Petition, Facebook page trying to create buzz around Hornets name change

Petition, Facebook page trying to create buzz around Hornets name change

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by JEREMY MARKOVICH / NewsChannel 36 staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A group that's trying to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte is holding an event Friday night to try and create some buzz.

 We Beelieve is asking people to come out Friday, March 30, put on any teal and purple Charlotte Hornets garb they can find, and sit in the cheap seats in section 222 and 223 at Time Warner Cable Arena for the Bobcats game against the Nuggets. There's an event beforehand at Fitzgerald's, starting at 5:30 p.m.

John Morgan, an art teacher from Charlotte, started the We Beelieve Facebook page. More recently, he created an online petition at change.org asking the Charlotte Bobcats to change their name back to the Hornets. More than 3,300 people have signed it so far.

"I'm really just sort of a proxy for a lot of people who feel just the same way as me," says Morgan. "The Hornets were so much a part of this community. For the people who moved in after the fact, it might sound, you know, melodramatic or cliched, but there really was a period of some magic going on in this town in the late 80's and throughout the 90's that hasn't been replicated."

The Charlotte Hornets were an NBA expansion team that started playing here in 1988, but moved to New Orleans in 2002 and kept the name. Any change would require New Orleans to give up their name, and would cost the Charlotte Bobcats millions of dollars to change uniforms, signs and even stationary. 

A Bobcats spokesman called a name change "extremely hypothetical."

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