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WIZARDS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN NEW IDENTITY FOR BULLETS TODAY
Published January 10, 1997
The Bullets could know as early as today if they have the legal clearance to become the Wizards next season, according to Adande & Heath of the WASHINGTON POST. The Bullets have been held up by a copyright lawsuit filed by the Harlem Wizards, a barnstorming basketball team. The Bullets and the NBA have "expressed confidence" that they would prevail in the non-jury trial, but the "legal uncertainty has hampered the lengthy process of changing names and logos." The Bullets and NBA Properties have been unable to finalize a logo, but a source "who has seen the new logo" tells the POST that it is a caricature of a wizard with a basketball and the color scheme is similar to the blue, white, black and copper colors that the Capitals adopted for the '95-96 season. The Bullets want to introduce the new logo and colors in April, which "they hope" will be the same time the team makes its first playoff appearance since '88. But they are in a "tight race" to get merchandise ready before next season. Adande & Heath note that neither the NBA nor the Bullets has formulated a "contingency plan" if the team loses the court decision, but one possibility would be for the team to remain the Bullets, "at least for another season" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/10).