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The Charlotte Hornets unveiled a new basketball court design Thursday that features a fierce-looking hornet logo at center court. It's the final step in the team's brand identity transformation from the Bobcats to the Hornets. The hard maple court also includes a beehive cell pattern stained into the wood, a teal border and purple free throw lanes. The baselines have "Charlotte" and "Hornets" written in the team's font. There's a pair of Buzz City logos inside the 3-point line on both ends of the court. "When we look at our primary logo in the center, it depicts how we want to play as a team with the fierceness, the tenacity and a sense of protect this place," Hornets president and CEO Fred Whitfield said. ESPN.com
Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield, along with Novant Health Chief Consumer Officer Jesse Cureton, will host more than 500 guests at the Hilton Charlotte City Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013, for the sixth annual “My Hero Gala” black tie fundraiser to support the Novant Health Community Care Cruiser and the Cats Care Foundation. Presented by Deloitte, the “My Hero Gala” features the entire Bobcats team and coaching staff donning tuxedos and basketball shoes. This red-carpet event includes a cocktail reception, dinner and opportunities for guests to participate in activities such as a silent auction, wine raffle and sneaker contest. NBA.com
In an effort to lift itself from the dysfunction and ineffectiveness of the Billy Hunter-Derek Fisher regime, the NBA players association has spent the past month identifying four candidates to succeed Hunter as executive director. Led by 18-year veteran Jerry Stackhouse, the NBPA has narrowed its options to former NBA coach and league executive Stu Jackson, Pistons legend and former NBA coach Isiah Thomas, former Madison Square Garden executive Steve Mills and Charlotte Bobcats president Fred Whitfield, FOXSports.com has learned. Sports attorney David Cornwell is said to be a longshot candidate. “I’m totally denying we are down to those four prospects,” Stackhouse told me Sunday afternoon. “Those are just four well-known guys, guys who know our business, guys who have ideas we wanted to hear from. They are not the only guys we want the search firm to vet. I haven’t even had a chance to talk with Fred Whitfield yet. I was planning to do that on Monday.” FOXSports.com
Stackhouse said the timetable for the union to name an executive director is between Christmas and NBA All-Star Weekend. He said the union needed to first clean up its bylaws and structure. “Our long-term deadline is to have our guy in place around the same time as when Adam (Silver) replaces David Stern,” Stackhouse said. “We want our guy in place to begin the process of forging a relationship with Adam.” FOXSports.com
Bobcats Sports & Entertainment (BSE) President & Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield announced today that the NBA has selected BSE Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing Michael Wandell to become Vice President of Marketing Partnerships to build on NBA China's successful sponsorship business, effective January 2013. Wandell will relocate to the league's Beijing office and will report to NBA China Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Partnerships David Yang. “We are delighted that the league has recognized the talent and ability of one of our key executives,” said Whitfield. “While we are sad to see Michael go, we know that he has left our business in a far better place as a result of his hard work and dedication to our organization.” NBA.com
In the past, the Bobcats could count on selling out both home games against Cleveland and at least one Toronto home game, team president Fred Whitfield said at a Charlotte Chamber meeting. He said the team will now have to look at “more creative” pricing and sales strategies to move tickets to those games. They’ll no longer automatically be marquee match-ups, since Cleveland and Toronto have been drained of their stars. “You’ve got four games you have to look at how you sell now,” Whitfield said. Charlotte Observer
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