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06-09-2003, 11:59 PM
Ouch. How sad is this??

Source: Johnson to call Charlotte NBA team ``Bobcats''

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer

June 9, 2003

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte's NBA expansion team will be called the ``Bobcats,'' a nod to the owner who spent $300 million for the franchise, The Associated Press has learned.

Bob Johnson selected Bobcats over ``Flight'' and ``Dragons,'' a source familiar with the process told the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity.

The dominant color in uniforms and logos will be orange and official team apparel will be in stores Wednesday afternoon, the source said.

An official announcement is planned for Wednesday, when city leaders plan to join Johnson and NBA commissioner David Stern in a downtown street festival to unveil the name and logos.

Chris Weiller, a spokesman for the new NBA team, would not comment on the team's nickname.

In picking Bobcats, Johnson gets to see his own name used and continues the feline theme established by Charlotte's other pro team, the NFL's Panthers.

Bobcats was one of three finalists for the team name, whittled down from a list of nearly 1,200 suggestions the team received from the community. Johnson's group used several focus groups and spent nearly $100,000 researching the names and their trademark status and designing possible logos.

Team officials cut the list about 10 names, then matched them with potential colors, graphic designs and mascots.

Chicago's NVU Productions was hired to help develop the logos.

Reaction was lukewarm -- at best -- when the finalists were announced last month. But the same thing happened in 1987 when owner George Shinn was naming his Charlotte NBA team.

Originally ``Spirit'' was selected, but Shinn changed it to Hornets, a name that traced its roots to the Revolutionary War.

That name -- and its lovable purple and teal mascot ``Hugo the Hornet'' -- eventually caught on and then moved on with the franchise to New Orleans.

06-10-2003, 12:09 AM

06-10-2003, 12:13 AM
Good one Evil.

Bobcats?? Orange being the dominate color??

Can it get any worse?

06-10-2003, 12:15 AM

Tony tha Mavs fan
06-10-2003, 01:39 AM
I wonder if their new jerseys will look like the Cincinatti Bengals , except without the sleeves.

Big Boy Laroux
06-10-2003, 07:55 AM
ok, to me, Bobcats is way too much of a high school/college nickname/mascot. but it was basically the lesser of three evils. but do you see the other choices? Flight (maybe for a wnba team)? Dragons? apparently, they actually PAID a company to come up with those lame-ass names. whatever happened to fan picks?

i would have like to have seen them called the "spiders"

They could have played their home games at "Charlotte's Web"

that's my LRB pun of the bay i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

06-10-2003, 08:57 AM
These companies that help other companies name themselves and sports teams, they make a killing! The company I work for just went through the last 12 months getting ready for our name change, which we paid multi-millions of dollars for them to suggest. Then we ended up not using it. No word if the naming company refunded our money.

How do you get that job? I will name stuff for half the cost the other companies charge. Anybody need me to name something?

Ummmmm Ok
06-10-2003, 09:11 AM
Bobcats join den of mascots
Official announcement, merchandise sale scheduled Wednesday
Staff Writer

There's a new breed of cat in town -- Bobcats.

Six well-connected sources, including one NBA source, told The Observer on Monday that Bobcats will be the new franchise's name.

Charlotte NBA team officials would not confirm the name in advance of their official unveiling party Wednesday. The official finalists are Bobcats, Flight and Dragons.

Team spokesman Chris Weiller said the team's first souvenirs will be available at the party uptown at Trade and Tryon streets Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

The team name will be announced around 12:15 p.m. at the rally, headlined by team owner Bob Johnson and NBA Commissioner David Stern.

"We will give away team memorabilia for anyone who comes down to the festival," Weiller said. "Whether you buy something or not."

The team's color scheme will include orange, black and silver, as well as a fourth color, one source said.

"It's a great name," city councilwoman Lynn Wheeler said during a break at Monday's council meeting. "It's a name that could create excitement long-term and reflect the man who is investing an incredible amount of money into our team and into our city."

Bright orange billboards started going up all over town last week with hints about professional basketball's return to Charlotte.

"The bricks, the paint, the spandex," reads one on West Boulevard.

"Big and Tall stores get ready," says another on Independence Boulevard.

The Bobcats have a hard act to follow, coming behind the Charlotte Hornets that moved to New Orleans in 2002. The Hornets set NBA attendance records here, and their purple-and-teal colors and Hugo the Hornet mascot were known worldwide.

"It's marketable. It's conservative. It reflects Charlotte," councilman Harold Cogdell said Monday.

The Bobcats name fits with the NFL Carolina Panthers cat theme.

Team executive Tom Ward said last month said the name would likely be either Flight or Bobcats.

"I was a flight fan," councilman James Mitchell said. "Putting my tourism hat on, the Charlotte Flight could have been the beginning of branding Charlotte."

Clues to the Bobcats name started spilling out late last week.

A package addressed to team owner Johnson and the Charlotte Bobcats arrived at team headquarters at the Charlotte Coliseum Friday.

Also Friday, Observer columnist Tom Sorensen reported that Bobcats would likely be the name.

And people in the know started cracking cat jokes.

"I don't want to be the one to let the cat out of the bag," one source said. Twice.

Michael Saya, a Cornelius real estate agent who registered the Web site name www.charlottebobcats.com in January, said the NBA called him about two weeks ago and offered him $1,000 for it. He wouldn't sell at that price.

"I would have thought if they were interested they would have done more about it," he said Monday.

Team officials have said throughout the process that Johnson liked the Bobcats name. Since he bought the team, Johnson, the Washington billionaire, has insisted on being called "Bob" instead of Robert.

It would not be the first time a major league sports franchise was named after its owner. The NFL Cleveland Browns were named after their late owner, Paul Brown.

At least four colleges use the Bobcats nickname, including Ohio University, Montana State University, Quinnipiac University and Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.

"This makes us official," councilman Malcolm Graham said. "We've got our identity and our colors. Now it's time to play ball. -- STAFF WRITERS LEIGH DYER, RICK BONNELL, TOM SORENSEN, EARNEST WINSTON, MIKE PERSINGER, SCOTT DODD AND DAVID PERLMUTT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.

06-10-2003, 09:32 AM
The team's color scheme will include orange, black and silver, as well as a fourth color, one source said.


I wonder if the old Nuggets rainbow jersey will lose their title of 'ugliest jerseys ever.'

06-10-2003, 10:52 AM
Lord have mercy...

06-10-2003, 11:10 AM
Thats a lot of ego from the owner. Way too much ego at a place which did not sell tickets two seasons back because they did not like the owner.

06-10-2003, 12:04 PM
whats even more sad is that he spent 100,000 bucks on something everybody seems to think is hilarious.

06-10-2003, 12:05 PM
The team's color scheme will include orange, black and silver, as well as a fourth color, one source said.

That has to be the ugliest combination of colors I've heard of in a while. Black and orange I can buy to an extent. But, why the silver? And that 4th color better be white and not green or something.

Are they trying to make this bad?

Big Boy Laroux
06-10-2003, 12:53 PM
black and orange? every night will be halloween!