Countdown to rumored Pelicans announcement
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets are a few hours away from the expected announcement that they're changing their name to the Pelicans.
A countdown clock on the team's website is ticking down to a 3 p.m. reveal, which is widely believed to be owner Tom Benson's rebranding effort for the team.
The NBA team remained the Hornets after moving from Charlotte, N.C. to New Orleans. Along with the mascot and name change, Benson is expected to announce the team's colors will change to blue, gold and red.
The changes would go into effect in the 2013 - 2014 NBA season.
We'll have the latest on the announcement tonight on News 2 and here at WBRZ.com.