The Charlotte Bobcats have officially changed their uniforms in time for next season.
Gone (for the most part) is the orange color that had dominated Charlotte’s jerseys for years. Gone (entirely) is the “Bob”.
The Bobcats’ home jerseys are all white, with “Cats” running across the chest in navy blue and the jersey number under the “S” in Carolina blue. a navy blue accent with orange trim runs down the side of the jersey.
Their road jerseys are all navy blue, with “Charlotte” running across the chest and the jersey number under the “tte” in white. A Carolina blue accent with orange trim runs down the side of this jersey.
For a slideshow of the new jerseys, click this link.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the team said this move had nothing to do with symbolizing the ownership change from Bob Johnson to Michael Jordan.
The paper also said the team is willing to change jerseys in the future, and even change the team’s name, depending on things like how the change would lead to “improved ticket and merchandise sales and marketing.”
A recent comment on BringBackTheBuzz.wordpress.com (a group dedicated to bringing the Hornets likeness back to Charlotte) from “Parks Neilson” had this sentiment in it: “Looks like they are just trying to get Bob Johnson’s association with the team removed… I don’t really think the current management really understands the passion that exists for our Hornets, but I am sure MJ remembers.”
It seems like that’s a common thought shared amongst former Hornets and current Bobcats fans, and if the team will only change its name if it leads to improved ticket and merchandise sales and marketing, bringing back the Hornets to Charlotte seems like the right thing to do.