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U. of North Dakota nickname - Have they announced one yet?


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It's because of the rules of the NCAA, a private organization they choose to belong to. That private organization treats native names as an intellectual property issue.

The University could have kept their name, if only they could have reached a licensing deal with the recognized tribes who own it. There are two in this case, and the University could only come to an agreement with one. Having failed to secure a license to the name, they have to come up with a new one. It's really a simple matter, and doesn't require anyone to toss around the red herring "Political Correctness".

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It's because of the rules of the NCAA, a private organization they choose to belong to. That private organization treats native names as an intellectual property issue.

The University could have kept their name, if only they could have reached a licensing deal with the recognized tribes who own it. There are two in this case, and the University could only come to an agreement with one. Having failed to secure a license to the name, they have to come up with a new one. It's really a simple matter, and doesn't require anyone to toss around the red herring "Political Correctness".

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Down to 15 names.

Blaze, Cavalry, Explorers, Fighting Green, Fighting Hawks, Force, Green Hawks, Nodaks, North Dakota, North Stars, Pride, Roughriders, Spirit, Sundogs and Thunderhawks.

Out of all these, I would say either North Stars, Spirit or Thunderhawks are my personal picks.

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Down to 15 names.

Blaze, Cavalry, Explorers, Fighting Green, Fighting Hawks, Force, Green Hawks, Nodaks, North Dakota, North Stars, Pride, Roughriders, Spirit, Sundogs and Thunderhawks.

The only ones I even kinda like are:

  • Fighting Green (though I'd rather just "Green"...it's very "collegiate")
  • Fighting Hawks (though again, "fighting" just makes it sound awkward but people would just call 'em the Hawks)

I really don't like the rest. North Stars because they border the North Star State. Roughriders seems minor league to me (no offense to the CFL). So do Sundogs, Force, and Thunderhawks. I could maybe get on board with Cavalry.

Prediction: Roughriders

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Down to 15 names.

Blaze, Cavalry, Explorers, Fighting Green, Fighting Hawks, Force, Green Hawks, Nodaks, North Dakota, North Stars, Pride, Roughriders, Spirit, Sundogs and Thunderhawks.

I swear half those nicknames were used in the Arena League.

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I'm also not a fan of throwing "fighting" in front of a nickname as though it modifies it somehow.. I also dislike colors in front if the nickname unless it's part of the actual name (like red wolves) or if it represents an uncommon combination, thus needing clarification (Blue Devils, Crimson Tide). Of the finalists, cavalry, hawks (or thunderhawks), roughriders, and sundogs are the only acceptable options imo

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NoDaks is ridiculous.. That's like the USC SoCals.. It should never have even been considered by anyone.. They may as well be the North Dakota North Dakotas, which is basically what NoDaks is..

There are a series of sorta "old-timey" names that have tons of history but would never "fly" today. This is an example. Athletics, Browns, maybe Red/White Sox, maybe Packers.

NoDaks is kinda like that. If it had been around in 1910, we'd be used to it as one of those less-than-creative college names. But I would have a really hard time liking it as a new name (of course I supported "Green" from the list of finalists, so my consistency is suspect).

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