Weren't the Bees called the "Buzz" when Larry Miller bought them?
He changed the name to reflect the old Salt Lake Bees, but also to avoid an
infringement action brought by Georgia Tech.
Close. The Buzz name was the initial name of the team under Joe Buzas. Georgia
Tech gave notice that they had a trademark on the name and an almost identical
logo. The Buzz then changed to the Stingers.When the Buzas family
decided to sell to LHM, he reopened the long stalled talks with a team somewhere
in the midwest (Missouri, I think) to license the name Bees and bring back the
name that was SLC's minor league team for so many years. LHM agreed to run
a full page ad in every Bees program for free plus kick in some money I would
assume and the deal was done bringing the name Bees back to Salt Lake City.
I dont think Salt Lake will ever have a MLB team. Payrolls for MLB teams can be
in $100's of millions of dollars annually and I dont think we have the
corporate presence to support the Jazz, RSL, and a MLB team. SLC is well
positioned as a AAA town and we have a great relationship with the Angels. Also,
the NFL is looking internationally to expand and SLC wont ever be more desirable
for the NFL than London, Madrid or Berlin. We have a great thing
going with college football in the Utes, Aggies and Cougars. Barring an
unforseen population explosion, we are what we are and I love it. We are lucky
to have a NBA team. We are lucky to have gotten RSL when we did. NYCFC paid a
$100 million dollar expansion fee. If RSL was to try to start today it would be
very tough for an owner to spend that kind of money. I admire Mr. Amicones
enthusiasm but I think we have all the sports teams we need right now. Lets grow
what we have and not worry about what we dont have.
Wow, this is the first article where the question about an NFL team in Utah was
asked and the immediate answer wasn't "won't work because of
Sunday". I'm glad to hear that IF a team were to land in Salt Lake
that it would have a shot. I know it's a long shot, but I'd LOVE to
see an NFL team in Utah. Put us in the AFC West with Denver, Oakland, San Diego
and KC and there would be a lot of rivalries.