Will New Orleans ‘Pelicans’ Nickname Run Anthony Davis out of Town?

December 4th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
New Orleans' auto sales whiz Tom Benson should stick to the business transactions that have netted the 85-year-old a cool $1.2 billion (according to The Forbes 400 report from September 2012).

Because crafting team names for professional sports franchises is clearly a road better left untraveled by the Benson family.

Benson plans to change New Orleans' basketball nickname from the Hornets to the Pelicans as soon as the 2013-14 season (according to what numerous sources have told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports).

Granted, the Hornets nickname was adopted by the city after the former Charlotte franchise moved to the Crescent City in 2002. So giving the franchise a New Orleans-style facelift isn't the worst idea.

But how can a makeover go so terribly wrong?

Look, I get it. The Pelicans are the state bird of Louisiana. But if every team followed that train of thought we'd be stuck buying Miami Northern Mockingbirds jerseys or Sacramento California Valley Quail shirts. (Kidding, of course. No one's buying any Sacramento gear—Maloofs included.)

Not to mention that New Orleans has such a unique and rich history that t ...

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