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TAMPA BAY EXPANSION GROUP KICKS OF NAME-THE-TEAM CONTEST
Published February 10, 1995
Vince Naimoli, the leader of the Tampa Bay MLB expansion effort, kicked off a "Name the Team" promotion. He did say that his group will not pay for a team name, as one group hoped after gaining trademark registration for Tampa Bay Thunder, Tampa Bay Thunder Bolts and Tampa Bay Tarpons with the state (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/10). Naimoli did confirm that the first name of the potential team would be "Tampa Bay." The Phoenix group will launch their name the team contest Sunday. Suns Owner Jerry Colangelo will offer some names and let fans make additional suggestions. It is at the March 7-9 owners meeting that Colangelo and Naimoli expect to be awarded the next two MLB franchises (Marc Topkin, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/10).