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Loyola and the New Orleans Saints Present a Breakfast with Paul Tagliabue

Loyola press release - November 14, 2003

The Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business Administration of Loyola University New Orleans and the New Orleans Saints present A Breakfast with Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner of the National Football League. During the breakfast, Tagliabue will discuss “NFL Football: America’s Passion.” The breakfast will be held on Monday, December 8, 2003, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom from 8 – 9:15 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. The Ritz Carlton Hotel is located at 921 Canal Street.

Under the leadership of Paul Tagliabue, the NFL has grown from 28 to 32 teams, revised its divisional alignment and scheduling formula, operated under successive long-term labor agreements with the NFL Players Association, and secured the largest television contracts in entertainment history. During this time, the NFL also has expanded league and team commitments to community service, refocused the NFL’s efforts in developing public-private partnerships for new stadiums, and adopted a new divisional alignment and scheduling formula. In addition, the NFL has been the new media leader in sports, creating the first leaguewide Internet network for fans and unprecedented Internet “portal” distribution.

Tagliabue has presided over the adoption of a range of services to assist NFL players and their families, including the enforcement of stringent policies on steroids and other drugs. In addition, the Tagliabue era has seen the NFL expand its presence internationally and create the NFL Youth Football Fund to support the game at amateur levels.

Since Tagliabue took office in 1989, the NFL has taken steps to guarantee the appeal and safety of the game on the field and to ensure that all teams have financial and other resources to compete effectively for championships. Fan interest, as reflected in game attendance, television audiences, and other measures, is at record levels, and the NFL is widely recognized as holding a preeminent position in sports entertainment.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Tagliabue was named the 2000 Sports Industrialist of the Year by The Sports Business Daily, the 2001 Sports Executive of the Year by The Sports Business Journal, and the 2001 Most Powerful Person in Sports by The Sporting News.

A Breakfast with Paul Tagliabue is open to the public; tickets are $50 a person for open seating. A Gold Table Sponsorship is available for $800, which includes preferred seating, 8 places at a table for 10, and two university students. A Silver Table Sponsorship is available for $500 and includes 8 places at a table for 10 and two university students. Names of Gold and Silver Table Sponsors will be prominently displayed on their tabletops, and, if reserved by December 1, in the program. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

For tickets and more information, contact Loyola’s College of Business Administration at (504) 864-7944. Reservations can also be made online at http://cba.loyno.edu/tagliabue. For media credentials, please contact Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888.

Academic Excellence, Ideal Size, Rich Jesuit Tradition…It’s this unique combination that distinguishes Loyola University New Orleans from other institutions. The College of Business Administration (CBA) is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate level by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The CBA offers bachelors’ degrees with majors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing. It also offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. An exceptional student/faculty ratio of 17 to 1 allows for personal attention from 34 full-time faculty members. Visit the College of Business Administration on the World Wide Web at cba.loyno.edu.