Utah Jazz Extra: It is, and will be, the Utah Jazz, not New Orleans

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  • RfrancisR Savannah, GA
    April 17, 2012 10:24 p.m.

    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.

  • BaltimoreTom Chesapeake, VA
    April 17, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    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 Browns....

  • sandgrules Durham, NC
    April 17, 2012 6:06 a.m.

    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.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    April 16, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    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!

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    April 16, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    Why was the nickname "ever" brought here to begin with? It's ridiculous! Sell it and get something that pertains to our state!

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    April 16, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    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.

  • J R Stewart Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 16, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    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 price.