Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  115 responses

Will Michael Jordan Change the Bobcats’ Name?

Forget about the so-called “pressing issues”, as the Bobcats’ new owner, MJ’s first order of business might have to do with the (unpopular) name of his business: “If Michael Jordan listens to his customers, and potential customers, he’ll seriously consider a name change from ‘Bobcats’ once his purchase of Charlotte’s NBA franchise is complete. Too many of you have emailed me with that suggestion not to think it’s an issue to many Charlotteans. You didn’t like Bob Johnson naming the team after himself, and you sure don’t see this as a positive once Johnson is no longer majority owner. This wouldn’t be cheap. I spoke with an NBA executive who estimated it would cost the franchise anywhere from $3 million to $10 million to rebrand the team.”

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  • http://www.Twitter/notebooknick NotebookNick

    The “Tar Heels” that university is our farm system. :P

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    The Charlotte GOATs.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Don’t think he won’t do it.

  • Justin

    Well, if he continues to name the team after the owner it could be the Jordanires. Bet they’d like Tar Heels though. J/K…but Bobcats is rather weak.

  • http://Thankgodimfamous.com Sickamore

    Charolette Jordana

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I’ll be quite disappointed if they’re not named the Jorcats.

  • Carter

    I think the charlotte tar heels would be a good route!

  • goof

    Charlotte Thundercracker

  • NJ4Life

    Charlotte Jumpmen

  • Fat Lever

    Charlotte Juanita’s.

  • Jack Knife

    Team Jordan, drop the charlotte part too!

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    I’ve always kind of liked their uni’s, colors, and logo. I wasn’t even aware there was vast dislike of the name bobcats…

  • boy sanchez

    Charlotte 23rds! Just like the Philadelphia 76ers…

  • Yesse

    I like Team Jordan and Charlotte 23rd’s. Lol, anyways i use to hate the name of the Bobcats, but lately i have got use to it. I don’t think it has to change. That’s up to MJ.

  • jumpman3224

    NJ4Life Posted: Mar.1 at 10:05 am
    Charlotte Jumpmen


  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    The Charlotte Shoes

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  • Daniel

    the Charlotte Flight

    that’s what it was supposed to be

  • riggs

    Air Charlottes

  • Brickshooting J

    LOL @ Charlotte Juanita’s suggestion

  • John Starks

    “Team Jordan, drop the charlotte part too! ”


  • TyMo

    Charlotte Cigars

  • T-Money

    The impact of a team name on sales is a bit overrated. People will get used to any name as long as the team is succesful and the unis aren’t disgusting. You mean to tell me that Lakers, Nuggets or Spurs aren’t stupid names? There’s no need to change the name, just put a better product out there with household names.

  • T-Money

    The article makes a good point about Mario Lemieux being very visible for Pittsburgh. I think that’s mainly the added value of someone like MJ if he’s willing to play that game instead of playing golf in Scottsdale year-round.

  • price

    Charlotte Hornets.
    New Orleans Jazz.
    Utah Mormons.

  • price

    Charlotte Hornets. New Orleans Jazz. Utah Mormons.

  • http://www.twitter.com/L_Playah L_Playah

    How bout naming the team after his nickname Charlotte BlackCats? Seriously though, I think it would be a waste of time and money. Plus Bob Johnson just open a door for a black ownership team in the NBA.

  • J

    charlotte jordanaires

  • J

    charlotte bobcats.5 just like the air jordan mash-ups

  • D

    had to throw the race card it happens everytime way to go L_Playah keep racism alive its like me saying cant wait for a White ENtertainment Television or a White Sports Hall of fame or WAACP and i can go on so continue to keep the racism goin

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    haha if only price, if only.

  • Jonny C

    the charlotte air

  • The Philosopher

    With Michael as owner, just imagine how many guys might flock to play for him. He has more clout potential than any figure in basketball history. I hope he doesn’t let his ego mess this up.

  • dario

    The Price is right !!!

  • jose

    charolette super sonics!?lol

  • barnabusb

    The Charlotte Hornets sounds pretty sweet. Oh wait….

