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Charlotte Bobcats Logo - Design and History

 Image The original Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2002-03 season. At that time, the city and the NBA agreed to create a new team in Charlotte for the 2004-05 season.  While many groups bid for the ownership of the team, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson won out. On June 15, 2006 it was announced that NBA legend Michael Jordan would become the 2nd largest owner in the Bobcats second to Johnson himself.

How did the name Bobcats come into being? There are a few theories on that.

  • The public actually select the name Charlotte Flight, after the Wright Brothers, but the owner still wnet with his favorite name, the Bobcats. The other choice was the Charlotte Dragons.
  • The bobcat is one of the few indigenous predators to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County area of North Carolina. That paired with the fact that Charlotte is home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers made the cat-theme a natural choice to carry over to its new basketball team. 
  • The city's public transport systen is called CATS, short for "Charlotte Area Transit System" Another suggested reason for the team's name is a derivation of the owner's name since he is a "cat named Bob."

 All kind of makes sense. The logo is pretty simple and depicts an angry bobcat.

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