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NBA approves return of Hornets nickname in Charlotte

07.19.13 at 8:52 am ET
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The Hornets will play in Charlotte again. That is because the NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets Tuesday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

The original Hornets, who started playing in Charlotte in 1988, led the league in attendance eight times before the team moved to New Orleans in 2002. However, with New Orleans changing its nickname to Pelicans, that opened up the door for Charlotte to make the switch back.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” team owner Michael Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

Team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders appeared at a downtown party celebrating the return of the Hornets. The event featured appearances from former Hornets Muggsy Bogues, Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill.

The name change is welcome to the Bobcats organization, as it was looking for a way to rebrand itself. The Bobcats have only had one winning season in their nine years of existence, and have won a total of 28 games in their last two seasons.

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