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BULLETS DOWN TO THE FAB FIVE FOR NEW FRANCHISE NAME
Published February 2, 1996
The Bullets announced the five potential new names for the NBA franchise: the Dragons, Express, Sea Dogs, Stallions and Wizards. Those names were selected from over 500,000 entries in the Boston Market-sponsored "Rename the Bullets" Contest. Voting will begin tonight through a 900-number to determine the new name of the team. Calls will cost $1.00 with proceeds going to the Bullets/WRC-TV Anti-Violence Campaign. Voting will run through February 20, with the new name announced two days later. The team will adopt the new name upon entering the new downtown MCI Center at the start of the '97-98 season (Bullets). The Bullets will send the new name to the league office, which will develop a new logo. The finalists "were not necessarily the most popular choices," according to team President Susan O'Malley. Some of the more popular ones, such as Monuments or Fury, "did not pass trademark laws" (Frank Hughes, WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/2). Bullets forward Juwan Howard, who served on the name selection committee: "How can you have a mascot with the name 'Bullets'? I mean, what do you have, a bullet from a gun?" The CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Linnet Myers calls the Sea Dogs name "somewhat mysterious" as Washington is "on a river, not a sea" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/2).