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NAME GAME: BULLETS ANNOUNCE NAME CHANGE FOR '97-98 SEASON
Published November 10, 1995
Bullets Owner Abe Pollin announced yesterday he will change the name of the team for the '97-98 season, to coincide with the move to the new MCI Center in downtown DC. The Boston Market "Rename the Bullets" contest will be a chance for the fans to participate in the process. Fans will be able to submit name suggestions at any of the over 50 DC and Baltimore area Boston Market locations. Prizes include a Grand Prize of a trip for two to the Bullets-Magic in Orlando and two season tickets for the '96-97 or '97-98 seasons. Media partners include WRC-TV, The Washington Post, HTS, WBDC-TV and WTEM-AM, WHUR-FM, V-103-FM, and Heaven 600 AM in Baltimore. The name change will go hand-in-hand with a new Bullets Anti-Violence Campaign running in conjunction with the NBA's Stay in School program (Bullets). THE FINAL WORD: After five finalits are selected, fans will then be invited to vote via a 1-900 number. Proceeds from calls will go to the anti-violence campaign, according to the WASHINGTON POST. Richard Justice notes that Pollin and his staff "retain the right" to pick the final new name, and a timetable for the final announcement of a new name will be made sometime next year (WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).