Despite the possibility of a shortened or canceled 2011 season, football optimism hasn't dimmed a bit in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints have sold out all of their tickets for the upcoming year, the sixth consecutive year the team has accomplished that feat. The streak dates back to 2006, when the 73,000-seat Louisiana Superdome re-opened following Hurricane Katrina.
"Our renewal rate was at 98 percent or higher, during a time when there was labor uncertainty front and center in the news," Greg Bensel, the franchise's vice president of communications, said in an email to the newspaper. "This is consistent with years prior. It speaks to the passion of our fans."
The way we see it
It is interesting that of all the cities to ignore the labor issues and sell out their tickets, it is the own where the star quarterback is one of the most vocal critics of league management. Drew Brees has been at the front of the players side during the entire negotiation period, and he seems to not only have the support of his peers, but also his fans, who are apparently very excited for the upcoming season.