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NBA fans' game plan: Be patient
Choosing name, colors complicated

By Mike Baldwin Published: July 16, 2008
Similar to a pregnant woman deluged with questions about what she will name her baby, everyone with interest in Oklahoma City's NBA team wants to know the new nickname.

Fans will have to be patient.

It's a lot more complicated than simply choosing a name and color scheme.

"It's usually a 22-month process,” said Christopher Arena, the NBA's vice president for apparel, sporting goods and partnerships. "We're having to cram it into three or four months.”

Teams applying for a new nickname and logo usually submit between six to eight choices to league officials with a first preference and a second choice.

Arena said the NBA then must ensure any name or logo selected does not conflict with an existing basketball-related brand.

Legal, licensing and distribution issues must be resolved before the new nickname can be placed on T-shirts, hats, jewelry, key chains and posters.

It can be a tedious process.

Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett and his partners already have the wheels in motion, but fans will have to wait.

"The complete team identity, including name, colors, logos and the uniform, will be completed by late September,” Arena said. "We will work with Mr. Bennett, the team and adidas on a plan to release some individual elements as soon as next month.”

Due to the organization's mid-summer move from Seattle, there is a time crunch. But preseason games don't begin until October. The NBA regular season doesn't begin until November.

Still, Bennett, his partners and NBA officials hope to have items printed up long before games are played.

"Each team does it differently,” said Kristin Conte, the NBA's marketing manager.

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