This is the first year for the New Orleans NBA team to be named the Pelicans. Along with the new name came the new mascot Pierre the Pelican. Suffice it to say, New Orleans is going through many changes this season.
Now another change for the franchise is on the way. The naming rights to the NOLA arena have been claimed by a fast food drink company:
@PelicansNBA have called a presser for Thursday Assuming naming rights announcement. Reports say NOLA Arena will become Smoothie King Center
— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherMackel) February 5, 2014
Drink up, Pelicans fans!
Pierre the Pelican image courtesy of Getty Images