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Luhm on NBA: Maybe ‘Jazz’ belongs back in New Orleans


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Like Miller, he is a shrewd businessman who has vowed to keep his NBA team playing in New Orleans Arena.

So, if the Millers sold the nickname to him, they wouldn’t have to worry about someday seeing the Kansas City Jazz, the Seattle Jazz or the Long Island Jazz on their schedule.

No word from Jazz if name is negotiable

Memphis, Tenn. » Utah Jazz officials have not responded to an inquiry by The Salt Lake Tribune, asking whether the team would be interested in negotiating the rights to its nickname with New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson.

A Jazz spokesman said Friday night that CEO Greg Miller and team president Randy Rigby attended the NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York.

Benson’s purchase of the Hornets was announced Friday afternoon after a Board of Governors meeting.

Coach Tyrone Corbin said Saturday he doesn’t want Utah to give the “Jazz” back to New Orleans.

“I’m sure it’ll work itself out, but we can’t give up our name,” Corbin said.

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Personally, I believe the idea of selling the nickname back to New Orleans is worthy of consideration — now more than ever.

For the right price, I think everyone in Utah might enjoy the buzz and the bottom line that would result from renaming the Jazz.

How about the Utah Olympians?

Or the Utah Lakers?

Oh, wait. That one’s already taken.

luhm@sltrib.com




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