A New Twist in Public Involvement in Sports

Usually when I think of public involvement in the professional sports industry, I think of efforts to lure a team or efforts to build/renovate a stadium. But Don Boudreaux over at Cafe Hayek tips us to a new level of public involvement in the operations of the New Orleans Saints:

The New Orleans City Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Saints to hire Doug Williams as the team’s new coach.

The resolution urges both Saints owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis to give “strong consideration to naming Louisiana’s own Doug Williams as the Saints head coach or as a high level administrator within the Saints organization.”

According to the article, Williams has plenty of qualifications for the job – from the point of view of the New Orleans politicians:

The resolution said that Williams, who grew up in Zachary, La., had coached both high school and college levels, including at Grambling State, and had a stellar career in the NFL, which more than qualified him for the Saints job.

Mr. Williams was a fine quarterback in the NFL and he had success as the head coach at Grambling, leading the program to three consecutive conference championships. My question is this: if the Saints really thought that Mr. Williams was the best person for the job, why haven’t they contacted him? And if Mr. Williams was really interested in being a head coach, why hasn’t he applied for the multitude of head coaching jobs in the NFL?

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Author: Phil Miller

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