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8:57 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Charlotte Hornets Come Roaring Back

The Charlotte Hornets' first tipoff in 12 years.
Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Hornets staged a storybook comeback Wednesday night. The city’s NBA team opened its season with a name, logo and color scheme that are technically new but are also a return to the iconic brand that Charlotteans called their own from 1988 to 2002. The replacement team, the Bobcats, decided to buy back the Hornets name. And Wednesday night, a sold-out arena watched the team erase a 24-point deficit to win its first game as the Hornets, 108 to 106 against the Milwaukee Bucks. 

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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
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
9:37 am
Tue March 25, 2014

NBA Commissioner: Bobcats' Arena Needs Upgrades To Host All-Star Game

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in Charlotte.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Great news for Charlotte basketball fans, but not necessarily for Charlotte taxpayers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he’d love for the city to host an All-Star game. But he says the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena needs an upgrade first, and that’s where taxpayers come in.


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Local News
9:47 am
Wed March 5, 2014

NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers

13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and the races in the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center.
Michael Tomsic

NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.


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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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Charlotte Observer
2:41 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats Fire Coach Mike Dunlap After 21-61 Season

Charlotte Bobcats' Mike Dunlap was fired Tuesday, less than a week after his first Bobcats team finished the season at 21-61.
Credit David T. Foster III / Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Bobcats have fired coach Mike Dunlap after a single season in which the NBA team went 21-61.

The Bobcats put out a brief statement Tuesday that included the following quote from president of basketball Rod Higgins:

“Rich Cho and I conducted our season-ending review and met with Coach Dunlap to reflect on this season. As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position. We want to thank Mike for his contribution and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Local News Features
11:55 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Charlotte Hornets' Fans Leverage Social Media To "Bring Back The Buzz"

The logo for the "We-BEE-lieve" campaign.
John Morgan

There’s been a lot of BUZZ recently about a certain name returning to Charlotte. Yes, the speculation is the Hornets name could be coming back to the city's NBA team. The New owner of the New Orleans Hornets wants to change the team’s name to something a little more Louisiana-centric. When the news broke December 4 that the NBA team could drop the name as early as next season, it excited a lot of people who were upset when the Hornets left in 2002.

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Charlotte Observer
10:44 am
Thu December 6, 2012

$3 Million Question: Will Nostalgia, Money Follow 'Hornets' Nickname?

Lids, a store that sells sport, fashion and collegiate hats, started carrying merchandise with the Charlotte Hornets logo a year ago and according to store manager, Adrian Splawn,
Credit Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez / Charlotte Observer

  The Charlotte Bobcats face a $3 million decision: Is it worth the investment to change the team’s name to “Hornets,” hoping to capture the nostalgia for Charlotte’s original NBA team?
 Reports Tuesday said Tom Benson, the new owner of the New Orleans Hornets who said he wants to change his team’s nickname to something that represents that city, has chosen “Pelicans” as that new name.

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