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02-11-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by MuzikMachine View Post
The NHL seems to be a bit of an anomaly in that relocated teams go for an identity change when they relocate with the only exceptions being the Atlanta to Calgary Flames and the North Stars to Stars when they moved to Dallas. The other three professional leagues have chosen to keep their names, however recent relocations have had name changes (Montreal Expos -> Washington Nationals, Houston Oilers -> Tennessee Titans, and Seattle Super Sonics -> OKC Thunder).
Well, I think what happened was that teams started feeling like it was bad PR to keep a name that didn't make sense.

There isn't a lot of whaling history in North Carolina. The thrasher is not the provincial bird of Manitoba. A Nordique is someone from the North, which has no bearing on a team in Denver. There isn't a history of aviation or building airplanes in Oklahoma City or in Phoenix. There wasn't an oil boom in Tennessee. There was not a gigantic convention called an Expo in Washington, DC. I believe the city of Cleveland wanted to keep the Browns name for their expansion team.

There just happens to be a lot more relocation in other leagues of teams with non-regional names or names that can apply to both places. Rams. Raiders. Athletics. Flames. Hornets. Nets. The one that really makes little sense is the Grizzlies...

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