The NBA has officially approved the name change for the current Charlotte Bobcats to become the Charlotte Hornets at the Summer Meeting in Las Vegas. The Name Change will become active during the 2014-2015 season. It all started back in 2002 when the previous Charlotte Hornets took their talents to New Orleans. When 2004 came around, the Bobcats became an expansion team, and got started in Charlotte.
This name change was only possible because the New Orleans Hornets changed their own team name to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this year.
Here’s what Owner Michael Jordan had to say on the name change,
We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas. 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!
Hopefully he’s right; the Charlotte Hornets led the NBA in attendance for seven straight years before they became the Bobcats. So it’s fair to believe that this name change could be what the team needs in order to draw in a larger fan base. But just because they have their old name back, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll have success.