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NEWORLEANS-- Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the New Orleans Hornets are planning to change their name to the Pelicans, possibly as early as next season.

The brown pelican is the state bird and is featured prominently on the state flag and seal. There was also a minor league baseball team for much of 1887-1959 and 1977 in New Orleans called the Pelicans.

Gayle Benson told Fox Sports New Orleans last week that her preference for new team colors was navy blue, red and gold.

Owner Tom Benson has floated the idea of changing the team's image after buying the team in April.

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