We were talking about this last week. Now it seems all but official. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the New Orleans Hornets will change their team name to the Pelicans.
The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans.
Hornets247.com has been on this story for a while now. The Bensons went with the Pelicans because they wanted the team name to have something dear to New Orleans. Louisiana is known as the Pelican State. And the state bird is the brown pelican.
The Pelicans were also a minor baseball team in New Orleans. Since Benson owns the trademarks to the New Orleans Pelicans name, it’s an easy transition for them. According to this story by Hornets247.Com, they had considered several names for the team. They had considered Voodoo, Brass, Krewe, and Angels. The more I think about it, I like the first three suggested nicknames. I mean, the New Orleans Voodoo. That sounds pretty awesome. Brass is cool and the unique spelling of “Krewe” does it for me. The Angels is pretty generic and we already have the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a baseball team.
And as Hornets247.Com, the team colors will be something like red, gold, and navy blue. This is subject to change, of course, but, bottom line, the New Orleans Hornets will be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans next season.
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said that they would consider changing the team name back to the Charlotte Hornets if the name were available. Well, it’s going to be available by next season. So we’ll see what happens then.
So by next season, it’s goodbye to the New Orleans Hornets. And hello to the New Orleans Pelicans.