  • Hussman25

    @Fat Lever: Nice one! LMAO! But seriously, the NO Hornets should allow the Charlotte franchise to reclaim the Hornets name and let the NO choose a new name. I miss the Hornets in Charlotte! LJ, ZO, Mugsy and Dell Curry… Remember them days… SMH

  • Th3_R3al_Chris

    What was MJ’s team name with the Looney Toons?

  • Stillballin

    Charlotte Bulls…

  • Stillballin

    Charlotte Bulls…Chicago bobcats..

  • http://4point0show.com Wes

    Charlotte Rouge?

  • http://4point0show.com Wes

    Sorry, just been informed the name is actually “Charlotte Rousse,” shows what I know…

  • doyouwantmore

    The Charlotte Cardsharks 4ever.

  • franko

    i miss the old hornets too…and my vote goes to “Charlotte Im the best guy in basketball history” ??

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    Charlotte’s Web

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I will root for whatever the ‘powers that be’ give us. Personally, i find it retarded that we are changing the name. I find it a waste of money, but whatever.

  • 6marjons

    charlotte jumpmen
    charlotte bullcats
    charlotte any name apart from the original

    while this has been brought up can we start a petition to change the name of OKC?

  • Jack Knife

    Seattle Supersonics!

  • http://slamonline.com S.Man

    *Gasp* BETcats does this mean you have to change your name?

  • MBE18


  • justin

    charlotte flight

  • http://twitter.com/CRZ CRZ

    Charlotte Nature Boy WOOOO

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Flight would be dope. Didn’t the Wright Brothers make their first flight in Carolina, never mind the Jordan connection? That’s a perfect name.

  • http://slamonline.com RayintheBay


  • 6marjons

    all those in favour of rayinthebay suggestion say aye


  • http://stevelic@yahoo.com D.J.

    well what i want to know is if he does this will mr. BETCATS than change his name on here also ?!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob

    The Aircats. As simple as that. You can keep the logo, just add wings to it.

  • Zop

    charlotte flair! WOO!

  • Marco

    Charlotte Betcats

  • Vegas

    Charlotte Rebels?
    Charlotte Knights?
    Charlotte Hurricane?
    Charlotte Shockers?
    Charlotte Cougars, Cyotes (Both Native species of N.C.)
    Charlotte Cherokee?

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    Lets just promise to keep it plural. “The Charlotte Flight” makes me think of the WNBA. That, or being at the airport. Sorry E, not feelin it.

  • Jonny C

    charlotte air…………thanks rob, i think aircats sounds better, i cant believe we the only two to think of the air name
    personally, i think they should keep the bobcats name, i dont see anything wrong with it, and for the love of god, change the OKC thunder name, and the jerseys too

  • MikeC.

    For those who want to change the OKC Thunder’s name, check out Bill Simmons’ stuff at ESPN. He’s been calling them the ZombieSonics for awhile now since they were the Seattle Sonics, that team died, and rose from the dead in Oklahoma City. They look like the Sonics, but aren’t the Sonics since the Sonics are dead. Hence, ZombieSonics, or just OKC Zombies for short.

  • scompson

    The Jazz moved to Utah where they don’t allow music. The Hornets moved to Nawlins where they don’t have any bees nests. Jordan became the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and changed the name to the Charlotte Here’s Jordan.

  • Kapisi

    Charlotte Space Jamz!

  • Clas

    Bobcats isn´t the sexiest name in the world, is it?

    I find it lacking in both individuality and grace.

    Should the team be renamed, I would suggest ; Charlotte Hangtime, but they probably keep the current name.

  • frank

    Charlotte MonStars. Like the aliens from space jam.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    Charlotte BETcats obviously.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I’ve always wanted to own an NBA team (originally I was going to go with the “Sante Fe Starmen”) but this could be an opportunity.

  • don

    charlotte golfers, err. whatever jordan’s passion nowadays would be good.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Im not sure if i could be a “Flight” fan. But it sounds more D-Leauge than WNBA, cio. Anyway, i will most likely NOT change my screenname. Its a franchise in its own right.

