NEW YORK (AP) – Commissioner Paul Tagliabue met with New Orleans Saints officials Monday to discuss the future of the team, driven from its home before the season by Hurricane Katrina.

They will meet again next Monday in New Orleans with local officials and visit the Superdome and the team’s training facility in an attempt to determine when the facilities might be ready.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said no decisions were reached at Monday’s meeting, which included team owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis. Both were in New York for the Saints’ game Sunday night, a 21-19 win over the Jets.

Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, also attended.

Tagliabue had offered to meet with Saints players before Sunday night’s game. But the players decided, as they had when the commissioner offered to talk to them before the season opener, that they wanted to concentrate on preparations for the game.

Tagliabue also will attend the team’s game in Baton Rouge next Sunday against Tampa Bay. Benson, who had said he would not attend games there because of heckling by fans and an altercation with a television crew, also will be present.

AP-ES-11-28-05 1745EST


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