Football fans cheer when these Saints go marching in. New Orleans Louisiana Saints owns and operates the New Orleans Saints professional football franchise, which joined the National Football League on All Saints' Day in 1966. As the team's unofficial nickname, The Aint's, suggests, New Orleans has suffered through numerous losing seasons and only a handful of playoff appearances, but the Saints franchise did finally win its first NFL championship following the 2009 season. However, the team continues to enjoy a popular following at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Tom Benson, a multi-millionaire who controls an auto dealership empire, bought the team in 1985 from original owner John Mecom.