When the New Orleans Hornets decided to change their nickname to the Pelicans, the excitement instantly began to build that the Hornets nickname could make it’s way back to Charlotte. Now, it looks like we are one step closer. According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats have begun the process to change the nickname back to the Hornets.
Domain names have been acquired that are essential to the name change.
Acquiring and rearranging the necessary digital assets would be a major part of any change. Hornets.com and CharlotteHornets.com are owned by NBA Media Ventures, LLC and currently redirect to NBA.com/Pelicans.
However, a WhoIs.net search for the domain name NBAHornets.com shows that the URL was created and registered very recently — on May 15, 2013 to be exact — by NBA Media Ventures, LLC.
NBA Media Ventures, LLC, is the media branch of the NBA and owns NBA.com, Hornets.com and CharlotteHornets.com.
That noise you just heard was the Charlotte fan base celebrating.
If and when the name change comes through, it will be welcomed all around the league. Bobcats chairman and owner Michael Jordan has said the team has had inner discussions about changing the name back to the Hornets, but it would take some time.
In order for Charlotte to complete a name change, it would take approximately 18 months.
I just can’t wait to see these make a comeback: