Former North Carolina Tar Heel and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan, called a press conference for this evening with a major announcement.
For weeks, and even months really, it has been speculated and tonight it was confirmed as a horribly kept secret that Michael Jordan is indeed bringing back the Hornets moniker to replace the Bobcats in Charlotte.
“We spoke to our season ticket holders and fans, and overwhelmingly you guys wanted Hornets name back,” Jordan said. “And we went out and brought the name back.”
Jordan informed the public of his decision to change the Charlotte Bobcats name back to the Charlotte Hornets this evening, but also informed others that it had to go before a vote of the National Basketball Association’s board of governors. He says that this is all apart of a decision to give the fans what the fans want.
Once approved there [NBA's board of governors], it could take as long as eighteen months for the official change to take place. However, the National Basketball Association still owns the rights to the Hornets name. That turns out to be a good things since it could actually speed up the process of the name change.
A history of the NBA in Charlotte, North Carolina goes back to 1988 with the Hornets were founded as an expansion team. In 2002 the Hornets were moved to New Orleans by then owner George Shinn. In 2003, Charlotte was once again given an expansion team and that was named the Bobcats. In 2010 the Hornets were sold to the NBA and this year the Hornets in New Orleans voted to change their name to the Pelicans. With the Hornets name back in play, Charlotte will once again carry the name of the Hornets.
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