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WIZARDS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN NEW IDENTITY FOR BULLETS TODAY

          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).

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