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Hornets, state announce agreement to keep team in N.O. thru 2024

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Maybe not reluctantly now, but after all the A's efforts failed. At least they reportedly tried. Given that the San Jose plan is stumbling (not that I think the rights issue is anything more than a minor speed bump), do you think they'd remain if Oakland miraculously found a few hundred million in the sofa cushions and offered them a home?

I get the sense that Golden State would still turn them down, in hopes of getting an apartment on the fashionable side of the Bay Bridge. Did the Warriors even try to get a new arena in the East Bay? Or did they just unveil their new "SF" logo as a passive-aggressive break-up note?

With the Warriors it's the latter. The new ownership have made no secret of their desire to move over to SF. As for the A's, if Oakland offered them a new ballpark they'd not turn it down. But it won't happen. Oakland had to scrape together the meager funds to do an environmental study of their "Coliseum City" design at the current site of Oracle arena and the Oakland Coliseum. I don't see how they find enough money to build the 2-3 billion dollar complex (nor are they trying to as they've said the teams would have to shoulder the vast bulk of the costs for the 3 new venues).

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has bought his cross-street neighbor for $338M.

Meanwhile, the Maloofs have filed for relocation. That's probably not gonna happen.

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New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has bought his cross-street neighbor for $338M.

Not a bad deal all around:

  • The NBA makes a "profit"(I put that in quotes because when the NBA bought the team from Shinn, he didn't walk away with the whole purchase price in cash. Money he owed the league-- for relocation fees, loans, etc.-- was taken off the top.)
  • Benson provides an immediate "safety blanket" to the many fans who were hesitant to embrace the team over the last ten years, with a team that had already relocated here (as opposed to an expansion franchise), attendance "benchmarks" in the lease, two seasons in OKC, etc. We're hearing a lot of that in "on the street" interviews and in radio chatter. While I don't expect the team to go fully sold-out in terms of season tickets as the Saints have done post-Katrina, I expect an even better season ticket base than current (over 10,000 this past year) and higher attendance.
  • Benson benefits from the synergy and cost efficiency of having two franchises in the same city. They have physically linked playing facilities, and a whole "sports festival marketplace" (called Champions Square) next door. Wouldn't be surprised to see a new Hornets training facility going up on state-owned land between the exisiting Saints facility and the AAA Zephyrs stadium in the suburbs of Metairie.
  • The state (via the lease) ensures that both franchises are solid here in New Orleans through 2024, with an overall better deal for the taxpayers.

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This really came out of nowhere. When you consider how protracted these things have been with other teams, Benson didn't take long to buy the team at all. He really picked the team up quickly. You might even say he's the quicker picker-upper.

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This really came out of nowhere. When you consider how protracted these things have been with other teams, Benson didn't take long to buy the team at all. He really picked the team up quickly. You might even say he's the quicker picker-upper.

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But seriously that sounds like the best possible outcome for New Orleans and I hope it works out.

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Benson sure has gone from villain during the post-Katrina San Antonio days to hero. Congrats to NOLA.

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This really came out of nowhere. When you consider how protracted these things have been with other teams, Benson didn't take long to buy the team at all. He really picked the team up quickly. You might even say he's the quicker picker-upper.

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Well done, sir.

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The Good: The Hornets' great identity stays in the league.

The Bad: I can't get a $30 Hornets jersey. :P

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The Good: The Hornets' great identity maybe stays in the league.

Don't wanna get too far ahead of ourselves just yet.

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Slam magazines twitter just posted a story saying the hornets owner wants to change their name and logo

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NOOOOOOOO

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Slam magazines twitter just posted a story saying the hornets owner wants to change their name and logo

I could see that happen, a new owner with a fresh start, kind of forget the mess that happened. Maybe now the Hornets name goes back to Charlotte.

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Mess?

Well, with the whole thing that happened with George Shinn as an owner since moving them to New Orleans

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

If anyone has been here longer than a day and suggests this, they should be kicked in the nether region by a camel.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

If anyone has been here longer than a day and suggests this, they should be kicked in the nether region by a camel.

