New Orleans Saints owner wants to buy Times-Picayune

“I would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about my interest in purchasing the Times-Picayune, with others,” Saints owner Tom Benson writes to Advance Publications chairman Steven Newhouse. “If this is something that is an option, we can initiate this at your earliest convenience.”

He ends his letter noting:

The city of New Orleans is a city of immense culture, economic growth and host to millions of people annually; it is a nationally and internationally recognized city. It is a city deserving of a seven day a week newspaper.

* Benson offers to buy Times-Picayune (
* Earlier: Saints owner says city needs Times-Picayune in print every day (