New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said he hasn't made any plans to move the NFL team to San Antonio.
Benson's statement yesterday came two days after New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said talk of moving the Saints in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was a shameful act of disrespect to fans who supported the franchise for nearly four decades.
But Benson said he wanted to "make it clear that no decisions have been made regarding our future plans," and added that none would be made until the 2005 season is over.
"There are many factors that will affect the future location of our team," Benson said. "That is also true of many other New Orleans-based companies that are faced with deciding their future homes."
On Oct. 30, the Saints will play the first of four scheduled home games in Louisiana -- all at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge -- because of damage to the Louisiana Superdome.
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco will be there and said she intends to meet with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who also plans to attend. Superdome officials said the stadium should be mostly cleaned up and ready for the Saints to play at least some of their games there in 2006.
Meanwhile, San Antonio officials said they were working with Benson to keep the team in Texas. The Saints have played two games in San Antonio and have another there against Detroit on Dec. 24.
* POSSIBLE PUNISHMENT: Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Tice said he would consider reducing playing time as punishment for players found to have acted inappropriately -- or criminally -- at an infamous boat party.
Tice said he didn't expect any punishments to be announced before tomorrow's game against Green Bay. Hennepin County sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Haans Vitek said there was nothing new to report.