'Heartland Bulls' among finalists for D-League team name

 
 
Updated 12/17/2015 11:20 AM
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  • NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner, state Rep. Fred Crespo, Bulls Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf, Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod and his wife, Joane, and Bulls General Manager Gar Forman were on hand for this fall's announcement that the Bulls will support a D-League team to play at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner, state Rep. Fred Crespo, Bulls Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf, Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod and his wife, Joane, and Bulls General Manager Gar Forman were on hand for this fall's announcement that the Bulls will support a D-League team to play at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Photo courtesy of Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls Thursday started the second round of their campaign to name their new Development League team that will begin playing at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates next fall.

The three nominees fans can vote for online through Tuesday, Dec. 22, are "Great Lakes Bulls," "Heartland Bulls" and "Windy City Bulls."

Votes can be cast at bulls.com/dleague.

The Bulls received nearly 3,600 name suggestions during the first round of the "Name the Team" campaign last month. Nominations came from all 50 states and there were several international submissions from countries that included Brazil and the Philippines.

Those who submitted suggestions ranged in age from elementary school students to 89 years old.

Chicago Bulls staff members from a variety of departments reviewed the submissions and narrowed them to three. The criteria included that the names ended in "Bulls," had a connection to the geographic location, and showed affinity to the NBA team, ability to evoke community pride and potential to create a team identity. The legal availability of the name was also considered.

The new D-League team will play the 24 home games of its inaugural season at the Sears Centre between November 2016 and April 2017.

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can visit bulls.com/dleague or call (847) 396-7070 to place a nonrefundable deposit of $50 to gain season-ticket priority.

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