There might not be another NFL team that has more completely experienced the highs and lows of professional sports than the New Orleans Saints. They’ve run the gamut in their 47 years of existence being at various times a Super Bowl champion and the laughingstock of the league. Throw in a devastating hurricane, the ill fated hire of Mike Ditka as head coach and a bizarre ‘bountygate’ scandal and it’s evident that the New Orleans Saints have seen it all.
Given the colorful history of the New Orleans Saints‘ franchise, it’s hardly a surprise that the team’s very existence is due to a bit of backroom influence peddling. Although there was never any ‘official’ quid pro quo, then NFL commissioner Pete Rozell awarded New Orleans a franchise in 1966 shortly after a secret meeting with Senator Russell Long and Congressman Hale Boggs. Rozell needed political support to fast track approval of the NFL-AFL merger while Long and Bogs wanted an NFL franchise for New Orleans. Both parties got what they wanted, and the New Orleans Saints began play in 1967 roughly a year after the NFL/AFL merger agreement.
Unfortunately for local fans, the entrance of the Saints into the NFL would be one of the few highlights from the first two decades of professional football in New Orleans. Simply put, the team was awful during its first twenty years. The Saints went 3-11 in their first season which at the time was a record for an expansion team. Between 1967 and 1986, the Saints’ would have a total of zero winning seasons and only two seasons at the .500 mark. New Orleans was one of the most hapless teams in the league and finished over .500 for the first time in 1987. The only thing approximating a ‘highlight’ during the franchise’s first twenty years was an NFL record 63 yard field goal kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970–a record that would stand until 2013. The nadir of the first two decades of Saints’ football was 1980 when the team opened the season 0-14. Many fans chose to wear paper bag masks to the games decorated to reflect their support for the ‘Ain’ts’.
The Saints’ fortunes began to turn for the better in 1985 when the long-suffering team was sold to Tom Benson. Benson wanted to win and quickly hired Jim Mora as head coach and Jim Finks as GM. The team’s first winning season and playoff appearance came two years later when the Saints finished 12-3 in a strike shortened season. New Orleans would return to the playoffs in 1991 and twice more in Mora’s tenure as head coach but wouldn’t win in the postseason until 2000 under Jim Haslett. Haslett’s tenure as head coach ended after the 2005 season. The Saints finished 3-13 in Haslett’s final year and were forced to play their home games at LSU’s Tiger Stadium and the Alamodome in San Antonio due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Current Saints’ coach Sean Payton took over in 2006 and along with quarterback Drew Brees would guide the team to a new level of success including a Super Bowl victory against Indianapolis Colts.
Every NFL team has a similar broadcasting arrangement which is good for fans wanting to watch Saints football game live on television. The league broadcast deal isn’t so good, however, for those looking to watch a New Orleans live stream. The Saints are on TV often, especially in the region. Hard core fans might opt for the NFL Sunday Ticket package which offers every NFL broadcast and a streaming capability. The downside is the expense of the package (in excess of $300 a season for combined TV and digital access) and the poor design and performance of the streaming platform. The NFL’s official website is nearly worthless for streaming enthusiasts though you can watch Saints video highlights. The Saints’ radio flagship is WWL–one of the most powerful AM stations in the United States. They provide a Saints live radio stream for computer users, but the games are ‘blacked out’ on the WWL mobile app.
The best recourse is to forget about all of the NFL’s broadcasting limitations and watch New Orleans Saints online free. Live sports streams are available for virtually every league and team on the planet. The NFL is especially easy to find due to the league’s huge international popularity. A number of websites index Wiziwig, SportsLemon.TV and vipboxsports. Once you find a New Orleans live stream you can select the stream speed to work best with your Internet connection. You can choose to watch the action on your computer, your smartphone/tablet or even your television with a streaming set top box (Roku, Google Chromecast). It’s the best way to watch Saints football game live, and it’s absolutely free!