Wednesday, October 26, 2005


No Saints Blackout for New Orleans/Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - Saints fans in New Orleans will be able to watch their team's home games in Baton Rouge even if they're not sellouts.

With the Saints based in San Antonio, their fans scattered and the Superdome severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the NFL said Wednesday networks may broadcast the games as a gesture of good will.

"Due to the extraordinary circumstances that have affected the Gulf Coast region, the New Orleans Saints' home games being played in Baton Rouge this season will be televised locally regardless of their sellout status," a league statement said.

NFL spokesman Seth Palansky said the league had to consider everything. "It is unprecedented to have an NFL team playing home games in three different cities in three different states," he said.

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