Jordan Applies to Change NBA Team Name to Hornets From Bobcats

Michael Jordan applied to change his National Basketball Association team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets from the Bobcats.

The request from the chairman of Bobcats Sports & Entertainment now goes to the NBA board of governors for a July 18 vote in Las Vegas. If the board approves, the team will take the Hornets name in the 2014-15 season.

“This is what our fans want,” Jordan said in a statement. “Making this change would not only re-establish one of the most recognized brands in sports, but would also unify our fan base by bringing together our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have fond memories of our city’s NBA predecessor.”

The Charlotte Hornets name appears throughout the city’s sports history, having previously been used by a minor-league baseball team from 1901-73, a World Football League team in 1974 and 1975, and the city’s previous NBA team from 1988-2002.

The Hornets were an expansion team based in Charlotte until then-owner George Shinn moved the team to New Orleans. Two years later, Charlotte was awarded another expansion franchise that became known as the Bobcats.

The New Orleans franchise this year decided to drop the Hornets name in favor of being called the Pelicans.

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