Or you can ignore it and move on. I know its tough, but try.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

If anyone has been here longer than a day and suggests this, they should be kicked in the nether region by a camel.

Or you can ignore it and move on. I know its tough, but try.

Maybe we would if the topic wasn't all littered with the same junk.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

If anyone has been here longer than a day and suggests this, they should be kicked in the nether region by a camel.

I'm not so sure you even read his post. He's not saying the Hornets should trade names with Utah or Charlotte. Just because a post involves the Hornets, Jazz, and Bobcats doesn't mean that it's the same old three-way move thing. Which, by the way, would be stupid.

Or you can ignore it and move on. I know its tough, but try.

You're asking the wrong guy. He doesn't let anything go. Anything. You can try to get him to, but you won't succeed. He has an answer back for the slightest, most harmless comment. Everything is personal.

Also, I don't think the Bobcats are having an identity crisis. They might suck as a team, but I don't see anything wrong with their actual identity. It seems pretty solidified, especially for only being around less than 10 years. What's their identity crisis?

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Also, I don't think the Bobcats are having an identity crisis. They might suck as a team, but I don't see anything wrong with their actual identity. It seems pretty solidified, especially for only being around less than 10 years. What's their identity crisis?

Because the owner named the team after himself which I can't see sitting too well with anyone outside of Bob Johnson. Fans don't pay to see owners and I'm not sure if its ever been really accepted.

If they were better it might be better accepted, but I don't think the Bobcats have been a very popular team since coming into the league and their name I think has been part of it. I wouldn't suggest they go back to being called the Hornets though, even if they had the option to.

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I don't get the apoplexy over Bobcats. Bobcats seem like they'd hang around the Carolinas. Better than that youth-soccer "Flight" everyone seems to like, which doesn't even make sense because the Outer Banks aren't close to Charlotte at all really. Owners have had personal input on their team names since forever. It's never bothered me. I'd be more upset about the fact that there were seriously like 3,000 people at the game against the Pistons the other night.

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I think the Hornets have a pretty good identity with the Fleur De Bee that separates them from their Charlotte days.

Its the Bobcats who have an identity crisis and the Jazz with a name that makes no sense.

I would be for a name change with the Jazz, but I think the Hornets name is fine as is by in large.

If anyone has been here longer than a day and suggests this, they should be kicked in the nether region by a camel.

I'm not so sure you even read his post. He's not saying the Hornets should trade names with Utah or Charlotte. Just because a post involves the Hornets, Jazz, and Bobcats doesn't mean that it's the same old three-way move thing. Which, by the way, would be stupid.

Or you can ignore it and move on. I know its tough, but try.

You're asking the wrong guy. He doesn't let anything go. Anything. You can try to get him to, but you won't succeed. He has an answer back for the slightest, most harmless comment. Everything is personal.

Also, I don't think the Bobcats are having an identity crisis. They might suck as a team, but I don't see anything wrong with their actual identity. It seems pretty solidified, especially for only being around less than 10 years. What's their identity crisis?

I did read his post. It appears as the "Hornets should have a name change with the Jazz", and I'm not the only one who read it as such. And don't put the fact that your posts usually draw contradiction from most every member here, on me. It's not me taking things personally. Maybe it's you.. Of course, you do live in the oppressive land that is Maryland, so... I guess you're really a victim, huh?

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The Jazz can keep the name. While its a dumb name for a team from Utah, their history in Utah is now far longer than their history here.

Hell, I bet Benson would call them the New Orleans Brees to insure that Drew signs a new deal.

Basically what they need to do is get the public to think of it as theor team, like how the Saints are. A rebrand will help. To many, the Hornets are still Charlotte's team. The logos really embraced here are the fleur de bee and NOLA horn. Both could easily be cornerstones for a new identity. Signing EG long term would help as well.

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