The New Jersey Nets and owner Mikhail Prohkorov have begun the application process for changing the team’s name.
Nets spokesman Barry Baum said today the team filed paperwork with the
National Basketball Association earlier this week. If accepted, the
change would become official before the 2012-13 season, when the Nets
plan to move to Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center.
“The do*****ents are already submitted to the NBA office,” Prokhorov said
in an interview with Forbes Russia magazine. “The name change will
happen in 2012.”
Any NBA team with the intention of changing its name, logo or uniform must apply to the league 25 months before the start of the season in which it intends to unveil the change. The final decision rests with the NBA’s 30-member Board of Directors.
As of right now, no specific change has been detailed in the application, Baum said in a telephone interview.