Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oklahoma City Thunder - New NBA Name, Same Rules

It appears that Oklahoma City has decided on a team name for the once Seattle SuperSonics. The people of Oklahoma City have voted the "Thunder" as their team's name.

The Thunder follow a growing trend in professional supports to drop the plural "s" in team names. Remember when professional sports only had three names (that I can think of) that didn't end with an "s?" Red Sox, White Sox, and Jazz. Since the NBA expanded more than 15 years ago, the trend has been to drop the "s." The NBA did that with their Miami Heat and Orlando Magic franchises.

The NHL continued the trend with move of the Avalanche and expansion Wild. Then the US Major League Soccer teams continued the trend with the Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, and Chicago Fire... to name a few.

The WNBA has taken a page from the NBA's team name marketing chapter and turned it into their own style sheet template! The WNBA team names without an "s" include:

  • Atlanta Dream
  • Detroit Shock
  • Connecticut Sun
  • NY Liberty
  • Indiana Fever
  • Chicago Sky
  • Seattle Storm
  • Minn. Lynx
  • Phoenix Mercury
Is the Thunder a good team name? Or will the people of OKC want to impeach the Thunder when the next team name marketing trend comes up?

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