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THE FIRST PHASE OF THE BULLETS NAME GAME ENDS TODAY
Published December 15, 1995
Today marks the final day of voting in the Boston Market- sponsored contest to rename the Bullets, after which a five- person "blue ribbon" panel will decide on the finalist. According to the WASHINGTON TIMES, Bullets President Susan O'Malley says the team has received over 300,000 responses, adding that the panel -- made up of Bullets forward Juwan Howard, local sports anchor George Michael, WTEM-AM GM Bob Snyder, a representative from Boston Market, and either O'Malley or Bullets Owner Abe Pollin -- will give weight to names received, but will not be limited by those entries. O'Malley said trademarking the name is an issue, adding the team would rather drop a potential name from contention rather than go through a trademark dispute. An announcement of a new name is expected February 22. Last month, O'Malley said the front-runners were Glory, Justice, Ravens and Wizards (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/15).