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March 27, 2013 Updates
March 14, 2013 Updates

Gayle and Tom Benson have pledged $5 million to Loyola University for scholarships for undergraduate students needing financial help. The gift, which Loyola announced Thursday, will be distributed over five years. The money will be divided into two parts, with $1 million for immediate-use scholarships and $4 million for an endowment that will generate financial aid for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, said Chris Wiseman, Loyola's associate vice president for development. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 17, 2013 Updates

After he takes over, Silver promises to conduct the league’s business much the same way Stern has done over the last three decades that has helped the NBA emerge globally. "I’ve been here for 20 years, so I’ve been part of those plans,’’ Silver said. "Most of the senior management from the NBA is here sitting in the front row, so it will be the same team of people that continue to look at those opportunities. I think we’ll continue to do that the same way we have under David’s leadership.’’ Jay Cicero, the CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, said Silver likes New Orleans. It’s also likely Hornets owner Tom Benson will make a push to bring more All-Star Games to New Orleans. New Orleans Times-Picayune

January 24, 2013 Updates

The NBA's Board of Governors already has approved the name change. And the Pelicans’ team colors will be blue, red and gold “This isn’t something that was just done overnight,” Benson said. “This is a long process. We are not just changing the name to change the name. The Hornets name came from Charlotte. That fits in with Charlotte. It doesn’t fit into New Orleans, La., or our area here. The Hornets don’t mean anything here. We needed something that symbolizes New Orleans and Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. And nothing does that better than this name.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

“We really wanted to find that iconic name that really is special to New Orleans, that has a special New Orleans feel that our fans can resonate with and say hey ‘that is new Orleans that is our culture that is who we are. We wanted to find that iconic symbol just like the fleur de lis is for the Saints.” While the name of the team will remain the Hornets for the remainder of this season, the new logo and name will begin popping up almost immediately. Some New Orleans Pelicans merchandise was expected to be available at the team’s store in the New Orleans Arena Thursday. Officials said any marketing or advertisement for the 2013-2014 season will carry the new logo and name. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 7, 2012 Updates

We can assume this whole New Orleans Pelicans concept stems from the fact that new Hornets owner Tom Benson owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans and thus might have something to gain financially from the switch. The nicest thing you can say about the whole plan is that the Hornets, according to league sources, have continued to beg the Utah Jazz to relinquish the nickname they kept when the New Orleans Jazz relocated to Salt Lake City in 1979. ESPN.com

December 5, 2012 Updates

New Orleans Hornets spokesman Greg Bensel denied a Yahoo! Sports report that owner Tom Benson plans to change the nickname of his NBA franchise from the Hornets to Pelicans. "We’re not confirming that is the name,’’ Bensel said. "This is a process that’s ongoing and still in discussions. And it will be eventually decided by the NBA.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

"I won't say when it will happen, but of course I would support a change,'' Stern said. "That's a small additional thing.'' When Stern was asked if it could happen as early as next season, he jokingly said, "Knowing Tom he'd probably wrestle me to the ground tomorrow but I'm not going to give in that soon.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 4, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Hornets planned to change their nickname since Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, purchased the team on April 14. Benson also owns the rights to the nickname Pelicans. Yahoo! Sports

December 2, 2012 Updates

Attendance has declined 10 percent from a year ago, from 15,109 to 13,695. The figure is the third lowest in the NBA and the lowest in the club's nine seasons in New Orleans. This isn't how it's supposed to work in Year 2 of a rebuilding campaign, especially after you land the No. 1 player in the draft and secure popular local ownership. The Thunder went to the playoffs in Year 3 of the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook era. The Spurs won it all in Year 3 of Greg Popovich's tenure. The Hornets, meanwhile, are spinning their wheels and spinning rhetoric about the promising future. Eric Gordon has missed 72 of 81 games and has been banished to the West Coast to rehab his mysterious knee injury. The imbroglio has alienated fans and derailed momentum. The entire organization has been held hostage by the situation. It's the E! False Hollywood Story. No one can provide a straight answer. And with each passing day it makes the Chris Paul trade looks worse and worse. It might one day rank alongside the Gary Cuozzo and Ricky Williams deals in infamous New Orleans trade history. New Orleans Times-Picayune

November 10, 2012 Updates
November 1, 2012 Updates

Q Would you consider switching the nickname should New Orleans owner Tom Benson follow through on plans to give up the name “Hornets?’’ Michael Jordan: “It’s definitely an interest down the road. But right now it’s still the New Orleans Hornets. We’re really not at liberty to discuss something owned by someone else. We would definitely entertain the opportunity. That’s as much as we can say right now. We’ve heard the community ask the question, and we would listen.’’ Charlotte Observer

October 30, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that Pepsi and evamor have signed on as corporate partners. With the addition of the two beverage partners, the Hornets and the New Orleans Arena will have the opportunity to enhance the fan experience with new products, as well as lower price points for concessions. “Since purchasing the Hornets, we have engaged our fans in several discussions to understand the modifications we can make to improve and enhance their game experience. Based on feedback we’ve received, variety, selection and pricing in regards to concessions were at the top of their list,” said Hornets Owner Tom Benson. “We have listened to their feedback and, in cooperation with SMG and Centerplate, feel we have taken great steps towards meeting those needs with our new partnerships with Pepsi and evamor.” NBA.com

September 17, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced Monday they have surpassed an average of 12,000 tickets sold per game this upcoming season, which includes partial and full-season season ticket packages, group sales and suites sold at the New Orleans Arena, according to team spokesman Harold Kaufman. Under new owner Tom Benson, the Hornets have made a push this offseason to either match or exceed last season's 10,000 season ticket total. The Hornets are expected to be one of the young emerging teams to watch because of No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis and rookie guard Austin Rivers. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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