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  • Wed., Aug. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
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  • Fri., Aug. 07, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Mon., Aug. 10, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Tue., Aug. 11, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Wed., Aug. 12, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Thu., Aug. 13, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Thu., Aug. 13, 2015 6:30 PM CDT Live New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens The New Orleans Saints take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Stadium.
  • Fri., Aug. 14, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
  • Mon., Aug. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM CDT Live Black and Blue Report Check out the Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute show about the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans.
Dennis Lauscha
President

Dennis Lauscha, who was named president of the Saints in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations and government affairs and its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology and facilities departments. He has also served as president of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012. He is a representative for both clubs at NFL and NBA Owner’s Meetings.

With his 2012 promotion with both clubs capping a steady rise through the executive ranks of the Saints, Lauscha first joined the club as treasurer in 1998 and later earned the additional titles of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president. In addition to his duties with the Saints and Pelicans, the New Orleans native maintains multiple roles within other holdings of Tom and Gayle Benson, maintaining a role in the management of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE-TV, and Zelia, LLC.

Lauscha’s collaborative style, financial acumen and long-term view has played a key role as a member of a contingent that has negotiated agreements for both the Saints and Pelicans with the state of Louisiana that has resulted in long-term lease agreements, continuous improvements to their playing and practice facilities, revitalization of the areas around them and generated revenue for the state without any new taxes for citizens. 

Dennis Lauscha, who was named president of the Saints in 2012, oversees the club’s financial operations and government affairs and its marketing, ticket and suite sales, legal, stadium, community affairs, human resources, information technology and facilities departments. He has also served as president of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012. He is a representative for both clubs at NFL and NBA Owner’s Meetings.

With his 2012 promotion with both clubs capping a steady rise through the executive ranks of the Saints, Lauscha first joined the club as treasurer in 1998 and later earned the additional titles of vice president, senior vice president and executive vice president. In addition to his duties with the Saints and Pelicans, the New Orleans native maintains multiple roles within other holdings of Tom and Gayle Benson, maintaining a role in the management of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE-TV, and Zelia, LLC.

Lauscha’s collaborative style, financial acumen and long-term view has played a key role as a member of a contingent that has negotiated agreements for both the Saints and Pelicans with the state of Louisiana that has resulted in long-term lease agreements, continuous improvements to their playing and practice facilities, revitalization of the areas around them and generated revenue for the state without any new taxes for citizens.

In 2009, Lauscha helped negotiated the partnership with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal that continues the Saints’ commitment to the state through 2025. The deal included Mr. Benson purchasing and redeveloping the former New Orleans Centre, which has been transformed into Champions Square and the Benson Tower property adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with the stadium itself undergoing extensive renovations and improvements. Since playing a key role in Mr. Benson’s purchase of the Pelicans in 2012, Lauscha has helped broker agreements with the state to upgrade the team’s playing and practice facilities. Following successful negotiations, the Pelicans are committed to the state through 2024 and the Smoothie King center has undergone $50 million in renovations and improvements.

In 2015 Lauscha helped negotiate an agreement with the state that will result in $40 million in enhancements for fans of both clubs. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome will debut new state-of-the-art video boards in 2016, while a new center-hung HD video scoreboard will be installed in the Smoothie King Center for the 2015-16 season. Lauscha has also played a key role in finalizing 2011 and 2014 ground-breaking naming rights and sponsorship agreements for both teams’ playing facilities with Mercedes-Benz USA and Smoothie King. 

Lauscha was instrumental in the 2003 expansion of the Saints training facility. He later oversaw a renovation and expansion of the facilities and administrative offices for the Saints and Pelicans from 2012-13, while directing the construction of a basketball practice facility. The clubs are now housed on the same site, featuring some of the top facilities in professional sports.

Lauscha is committed to help attract major sporting events to New Orleans. He’s a key member of the team that actively pursues future Super Bowls for New Orleans – and was instrumental in landing Super Bowl XLVII, which was played on Feb. 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The city has been invited to bid again for the 2019 and 2020 games. Following Mr. Benson’s 2012 purchase of the Pelicans, the city was awarded an NBA All-Star Game, which was played on Feb. 16, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center.

In 2008, Lauscha was also a primary member of the negotiating team during the purchase of WVUE, and has since helped steward the station’s growth in the New Orleans market.

Active throughout the community, Lauscha currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Loyola University School of Business, as a member the NBA’s Team Advisory Council of Presidents, the Stuart Hall School Board of Trustees and on the New Orleans Museum of Art Board. Lauscha has completed terms as board president of the Preservation Resource Center, president of the regional chapter of the Boy Scouts of America and as a member of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Blight Transition New Orleans Task Force, the Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee and the NBA All-Star Game Host Committee.

His dealings with the teams, state officials and local organizations have provided an opportunity for community involvement. His professional and charitable work was recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness, when Lauscha was selected as one of the 40 Most Influential Members of the Community. The honor is bestowed on those who are laying the groundwork for a better city. In 2010, he was named the Alumnus of the Year by Loyola University of New Orleans’ College of Business and was named to the 2010 Class of Role Models by the Young Leadership Council. He was honored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame with its 2014 Distinguished American Award. In 2015, Lauscha was honored to give the commencement address to the graduates of the University of New Orleans.

After graduating from Jesuit High School, Lauscha graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in business. He has also received a master’s of business administration from Loyola University in New Orleans and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He has also completed the NFL Managers Program at Stanford University's Executive Education Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the Saints, Lauscha worked as the club's auditor for four years while working for a national accounting firm.