Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Talks
3:11 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Charlotte Hornets And Rebranding

Credit CharlotteBobcats.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Bobcats are no more because the Buzz is Back. The Hornets name has returned to Charlotte's NBA team and executives are hoping the rebirth of the original name along with aggressive moves in the front office and on the court will get the hive buzzing again. To that end, they are also launching a rebranding campaign. But what does it take to rebrand a team? And when it comes to sports, what's in a name? Can it make a difference? Hornets officials answer those questions and more. 

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Charlotte Observer
11:58 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Charlotte: Spend $33.5 Million On Arena For Hornets

Relocating the ticket office is one of the changes proposed for the Time Warner Cable Arena in order to comply with the Hornet's bid to host a future NBA All-Star game.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

The city of Charlotte is prepared to spend $27.5 

million in capital improvements for Time Warner Cable Arena, as well as 10 years’ worth of annual payments of $600,000 for ongoing maintenance.

The Charlotte Hornets and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority asked the city earlier this year for nearly $48 

million in arena improvements, many of which the city and the team said are part of a 2003 operating agreement that requires the 9-year-old building to be among the National Basketball Association’s most modern.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets' Top Draft Picks Bring Talent - And A Few Questions

Former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston.
Credit David T. Foster, III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Hornets added some height to their roster with a pair of first-round picks in Thursday night’s NBA draft.   The team used its number-nine choice to draft 6-foot-10 Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh.    The Hornets picked up former North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston with their other first-round choice.    WFAE’s Mark Rumsey spoke with Charlotte  Observer sports columnist Tom Sorensen to get his thoughts on what the new players will bring to the mix for the Hornets.


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Local News
10:42 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hornets Fill Needs In NBA Draft

Noah Vonleh
Credit Facebook

The NBA draft was Thursday night. As WFAE’s Kevin Kniestedt explains, the Charlotte Hornets did well to fill some glaring holes in their roster.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Al Jefferson Is First Bobcat, Er, Fifth Hornet To Make All-NBA Team

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) throws down a one-handed dunk.
Credit JEFF SINER — jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

  Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson on Wednesday became the fifth player in Charlotte's NBA history to make an All-NBA team. That stat is an example of why the used-to-be Bobcats wanted to get more than just the Hornets name back – they also wanted the Hornets' history.

Sure, this is kind of technical, but it's a big deal for Charlotte sports history. When the Hornets left for New Orleans, they took all their stats and records with them – Charlotte no longer got to claim any of that history.

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Local News
10:17 am
Wed May 21, 2014

It's Official: The Buzz Is Back

Members of the media swarm team president Fred Whitfield after a press conference on Tuesday.
Credit Nick de la Canal / WFAE

 

After 12 years away, the Hornets name has officially returned to Charlotte. The city's NBA team finalized its name-change from the Bobcats to the Hornets Tuesday.


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Local News
5:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Goodbye, Bobcats. Now, Bring On The Hornets

Coach Steve Clifford at the Bobcats' postseason press conference on Wednesday.
Credit bobcats.com

The Charlotte Bobcats were swept out of the playoffs this week, but Coach Steve Clifford says the team achieved something this season it hasn’t had for a long time: relevancy.


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Local News
11:25 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Buzz On Charlotte's Baseball Past

Charlotte Hornets line-up for 1957 season opener against Knoxville (from Charlotte Observer clippings archived at UNC Charlotte's J. Murray Atkins Library).
Mark Rumsey / UNC Charlotte - University Archives WFAE

It's a big day in the Charlotte area's professional baseball history. The new 10,000 seat BB&T Ballpark uptown debuts tonight when the Triple-A Charlotte Knights take on the Norfolk Tides.

The Knights had spend the previous 24 seasons in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

The region has a long and colorful history of professional baseball. WFAE's Mark Rumsey captured that history in this story, which first aired last summer. 


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Local News
5:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Business Of Bringing 'Hornets' Back To Charlotte

Owner Michael Jordan and Chief Marketing Officer Pete Guelli announced the name-change in May.
Michael Tomsic

After 12 years away, one of Charlotte's most beloved brands is coming home. Next season, Charlotte's NBA team will once again take the court as the Hornets. The Bobcats announced the change last summer, and the organization is taking about a year and a half to transition. WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the business of bringing the Hornets back.


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Hornets Logo
9:52 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Bobcats Unveil Future Hornets Logo

Credit CharlotteBobcats.com

The Charlotte Bobcats have unveiled a new logo for their planned renaming as the Charlotte Hornets next year. It’s teal and purple, with lots of sharp lines, a pointed stinger and piercing eyes.

Hornets owner Michael Jordan unveiled the team’s new visual branding at halftime of Saturday night’s game against the Utah Jazz.  The Bobcats will bring back the city’s old NBA team name in the 2014-15 season.

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