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SBD/June 6, 2013/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Are The Raptors Looking At Changing Their Nickname?
Published June 6, 2013
BACK WHERE IT BELONGS: The Bobcats are in the process of changing their nickname to Hornets for the '14-15 season, and George Shinn, who owned the Hornets during their first incarnation in Charlotte, said the move is "wonderful." Shinn: "It’s a smart move. I think that it’s a name that’s been around for quite a few years, and it’s always belonged to Charlotte. ... It could help the franchise. People take a lot of pride (in the Hornets name) and I’m very happy Charlotte’s able to get the name back" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 6/5).
WISHFUL THINKING? Denver Post columnist Woody Paige does not consider the recent e-mail sent by someone in the Hawks' ticket-sales department to prospective buyers referencing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard to be tampering because it did not come from a "member of the actual team." But ESPN's Bomani Jones argued it is by the "strict letter of the law." Columnist Kevin Blackistone said, "This shouldn't be for the NBA to consider, this should be for the CPA, the Consumer Protection Agency." Blackistone: "What this is is advertising fraud of the highest order. What are you talking about, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul showing up in Atlanta? Give me a break" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/5).