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Yesterday in Las Vegas a vote on giving back the Hornets team name back to Charlotte was a unanimous yes. Everyone from the NBA Board of Governors approved that vote. So say good bye to the Bobcats name after next season.
Michael Jordan who is the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats is very excited to bring back the original team name to Charlotte.
Jordan said, “We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas. The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”
When the Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002 the Bobcats took up shop in Charlotte as an expansion team in 2004. Now that New Orleans has changed their name to the Pelicans (still wondering why they chose that name) the Hornets name was back on the market. It seems that MJ started looking for ways to bring the Hornets name back to its original state since 2010 when he purchased the Bobcats.
David Stern weighed in by saying, “It is so true that it was a subject of conversation for the last couple of years. Fans of the old Hornets would say, ‘Please give us back our Hornet name.’ I laughed at it initially. But it stayed there bubbling below the surface, and there’s something to it.”
To celebrate the namesake coming back home, the Bobcats….uh well let’s just say the organization have coined the phrase “Buzz City.” The team front office said that 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Muggsy Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, and Dell Curry were there to celebrate with the fans.
The Bobcats have been abysmal in the NBA in statistical categories especially the one that counts the most, wins and losses. With that brought a drop in ticket sales. The name change might generate more sales with MJ and the front office is hoping for.
“We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community,” Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. “They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve.”
I am a traditionalist when it comes to sports and to see the Hornets back in Charlotte is warmly welcomed for this NBA fan. It takes me back to the days of Alonzo, Muggsy, and Larry “Grandmama” Johnson.
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The Charlotte Bobcats were officially granted permission by the NBA to change their name to the Hornets on Thursday. Barring any unsuspected resistance from the rest of the league, the Hornets will be back in Charlotte starting in 2014.
The Bobcats came into existence in 2004, two years after the Hornets moved to New Orleans. With New...
Today, the Charlotte Bobcats are holding a special “Buzz City Celebration” to celebrate the upcoming name change in the 2014 NBA season back to the Charlotte Hornets.
The party started at 12pm with a Family Fun Fest and at about 12:45 pm EST, the below photo was taken:
I’m going to blame it on a Thursday….
Hornets name-change party is going strong [Deadspin]
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According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, NBA owners are expected to approve the Bobcats’ request for a name change, making them the Charlotte Hornets once again.
The NBA’s rubber stamp will hit the Charlotte Bobcats’ request for a name change to the Hornets at a Board of Governor’s meeting Thursday at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas.
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Michael Jordan took some time off from playing golf and gambling to say this about the name change.
“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t...
The NBA has approved the name of the Charlotte Bobcats to the Charlotte Hornets.
The Bobcats were named after the franchise's first owner Robert Johnson.
The New Orleans Pelicans abandoned the name, Hornets, this season.
The name change will take effect for the 14-15 season.
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Mullens deal is worth about 1 million per season. He can opt out of the contract after one season.
Mullens is expected to sign his contract with the Clippers on Monday or Tuesday.
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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Free-agent center Byron Mullens is nearing an agreement on a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
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