Just read this interesting tidbit and thought I'd share with you folks. Hope you all don't already know this...
At around the same time that we worked on the Kings logo project, we had the opportunity to work on the identity for the new hockey team that was to start playing in Miami for the 1993-94 season. Disney had just named its new team the Mighty Ducks, after their movie of the same name, and Wayne Huizenga, the founder of Blockbuster Video, figured that he, too, would name his expansion franchise after his business. So, for a while there, I was designing the logo for the Florida Blockbusters (if you don't cotton to that name, consider what might have been had he chosen to celebrate the other business by which he made his fortune: Waste Management!). I had gotten as far as working out one logo direction, featuring a sledgehammer-wielding, construction helmet-wearing fellow, before the NHL brass put the kibosh on that name.
It's from an article revisiting the history of the awful original L.A. Kings jersey, and that quote is from one of the guys who was working on the project for a firm that does jersey designs.
Haha, Wayne! He sold Blockbuster to Viacom not to long after the Panthers started, so would've been even more lame. The Blockbusters..."there's a blockbuster deal in the works involving the Blockbusters."
Well, at least they reserved the "Waste Management" naming rights after Huizenga sold the team.
Of course, the new ownership group mistook the purpose of those naming rights and thought it was a mandate for future asset management decisions. Thank God Tallon came along to sort out this misconception.
The Florida Video Jockeys
Miami Movie and a Popcorns
The Florida Blockbusters brought to you tonight by the Romance Section! (That'd be after hiring Yorkman)
The Florida Betamaxes
The Florida Be Kind Rewinds
Hmm...no wonder they settled on Panthers
Seriously, I think this thread should be designated for brainstorming other potential names.
The Florida Trashheaps
The Florida Waste...hmm....maybe it's not to late to rename them
Huizinga had great plans for Blockbusters, if you remember in mid-90ies, along I-75, somewhere in Miramar, there were some signs that Blockbuster land will be built here, maybe even the arena would have been there. But then he sold it and now Blockbusters is under bancrupty protection.