Naming of Bulls' development team enters second round

  • Hoffman Estates officials, including Mayor Bill McLeod, center, with basketball, pose for photos next to a Chicago Bulls jersey after voting to make the Sears Centre Arena the home of the Bulls' new Development League team earlier this month.

      Hoffman Estates officials, including Mayor Bill McLeod, center, with basketball, pose for photos next to a Chicago Bulls jersey after voting to make the Sears Centre Arena the home of the Bulls' new Development League team earlier this month. Doug T. Graham | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/25/2015 5:47 PM

Though Wednesday was the deadline to nominate a name for the Chicago Bulls' new Development League team in Hoffman Estates, a second round of the process is planned for December, during which the public can vote from among a list of finalists.

The only criteria placed on the nominations for the name-the-team contest is that every suggestion had to end with "Bulls."

 

Earlier this month, the Bulls announced they were creating their own team for the D-League and leasing Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre Arena for both its home games and front office.

The minor league team, whose players could be called up to the NBA throughout the year, is expected to begin playing at the Sears Centre in mid-November 2016. The team is expected to play 24 homes games during the regular season.

The team's lease of the arena is for five years but carries the possibility of renewals for up to 15 more years.

In announcing the team, Bulls President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf promised the franchise would be a boon to suburban fans, recreating the fun and excitement of the United Center experience at the Sears Centre.

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