BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The New Orleans Hornets are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans, perhaps as early as the 2013-14 season. That’s according to a report by Yahoo!Sports. The Hornets have planned to change their name since Tom Benson bought the team in April.
The name change must be approved by the NBA.
The Pelican is the Louisiana state bird and appears on both the state seal and flag.
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said in November he’d be interested bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte.
A New Orleans minor league baseball team held the nickname Pelicans in all but nine seasons from 1887-1959, and again in 1997.