"Local business writer/journalist Kathy Finn has written an unauthorized biography of New Orleans Saints/Pelicans owner Tom Benson ... What intrigues me most is this book was not written with Benson’s blessing." SportsNola.com, Brian Allee-Walsh. Read more.
My book, Tom Benson: A Billionaire's Journey, is now available in New Orleans area bookstores and online at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart and other major sites.
The book is the story of the New Orleans Saints owner's relentless pursuit of wealth and the triumphs and tragedies he experienced before seeing his family come utterly unglued as he approached 90 years of age.
I am a longtime New Orleans journalist, editor and business writer, and in researching this book I became so interested in the NFL and the business of sports that I wanted to write more. I publish occasional blogs about it all, beginning with a closer look at Tom Benson's long fight with his heirs over his $2 billion estate.
(Pelican Publishing, November 2016)
Articles & appearances
NPR radio interview with Susan Larson, on "The Reading Life," Dec. 20, 2016
Interview with Mike Hoss, WWL-TV/WUPL, on Dec. 21, 2016
Interview with Eric Asher, host of Inside New Orleans, on radio WGSO/990, Dec. 21, 2016
Interview with ESPN Radio's Matt Moscona, on "After Further Review," Dec. 21, 2016
Appearance on The John Fourcade Show, with Mike Detillier and John, Dec. 22, 2016
Kathy Finn discusses her book on WWL-TV, Dec. 10, 2016
Nola.com sports writer Jeff Duncan reviews Kathy's book on Tom Benson, Dec. 4, 2016.
NEW ORLEANS — The National Football League has weighed in on billionaire Tom Benson’s legal feud with his heirs over ownership of the New Orleans Saints by asking permission to argue in court for sealing sensitive financial records in a trial slated to begin Monday. Read more.Feb. 3, 2017
When editors at Forbes.com on Thursday publicized their annual valuation estimates of National Football League teams and pegged the New Orleans Saints at $1.75 billion, they didn't do Tom Benson any favors.Read more
A federal judge has given New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and three of his heirs, who have battled with him over ownership of assets that include his two sports teams, more time to work out details of a settlement that is likely worth more than $1 billion.Read more.
Terms of an agreement over who owns the New Orleans Saints could become final within a few weeks, and while the details may remain under wraps, indications are that the $835 million valuation Tom Benson placed on his heirs' interest in the team was not a high enough price to buy them out. Read more.
A veil of secrecy cloaks the recent settlement of disputes over the estate of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, but public records indicate that the billionaire and his heirs were far apart in how they valued his teams and that pricey assets such as Benson's San Antonio condominium changed hands even before the battle ended.