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Published: Thursday, Aug. 14 2014 12:55 p.m. MDT

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Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

ExDixieIte
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Cherrycoug
Taylorsville, UT

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.

CKS007
Clearfield, UT

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.

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