, "Just please follow the guidelines. I know it's difficult, but we must follow the guidelines. We owe a debt of gratitude to those on the front lines treating those who are impacted." Benson added, "We need to help flatten this curve and make a difference. Let's work together to beat this virus. Practice social distancing. I really miss everyone. I want everyone to stay safe. And I want to see all of them at the games again soon." More Benson: "Soon, this is going to be marked as another challenge we overcome, and we'll look back proudly at how we handled it with grace" (NOLA.com, 3/25).

GENEROSITY OR RESPONSIBILITY? In DC, Kevin Blackistone wrote for as much as sports owners like the Lerner Family, which owns the Nationals, and Ted Leonsis, who owns the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, and others like them across the country are "due applause for pledging to pay hourly and part-time workers who suddenly can't work because of postponed and canceled sports events," that is "their responsibility." It is "what owners ought to do." Blackistone: "We give too much to pro sports to ever wonder whether they might return anything less" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/26).