  • http://slam t.o

    space jamz is the best name

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Charlotte Harlots!
    It’s Iron Maiden, dude. Iron Maiden.

  • Shem

    If charlotte changes their name, BETCATS has gotta change his name!! But they should change their name, Bobcats well… isnt that cool

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    The Steve Nashes

  • vic21

    Michael’s AirJordans

  • Vince5

    The North Charlottina

  • jumpman22cn

    Charlotte JustDoIt(JDI)-although ‘Charlotte It’sOnMe’ suits better.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL Charlotte Bullcats. Haha.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Charlotte White Sox…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Charlotte Tar Heels.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Charlotte Flyers? That’s for E and ciolkstar…

  • Simmy Sosa

    The Mooses…

  • Rob

    @Jonny C OKC truly needs a makeover. Terrible name, terrible logo terrible colors.

    @L_Playah cool idea. Blackcats makes sense!

    Charlotte Leroy Smiths??? No?? Ok…

  • J

    charlotte tune squads

  • http://slam KeLLeN

    or even better….tha Charlotte getta life, tha name ain’t gonna change.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    No suggestions for the Jordannaires? What they used to call the other four guys on the court with Mike before Scottie got good?

  • Str8jckn

    Charlotte Heirs
    jungle bunnys
    moon crickets
    …any other racial epithet

  • JoeMaMa

    The Charlotte Republicans Buy Shoes Too

  • Kenneth

    People , the only decent sounding name’s the Charlotte Barons …. The rest are all downright funny if not silly ….

  • bnets

    Charlotte Farts

  • Sam Z

    charlotte monstars

  • Justin

    D posted, actually it’s funny because if someone did come out with the White Entertainment Awards or White Hall of Fame, there’d be such an uproar in the black community it’s ridiculous. I’m not racist in the slightest but it’s a joke that we have these things. Same with Gay Pride Parades. Can you imagine the outrage if someone did a Straight Pride Parade?

  • bnets

    Charlotte Queens, Charlotte Twenty Threees, Charlotte Churches, charlotte tornadoes/hurricanes,

  • Lazarus

    charlotte wombats
    charlotte ant eaters
    charlotte shi!7 carters

  • Justin

    @Chris O’Leary…check the comment fourth from the top :-)

  • Nigel


  • roman

    Charlotte Airmen

  • Ree Roe

    Charlotte and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlotte O’hara
    Seattle Supersonics
    Charlotte Johansson

    Props to PTI for the names. Any of these names would be an improvement over the garbage they’re currently known as.


    the Charlotte Swaggers

  • X

    the Frenzy


    or Frenzy

  • andrew

    Charlotte Jordanaires

  • http://connorjn2@comcast.net nuff said

    Team Jordan:

  • Tim Dogg

    How about the Charlotte Perennial Also-Rans?

  • P Lenny

    Charlotte Wings
    LOGO: the original Jordan logo – wings with ball in the middle & Charlotte on the top.
    It gives a nod to Jordan and NC’s spot in history besided just looking pretty sweet!

  • r1pp3r

    charlotte space jams

  • kaizee23

    is he gona play for them… i herd a rumor he will play a coupl games

  • http://www.hipstr.com Craig

    The Charlotte Flight makes the most sense to me.

    1.) It honors the heritage of the Wright brothers’ first flight and Kitty Hawk, NC

    2.) There is an immediate connection to “Air” Jordan and Nike

  • dude

    Charlotte Blues

  • http://www.schwartzsideofthings.com zack

    Charlotte Air – Jersey’s would sell and brand it like no other team has ever been branded in sports.


  • http://maaron@mycesi.org Mal-ice

    Charlotte “Strike Eagles” honoring the brave men and women who serve at Polk AFB.

  • http://maaron@mycesi.org Mal-ice

    Charlotte “Strike Eagles” honoring the brave men and women who serve at Polk AFB.

  • spanky

    carolina flight or air, drop charlotte only thang that works with charlotte was hornets

  • jojohnson

    Charlotte Air, i honestly think its a perfect name for this team