1. Bourbon Street wasn't named for a liquor. It was named for the Bourbon
family that ruled France at the time of New Orleans' family.2.
While it is true that New Orleans couldn't keep the Jazz, that had nothing
to do with its local success. The New Orleans Jazz set NBA attendance records,
and the city supported the team quite well. The Jazz left New Orleans because
the owner of the team was married to a Utahan. 3. While you may have
a Jazz band or two in Utah, that's completely unrelated to why that name is
important to New Orleanians. The name is important because New Orleans invented
Jazz music. There's not just a Jazz band or two in New Orleans, it is part
of the fabric here. Jazz is as intricate the New Orleans and its culture as
musical theatre is to Broadway. If every jazz band in Utah disappeared from the
planet earth, it would have little noticeable impact either on Jazz music or the
state of Utah.
Congratulations for putting yourself on the same side as the Irsays -- there
ought to be room to negotiate some sort of deal like Modell did for the
I've been a Jazz fan since the glory days of Stockton and Malone. Since
then the coaches have changed, the players have changed, and the uniforms have
changed. The name is pretty much the only thing that hasn't changed. Living
in NC, I don't get to see many games...so the name is pretty much the
biggest draw for my loyalty, as I don't really know the new players.
Getting a new name would make them seem like a completely different team than
the one I have known.
I can't think of any name that would retain the history, the winning record
(overall), the memories of all the men who have made the team great, and so on.
When I hear "Utah Jazz", I know exactly who they are. Why can't
New Orleans pick a new name which reflects what they are most famous for?
Something like "party animals" or "dolphins" or
"trumpets" etc. It has never bothered me that Utah is not famous for
jazz music; it IS famous for the Utah Jazz! New Orleans can choose a new name
because they are essentially starting a new team; Utah would be, in effect,
starting a new franchise if they changed their name to, say, "Utah
Pioneers" or "Utah ??" I can't think of any other names not
already being used by college teams!
Why was the nickname "ever" brought here to begin with? It's
ridiculous! Sell it and get something that pertains to our state!
I'm fine giving them the name back. It's their total indentity as a
city and it's not ours. Let's find a name that we identify with and
get a couple of first rounders out of the deal. A win win for both sides.
Don't you need to know what they will pay for the name???What
about $400 million and 2 first round draft picks?Now that we've
established you're willing to sell the name, it's just a question of