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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  21 responses

Charlotte Hornets May Not Bring Back the Original Team Colors


As expected, the Charlotte Bobcats announced that they will be known as the Hornets once again beginning in 2014-15. According to owner Michael Jordan, however, the name change doesn’t guarantee that the team’s popular original purple and teal colors will also be making a comeback. Per the AP: “Jordan said his organization is giving the fans what they want. ‘We spoke to our season ticket holders and fans, and overwhelmingly you guys wanted the Hornets name back,’ Jordan said. ‘And we went out and brought the name back.’ [...] Pete Guelli, Charlotte’s executive vice president and chief sales marketing officer, estimated the cost of changing the name to the Hornets at about $4 million. He added, however, that the decision wasn’t based on money and that ‘nothing was going to keep us from going down this road because this is what the fans wanted.’ Jordan knows that it will take more than just changing the name of the front of the jersey to turn his struggling franchise around — it will take talent. The Bobcats are 28-120 over the past two seasons, the worst record in the league. ‘Ultimately we still have to play the game at a high level, which is what the Hornets did for a long period of time,’ Jordan said. ‘Changing the name does not guarantee that we’re going to be a playoff-contending team. We still have a lot of work to do to build that. I’m not walking away from that. It is what it is.’ He said it’s too early in the process to know if the team will keep the Hornets’ teal and purple colors. The NBA’s Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn moved the team to New Orleans following a financial dispute with city officials over replacing the Charlotte Coliseum. Shinn wanted a new arena with additional luxury suites. The New Orleans Hornets, now owned by Tom Benson, recently changed their name to the Pelicans. Charlotte was awarded an expansion team in 2003 and then-owner Bob Johnson named the team the Bobcats. The venture was a financial disaster for Johnson, who lost millions before selling majority ownership to Jordan in 2010. Even with Jordan at the helm, the Bobcats have never come close to matching the popularity of the Hornets, a team which sold out 364 straight home games, a streak that stretched nearly nine full seasons.”

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  • Max

    Are they trying not to get fans?

  • Collective

    The “Back the Buzz” t-shirts they are selling are Teal/Purple. I’m pretty sure the original colors will be back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    MJ better not eff this up

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    purple and teal will be fine. or go the first couple of years before the alt purple jerseys and go teal and white..that would be dope!!!

  • L

    What’s the point having the name back if not to go back to the original colors and logo with maybe a more modern feel to it. I agree with Devin, MJ don’t ff this up. You already blew too many draft picks and coach/GM choices. L

  • WildtobeWreckage

    The shirts that they gave out last night were purple and a light blue. That being said, the backdrop in the press conference was purple and teal. Fans in the arena were having the same conversation about the original colors. I think that Jordan brand has made too much money and hype with the grape line for jordan not to appreciate the appeal of teal and purple.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    This is bad news for the whole entire Queen City.

  • robb

    apparently…

  • spit hot fiyah

    ‘Changing the name does not guarantee that we’re going to be a playoff-contending team.” thanks for clarifying that

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Please go back to those colors. If they did I’d buy a jersey and wear it…yes I know it’s 2013 I still rock jerseys.

  • http://twitter.com/Ben_Sawyer Benjamin Sawyer

    After today’s announcement about next year’s roster, bringing back the original team colors is almost guaranteed.

    http://mpabroad.blogspot.com/2013/05/jordan-announces-new-roster-for-2013.html

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    dont screw it up MJ, you gotta have the OG colors

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  • Adam Brewer

    You’re an idiot. Fans are always gonna wear jerseys, quit takin’ yourself so serious, dawg.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    You mad?

  • Bobby

    It has to be Teal & Purple. It just has to be.

  • Adam Brewer

    No you just watch too much MTV & read too many GQ monthlies. .

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Lol if only you really knew me. Great comeback btw.

  • stickyicky97

    I thought I wanted the teal and purple back as well, but now that I’ve seen how good the purple and Carolina Blue (actually, it’s a little brighter) look together, I’m thinking they should go with that or a combo of the purple, blue, and teal. Check out backbuzzcity.com and see how good it looks together. We will know come July 18.

  • stickyicky97

    You would be surprised at all of the idiots that lead with “they’re still going to suck” or “he needs to focus on the team” while not realizing you can do both independently without one affecting the other. Charlotte Hornets, baby!

  • Alexzandar Davilijanovic

    Well, since is 2013, and there is internet, and “people” have an opinion, be sure there will be a new uniform, new merchandise to sale, but there is something called retro nights, maybe, and they can wear that beautiful 90′s Hornets Unis we all like in home and road games, so stop worring about such bunch of BS, and worry about where the hell this world is going to.
    What’s with those ugly Reeboks ,they killing the Shaqs and Kemps, and then Van E, and AI, please , worry about that, … lack of creativity, thats what it is

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