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By Mike Baldwin Modified: July 20, 2008 at 7:20 am •  Published: July 20, 2008
If a television report is accurate, owners of the Oklahoma City NBA team will have listened to the fans.

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City is reporting the team's name will be the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's the nickname that won The Oklahoman's contest, which was determined by internet fan balloting. The ABC affiliate cited a source close to the ownership group that Thunder will be the nickname for the NBA franchise that moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle earlier this month.

The Oklahoman conducted a 64-team NCAA Tournament-like bracket contest. Thunder defeated Outlaws in the finals.

Dan Mahoney, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City NBA franchise, said Saturday night no one with the organization would comment on KOCO's report.

"We're not commenting on the name process until we have something ready to announce,” Mahoney said, adding no press conferences are scheduled.

NBA officials said earlier this week they expect something to be announced next month but added the entire process — a nickname, logos and uniforms — could stretch into September.

Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett has said privately he prefers a nickname that ends with the letter "s” instead of a singular name nickname, but Bennett added that he and his partners would consider several options.

Bennett's only comment was made at a July 2 press conference when he said, "We've absorbed the flavor of what the citizens have considered.”

The nickname has been a hot topic, bordering on obsession, since Bennett announced earlier this month the team was relocating to Oklahoma City.

It can be a tedious process.

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