E-mail exchange between Eyewitness News and Saints spokesman

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by WWLTV.com

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Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 6 at 11:21 PM

Below is the exchange between Eyewitness News reporter Bigad Shaban and Vice President of Communications for the Saints Greg Bensel.

From: Shaban, Bigad
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:21 PM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST
 

Hi Greg,

I'm working on a story for our newscast tonight about SAINTS season ticket holders being called by the box office and told they no longer have their seats because of construction inside the DOME. I'm hoping to do a quick interview with someone from the SAINTS to get more information on this.

Please call my cell as soon as you can

Deadline: 6:30pm today

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From: Shaban, Bigad
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2010 10:57 AM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Hi Greg,

There seems to be a discrepancy in what the media reporting on exactly which sections/rows are impacted by the Superdome Construction.

Yesterday Mike Stanfield confirmed what saints fans told us that it was sections 639, 640, and 641. He wasn't sure of exactly which rows, but said he could get us that information today.

Another station, however, is reporting that it's the top two rows in sections 635-645.

Can you please let me know exactly which sections and which rows will be impacted?

Thanks.

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From: Shaban, Bigad
To: Bensel, Greg
Sent: Tue Mar 30 17:38:03 2010
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Hi Greg,

I'm following up on my original media request from 11 days ago (see below).

Can you please let me know exactly which sections and which rows in the Superdome will be impacted by the 1200 or so seaston tickets being removed this season?

Thanks.

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From: "Bensel, Greg"
Date: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 7:42 pm
Subject: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST>br> To: "Shaban, Bigad"

Don't know I am in New York at NFL Films meetings...

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From: Shaban, Bigad [mailto:bshaban@wwltv.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2010 2:34 PM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: Re: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Can you please get back to me when you return? When I should I expect to hear back from you? Thanks.

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From: "Bensel, Greg"
Date: Fri, Apr 2, 2010 9:48 am
Subject: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST
To: "Shaban, Bigad"

Back in the office on monday

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From: Shaban, Bigad [mailto:bshaban@wwltv.com]
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 5:30 AM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: Re: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Hi Greg,

I hope u had a good weekend.

I look forward to hearing back from you today on the specific rows and sections that make up the 1,200 eliminated Superdome seats.

Thanks in advance.

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From: Bensel, Greg
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 9:17 AM
To: Shaban, Bigad
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Bigad, quick question…how long will this epic story run?? …are you guys doing a mini-series??…our ticket guy stanfield is in touch with everyone affected and his working closely with them…outside of breaking news and a you guys running a crawl during the daytime soaps, I think this story has been well covered…the sections are 635 to 645 last few rows…keep in mind that these upcoming improvements to the dome are and have been well documented for years, by your station in fact, and the game day experience and making sure our fans are our top priority, remains our top priority

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From: Shaban, Bigad [mailto:bshaban@wwltv.com]
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 9:35 AM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Greg,

We are just trying to get definitive answers for the countless Saints Fans who continue to call our station confused about the process because they're hearing different versions of the story. I was originally told by Mike Stanfield it was only sections 639, 640, 641--and that's what we reported. He also said he would give me the specific rows the very next day. That never happened, which is why I am e-mailing you and your entire communications team.

Can you please let us know exactly which rows are being affected in sections 635-645 so we may inform fans. I know our goals are one in the same---informing Saints fans of the process and providing them with the most accurate information.

From the very beginning, we've just had just two simple questions....what ROWS and what SECTIONS are impacted. I very much appreciate you getting back to me on the correct SECTIONS, now all I need is the exact ROWS.

I very much appreciate your help. Thanks in advance, Greg. I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Do you know when you'd be able to get us the specific row numbers?

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From: Bensel, Greg
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 9:41 AM
To: Shaban, Bigad
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

The rows vary in each section, but mostly are last few rows, anywhere from the last two to last 4-5 in some sections…and so you are aware…we (THE SAINTS) have reached out to all of those affected, if SAINTS TICKET HOLDERS have any questions about this very public story, about their accounts, they normally will call us and get the information, rather than the WWL-AM news department…if you receive any calls from a fan about their account please feel free to refer them to 731-1700, the saints ticket office…we can help them

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From: Shaban, Bigad [mailto:bshaban@wwltv.com]
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 9:45 AM
To: Bensel, Greg
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

Thanks again for your help, we certainly appreciate it.

Do you know what the reason is for the discrepancy between the sections you're telling me (635-645) and the ones Mike Stanfield orginally said (639-641)?

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From: Bensel, Greg
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2010 10:14 AM
To: Shaban, Bigad
Subject: RE: ***WWLTV MEDIA REQUEST

No discrepancy, 639-641 falls within 635 645

 

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