The New Orleans Pelicans have one of the strangest histories in the NBA. The franchise began in 1985 as the Charlotte Hornets and were for a time the hottest ticket in town. Their future looked bright on the court as well with Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson leading the team. The Hornets reeled off 364 consecutive home sellouts meaning there wasn’t an empty seat in the house for almost nine seasons. As the 1990’s drew to a close something strange started to happen–owner George Shinn was successfully alienating one of the most passionate fan bases in the league. The Hornets were #1 in attendance in their first year in the NBA but by 2002, had dropped to #29. The erosion in support was almost entirely due to the community’s disdain for Shinn.
The Hornets were anxious to leave Charlotte, and the city had no problem letting them go. The NBA promised the ‘Queen City’ a future expansion team and the Hornets would relocate to New Orleans. New Orleans was an odd choice, having lost their previous NBA team to Salt Lake City in 1979. The first few years in New Orleans were a mess. The team struggled on the court and would temporarily relocate to Oklahoma City for two seasons due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Hornets would return to New Orleans in 2007 and got a huge ‘push’ from the NBA since ‘Katrina relief’ had become a cause celebre for corporate America. The league awarded the All-Star Game to New Orleans, and the team started playing good basketball with point guard Chris Paul as the catalyst. Just when things started to look up owner Shinn’s finances forced him to sell the team to the NBA.
It’s never good for a sports team to be under league ownership, and that was the case in New Orleans. The post-Katrina love fest toward the Crescent City was no more, and the NBA did very little to improve the team. In fact, their primary goal was to send the team’s only marketable player–Chris Paul–to a bigger market. Paul would eventually leave for the Los Angeles Clippers after which the NBA started trying to sell the team. New Orleans Saints’ owner Tom Benson cut a check to buy the Hornets for $338 million. At the time, he made a promise to give the team a name more befitting the region. His initial plan was to revive the ‘Jazz’ nickname, but that would require the Utah Jazz relinquishing it. After Jazz management finished laughing they gave Benson an emphatic ‘no’ to the request to relinquish their nickname. Unable to sucker the Utah team out of the ‘Jazz’ nickname, Benson would settle on ‘Pelicans’. The New Orleans Pelicans then relinquished *their* old nickname to the Charlotte Bobcats, who will once again play as the Charlotte Hornets starting this season.
Despite the new nickname, the New Orleans Pelicans are not a hot property for national TV broadcasts. The team will appear ten times on national television this year meaning that fans looking for streaming Pelicans basketball game online won’t be able to rely on ESPN, TNT, ABC or the local broadcast affiliates. The NBA League Pass subscription is a better option for fans looking for a New Orleans Pelicans lives stream or TV broadcast. The League Pass package offers just about every NBA game on television and online but comes at a prohibitive cost. The package costs $149 for online access and $199 for combined TV/digital viewing.
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