Posted May 18, 2013

Report: Charlotte Bobcats begin process of reverting name back to Hornets

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The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process of becoming the Hornets, again. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process of becoming the Hornets, again. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process to change their name back to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a CBS Sports report. According to the report, a source told CBS Sports the Bobcats hope to acquire digital assets to allow a return to their old nickname. Commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver told Bobcats season ticket holders in April that any change to the Hornets would take 18 months.

The Hornets relocated to New Orleans in 2002 but the team will now be known as the New Orleans Pelicans, opening the door for a possible return of the Hornets in Charlotte.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan recently acknowledged that the Bobcats were doing field research to asses how fans felt about a possible change back to the old nickname.


11 comments
meazy757
meazy757

This is a terribly written piece to be on SI.com:  "The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process to change their name back to the Charlotte Bobcats, according to a CBS Sports report."  Try to proofread next time...

profphilbert
profphilbert like.author.displayName 1 Like

It's not homage to the old team. In the Revolution, the British ran into such fierce resistance around Charlotte they called it a "Hornets' Nest." The image came to be associated with the city from that time. The city's official seal includes a hornet nest on it. So it's a "natural" name for Charlotte teams that doesn't fit elsewhere (like the Minneapolis Lakers and the New Orleans Jazz made sense). There have been other Charlotte teams with that name: a minor league baseball team that existed the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, and I remember watching the Charlotte Hornets (who began as the New York Stars) of the World Football League.

MattJohnson
MattJohnson

Quick disclaimer guys: the Bobcats were never the Hornets. Just because they're in the same city doesn't mean they're the same team. The Old Hornets are in New Orleans, and no name change is gonna change that. Officially the name change will just be to 'honor' the Old Hornets.

jminnerk
jminnerk

I'm guessing the field research is to "assess" fan reaction, not "asses" fan reaction.

theogradchris
theogradchris

I am glad about this, but realizing that this probably won't help very much. The city of Charlotte embraced the Hornets kind of like the infatuation that comes with your first girlfriend. They quickly learned that they were treated like dirt - by the owner's idiocy, the players lack of character, and by the city government. They got fleeced, and stopped coming to games - and haven't come back since.

 

I hope that the team/league/etc present this as the true re-founding of the Hornets. and that there is recognition of the error that was the Bobcats, who were just an attempt to go through the motions and pay lip service to the community that got screwed by the Hornets/NBA's first incarnation in town.

 

Please MJ, go out of your way to do this not stupidly. Act like you need to woo the fans all over again, because tax-supported stadium after tax-supported stadium with awful teams certainly hasn't indicated that you have a clue that your dealing with a jilted fan-base.

JoeyB
JoeyB

They cannot "revert back" to a name they never had.

 

JoshuaPowell1
JoshuaPowell1

 @JoeyB That name is and always has been a Charlotte/Carolina identity. Carolina has always been where that brand is a success because people here feel a sense of pride in it.

JoeyB
JoeyB

 @JoshuaPowell1 But they say that the bobcats are going to "revert back" to the Hornets.  That's false.  They could at least say "Bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte" or something.

RubyShitbox
RubyShitbox

"The Charlotte Bobcats are beginning the process to change their name back to the Charlotte Bobcats"

 

Good one...

JoeJon6969
JoeJon6969

 @RubyShitbox Should be a quick approval/change. We want to be the bobcats! ok done, thanks