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The Hornets are Charlotte's team. If the franchise is to remain in New Orleans and be successful, management must signal commitment to the city by creatively relaunching themselves as the New Orleans Horns. Hire a couple of brass bands and ditch the annoying PA noise show.

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Alan Joseph Williams

Hornets saved!

Joseph, I missed your comment somehow. Thanks for your advocacy!

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Joseph Gerrity

A friend pointed me in this direction. You're speaking my language! I write for Hornets247 and now I'm an owner of HornetsReport. I've actually talked about two issues of the issues the poll creator brings up.

Thought you might be interested to know that someone (me!) is advocating the same things you are.

Here's an article on "Homegrown Night", which would theoretically feature brass bands instead of prerecorded stuff-- www.hornets247.com/blog/2010/1...

And my website SaveOurHornets.com, which takes donations to purchase tickets for underprivileged kids.

Go Hornets!

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Eli

The relaunch I'm suggesting is designed to attract that kind of ownership.

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Eli

The only person that can make Chris Paul stay is Chris Paul. Remember how Cleveland bent over backward for LeBron? They had anyone ever associated with that city making schmaltzy viral youtube videos to get him to stay. They essentially arranged a custom-made episode of Family Guy to get him to stay. He left because he wanted a competitive franchise. Chris Paul probably has better sense than LeBron and won't be nearly as unceremonious about swapping jerseys but the only way to convince him to stick around is not an outpouring of fan support but new, stable ownership that can provide the capital necessary to upgrade the team during the next 12 months.

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Alan Joseph Williams

Is there any way for fan input on the Paul question to influence those hard-nosed business negotiations?

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Eli

The NBA has bent over backwards to keep the team in New Orleans and is the entity responsible for finding a responsible buyer similarly committed to keeping the team local. The NBA would be wise to devote resources to a much more aggressive relaunch of the franchise. Despite the "I'm in" campaign, I sense that most local fans are keenly aware of the franchise's tenuous position in the city, especially considering the liklihood that Paul will have many attractive suitors next summer.

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Eli

I like the "I'm in" marketing campaign also. But this team is in deep trouble. In the NBA, unlike in the other major professional sports, is incredibly dependent on the ability to find and retain singular talents. The Hornets happen to have one of those right now in the person of Chris Paul. He is a free agent after this season. Unless the team finds a stable ownership group that proves itself capable of committing the capital necessary to make the team into a contender in the short term (spending not just on player payroll but on medical staff, facilities, etc.), CP3 is going to elect to leave for a more sustainable basketball market.

That singular event is likely to keep the Hornets stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference for several subsequent seasons, tanking ticket sails, and making it exceedingly difficult to keep the team financially viable in New Orleans.

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Alan Joseph Williams

Can't agree more.

I don't know for sure, but I think the "I'm In" marketing campaign appealing to local nationalism has been pretty successful.

I saw in the TP yesterday that they are now launching an effort to get to 10,000 season ticket holders. It will be interesting to see if they can get there.

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